Materials Variations by titan

Allowing the materials to speak

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——Louis I. Kahn

« You say to a brick, ‘What do you want, brick?’
And brick says to you, ‘I like an arch.’
And you say to brick, ‘Look, I want one, too, but arches are expensive and I can use a concrete lintel.’ ‘What do you think of that, brick?’
Brick says: ‘I like an arch.’ »
——Louis I. Kahn

▼展览现场展示了多种不同的建筑材料,the exhibition shows various kinds of materials


Materials have always been a major part of the architect’s world, practice, and research. They speak their own language, about the places they come from, the richness and complexity of their formation, even the geological foundations of Earth itself. They also inspire us to push the boundaries of the architectural practice of inventing, reinventing, reusing, and adapting, going beyond the strict divisions between disciplines and finding new connections on aesthetic, functional, and technical levels.

▼材料包括砖块、煤块、绿植等,there are some bricks, coal, and plants

▼展览现场的材料细节 ,the details of materials


We propose a series of interventions, in the form of prototypes and segments of our research divided into themes and projects which, on one hand, will each tell its own silent story, and on the other, create a dialogue between the architect and his search for inspiration that will at times be vivid and dynamic, at other times, contemplative. The scenography follows our studies on materials – our research on production, finishing, implementation, on proportion and nuances, and light, and, moreover, the enduring or evanescent qualities of a project.

▼内部展示墙,the interior display wall


Looking back is a moment of reflection, a moment of uncovering untold stories – stories inhabited by architecture. Each of our projects has a story, in which all elements are considered with equal importance. Variations aims to offer a glimpse into these hidden and poetic aspects of our studio’s work.

▼仔细阅读注解的观众,the audience is reading carefully


To speak about such intangible, sometimes unmeasurable effects and fragments, it’s impossible not to think of them as art or sculpture in the realm of public space. Taking the exhibition outside the premises of its white space is a way to express the urban identity of the project, to make it evolve and live with the city, allowing the materials to ‘speak’. A slender piece of aluminum stands rather as a singular and elegant sculpture, playing on the dialogue between inside and outside. Its dynamic shades will illustrate the evolution of the future signaling control center for SNCF. Anchored in coal, its aesthetic and proportion will seek to engage with the passerby and capture the viewer’s imagination, for its purpose beyond function is the essence of our discipline.

▼展厅外观,exterior view

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