Saturday, December 24, 2011

Holon Design Museum by Ron Arad-Israel

The Holon Design Museum , was like a blank canvas on which the project formed. Generate a hierarchy of outdoor spaces where you can walk under the building by a semi-covered courtyard, where you have the choice of taking the path of air conditioned or the other exposed to the weather elements. The evolution of the building is not only a sculptural space, but also a structure.
"Holon is a city that is re-inventing itself culturally, with plans to invest heavily ambisiosos cultural issues. The concept for the museum in the sun of the Middle East is to generate a single instance. The city was brave enough to give Ron Arad the design task, and hopefully is well received by the municipality and the public. "


The museum consists of two primary galleries and a number of alternative exhibition spaces and education. The upper gallery (500m ²) highlights the abundance of natural light in Israel and the qualities they can lead to exposure of three-dimensional elements, while allowing flexibility for curators to modulate the levels of light. The smallest room (250m ²) is higher inside but offers a more intimate relation between the visitors and the exhibit.
"Working together for incicial stage of development, has enabled us to find an answer to the question of the relationship between the exhibition spaces and public circulation. We were capitalizing on the potential space between the curves of the tapes for all surfaces around the galleries and public facilities fit comfortably in all cases, creating additional galleries. The tapes are a key visual guides visitors into the building through it and then out, the same are converted into a rope that ties the entire building to the outside. "

Las Pozas: surrealist art in the Mexican jungle


Deep in the Mexican jungle lies a marvelous architectural project called ‘Las Pozas’. Over 36 surrealistic structures, some over 100 feet high, were built in concrete at this magnificent site by the eccentric poet, architect and arts patron, Edward James.
Turning his back to aristocratic Edwardian society, this wealthy Englishman has arrived to Las Pozas, Xilitla, in the early 1950’s to breath life into the surrealist art he loved and collected.
In the 1960s and 1970s Edward invested millions of dollars, employing hundreds of masons, artisans, and local craftsmen to realize his dream. Las Pozas is a truly magnificent place - it’s a home for exotic animals and an extraordinary surreal sculpture garden spread out over more than 20 acres of lush tropical jungle.

“In a rain forest in Mexico lies a wilderness fantasy called Las Pozas, where concrete flowers bloom in profusion, unfinished stairways spiral into the treetops, and waterfalls fill secret pools — All a day’s drive from the Texas border.”

There’s also a documentary film, by Avery Danziger, called ‘Edward James: Builder of Dreams‘ - A 60-min film that will challenges your imagination and take you on an extraordinary journey into the surreal world of Edward James.






Photos by Malú Ramírez.
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