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AR Reading List 010

The latest instalment of our new series of AR Reading Lists: seven carefully chosen pieces from our archive, free for registered users

Architecture is always hoping to achieve something of the status of art, writes Yvonne Farrell in her essay on Art + Craft. ‘Artists have the freedom to think and make on behalf of society’ but it is our job as architects ‘to fold the ordinary into something more worthwhile’. All of the arts influence each other, ‘lap at the other’s shore’. At the Bauhaus, architects, painters and sculptors mingled and discussed ideas about returning to craft with restless enthuasiasm. Some architect’s tread a gentle line that meanders into the realm of art, and artists often inhabit a realm that is decidedly spatial. 

The artist residency represents a retreat, in its grandest form into a complex landscape like that of the southern Korean island Gapado or Ando’s wall of studios posied between land and sea in Casa Wabi. There is something particularly engaging in the brief for an artist’s studio or residence. Studios can take on a variety of appearances and locations, sometimes the architecture is incidental. Yet to design a space intended for creation is romantic, and also a practical challenge encapuslating considerations of light, space and patterns of living.

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