LE13EME is in Beirut and LINCOLN in Brussels. They were realized soon after each other. Whilst sharing the same philosophy, the end results are still highly distinctive. Very comparable in size and program, both projects are roof extensions in an urban context. Both have similar spatial concepts: functional cores articulating a fluid space. In both fluxes are a starting point; always possible to move around in more than just one way. Their plan is made with an addition of contracted and open spaces. No doors, except for the cores.
LE13EME could only be in Beirut and LINCOLN could only be in Brussels. Using the most basic way of building but revealing materials as part of the end product, avoiding all artificial covering. The question of the unpredictability in architecture has been a recurring theme in NOTAN OFFICE practice. LE13EME and LINCOLN compose with what can’t be drawn. The plan, the spatial experience are controlled but the final result, the materiality are unexpected. The final appearance only dependent on locally available materials, local know-how and local mistakes. The craftsman becomes the artist. The final appearance can only depend on the local labor becoming the central actor of the project.
Through this exhibition the idea of unpredictability and identity is once again materialized. In collaboration with the photograph/artist NICOLAS DELAROCHE, the essence of both projects is transcribed in what is shown at the Biennale. A grid of ceramics are displayed on the exhibition wall. Recomposed pictures travelling through the entire length of the projects are melted on them. The render depend on the temperature, the tiles and many uncontrollable parameters. Again, steel models show both projects the same way. The rough aspect emphasizes the idea of the unpredictable nature of the finished aspect due to the process of fabrication.
IT, Venice, Italy
Steel models and ceramics
Venice Biennale of Architecture