French sculptor Sosno and architect Rytis Daukantas transformed one of his sculptures into an Art Gallery building. It is unusual architectural proposal even for an art space. To better understand nature of this “inhabited sculpture” we must familiarize with artis’s biography and his philosophy.
Sacha Sosno (born 1937) is French artist of New Realism movement and is one of the legends of so called “School of Nice”. His works has been termed as the art of obliteration. All of his sculptures and paintings are masked by empty or full space, inviting the viewer to use his own imagination. He seeks to obliterate or distort. It is the audience who has to use imagination to construct the full image of an object. Whatever it is some painting, sculpture or building, people have to finish creating it in their minds.
The concept of “inhabited sculpture” was born in mid-80s when Sosno alongside architect Yves Bayard (1935-2008) started to develop various projects combing sculpture and architecture. One of his most recognizable works is 26-meter high monumental sculpture-building “Tete carree” which by now become one of the landmarks in French city of Nice.
SOSNO Art Gallery building is total 600 m² with unique gallery space, conference hall, souvenir store and multimedia room. “Inhabited sculpture” building is 22 meters high and has 6 floors with a basement. The biggest challenge was to convert sculpture into a building and maintain as much useful space as the form of the sculpture allows. The scale had to harmonically integrate into surrounded landscape.
It was crucial to create a construction which would successfully resist the power of Mediterranean winds. Everything is organized around 22 meters high vertical steel skeleton. The structure also holds a cantilever which itself is divided into four levels. The right and left wings of cantilever are serving as a primary gallery. The space here is fragmented into four sections. On the 6th floor we find a small balcony. From there visitors can observe the bellow and make visual connection with three levels from one standing spot simultaneously. Some spaces has a multipurpose use and can be transformed. The cantilever is covered with a glass along with wooden louver which provides daylight. All the time visitors can enjoy magnificent views of nearby seaside and mountains. The second floor has a 52 m² conference hall for 45 persons with staff room. First floor (basement) has a small 41m² souvenir store. All other facilities are included. Aluminium sculpture firmly covers steel structure making it integral. The building is fully adapted for disabled persons. An arrow -shaped parking space and wheelchair ramp create easy access for handicap visitors. Inside there is an elevator and comfortable rest room.
Obliteration interrupts the silence of the image. Architecture as Art must find a new kind of public, another audience.
这是建筑师Rytis Daukantas 和艺术家 Sacha Sosno的一次合作，将艺术家 Sacha Sosno的一件雕塑作品转化成了建筑，这真是一个不寻常的建筑和艺术空间。生于1937年的艺术家 Sacha Sosno一直有着“居住雕塑”的理念，他是法国新现实主义运动艺术家，是尼斯学院传说之一，他的作品无论体现出“空”或者“满”，都吸引观众进行想象，让观众参与实现对象的完整。80年代中期，在他的“居住雕塑”理念下，他和另外一名建筑师合作了26米高的雕塑建筑“Tete carree”，现在该建筑已经成为法国尼斯市的标志性建筑之一。
Architect: Rytis Daukantas
Location: Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Materials: Steel Structure, aluminum sculpture, tempered Glass, wood louver
Building Area: 600m²