STEVEN HOLL ARCHITECTS OPENS EXHIBITION <I>LUMINOSITY/POROSITY</I>.

June 02, 2006

On June 2nd international architecture practice Steven Holl Architects (SHA) has opened the exhibition Luminosity/Porosity in Gallery MA, Tokyo, Japan.

In Luminosity/Porosity Steven Holl Architects investigate aspects of porous form and light; striving to express how the phenomenal properties of light, reflected or refracted over faceted form can surpass the formal aspects of surface.

Steven Holl Architects show that rather than a pre-occupation with independent object-like forms in either architecture or art, experiential phenomena of spatial sequences organized by porosity and luminosity can generate emotion and joy.

The exhibition is divided into two zones: At first characteristics of porous form and light are illustrated in the fusion between architecture and urbanism among the (inter)national projects of the firm. The selection of models and photographic images on show ranges from well-known projects as the Kiasma Museum in Helsinki (Finland) to more recent competition winning schemes as the Sail Hybrid in Knokke-Heist (Belgium).

Following upon the strictly architectural and urban projects two more conceptual installations cover the second half of the exhibition. An abstract court-yard installation in large white porous sheets explores the phenomenological properties of form in combination with artificial and natural light: creating a sensation of displacement. A second installation, ‘From Porosity to Fusion’, presents a series of irregularly shaped totems whose surfaces are micro-perforated with different patterns creating a landscape of shade and shadow

Luminosity/Porosity is the first exhibition of Steven Holl in Japan and is on show in Gallery MA until July 29th. The exhibition will travel internationally afterwards.