As contracts dry up in the bite of the austerity decade some intrepid architects have turned their trade to the world’s largest easter egg hunt
The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt is a collection of over 200 uniquely crafted eggs donated by leading artists, designers and jewellers hidden across London. Each egg will be auctioned in order to raise money for the charities Elephant Family and Action For Children. This is our selection of those made by architectural practices.
Fragile by Richard Beckett, Sarat Babu and Alexandrina Rizova
Beautifully and warningly titled Fragile, this egg by Bartlett students Richard Beckett, Saray Babu and Alexandrina Rizova, explores the fusion between the pragmatic minimalism of nature with advanced Additive Layer Manufacturing processes. The result is a sculpture that seems impossibly delicate and must be kept in a case to protect it from passers by.
Ovo by fourfoursixsix
This indulgently opulent interpretation of an egg’s overall geometric surface was created by architects fourfoursixsix using laser-sintering systems.
Algorithm by Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Wilkinson Eyre worked closely with their graduates and model makers to create an algorithmic script, which aimed at deconstructing the basic form of the egg into individual cells.
Chicken or Egg by Simon Tonks for Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
This playful piece, produced by Simon Tonks for Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, asks the simple, age-old, paradoxical question; which came first, the chicken or the egg?
The Anatomy of a Building by Grimshaw Architects
Nicholas Grimshaw’s piece returns, quite literally, to the bricks and blocks that make a building. The materials used to make this egg have been reclaimed from the practice’s latest building project. Unlike other entries pushing a bespoke parametric agenda, Grimshaw is making a humble yet pithy statement: re-use.
Dichotomy by Zaha Hadid Architects
Zaha Hadid Architects’ contribution claims to ‘reinvent the equilibrium between solid and void’ and to disrupt our preconceived notion of the ovoid form.
Scrambled Egg City by Catrina L. Stewart
Playing on Reyner Banham’s description of the postmodern city as being like ‘a scrambled egg’, recent Bartlett graduate Catrina Stewart enclosed a model of a fictional city that defies rationalist urban planning. Stewart will be familiar to eagle-eyed readers as the cover illustrator to last year’s AR House issue.
The Egg Hunt
The eggs will remain installed around London untill the 3rd of April 2012