36 Ventilators, 4.7m³ Packing Chips | Zimoun | Via
Continuing the trademark use of mechanical devices — and the bewildering visual and acoustic effects they inherently produce — bern-based studio Zimoun presents ’36 ventilators, 4.7m³ packing chips’ at the art museum of lugano, Switzerland. The installation fills the entirety of the space with thousands of styrofoam pieces, swirling them into a massive and immersive plastic blizzard. Thirty-six ventilators — four situated in each window of the space — whirl the flakes into an continuous vortex of kinetic matter and, when lit at night by halogen spotlights, the scene recalls the swarming of insects in glass cases.
"The scheme for the new House of Fairytales is founded on the idea of a garden populated by seven architectural “characters”. Throughout the garden, a pattern of winding paths give the whole site a cohesive identity, while at the same time breaking it down into manageable parts that can be themed individually. The contrast between this pattern and the surrounding urban fabric will clearly indicate to the visitor that by crossing the border to the site they step into the world of fairy tales. The characters are museum pavilions that are playfully but strategically distributed throughout the garden.
Each pavilion develops its distinct persona through proportions, materiality and its relation to adjacent landscape elements in the garden. The small scale and varying character of the pavilions puts them in productive dialogue with the authentic buildings in the north corner of the site. Together, the new and the authentic will begin to unfold narratives with ties to both the fairy tales and contemporary culture.”
A Chinese businessman hid two illegally built extra storeys on his penthouse suite with trees and plants. The penthouse already had a roofgarden, but it was increased in size to deceive neighbours and officials.