An installation at Somerset House by Arik Levy and Tabanlioglu Architects is on display at Somerset House
Transition; Warm/Wet, an installation at Somerset House designed by Istanbul-based Tabanlıoğlu Architects and artist and designer Arik Levy, launched yesterday during the London Design Festival.
The two-room art work – spread across adjoining spaces in Somerset House – incorporates water, light and movement to create two different environments: one “cool wet room” and another “warm light room”. In the first, two metal plates, raised above the ground and covered in water, undulate in a choreographed sequence with the droplets remaining on its surface. The bright, intense “warm” sculpture is a site-specific extension of Levy’s Fractal projects, a series of light sculptures formed of micro LED strips.
The installation is part of “Ten Designers in the West Wing” exhibition, which includes displays by Faye Toogood, Luca Nichetto, Barber Osgerby and Ross Lovergove.
In the current issue of Icon, Melkan Tabanlıoğlu, co-founder of the architecture practice, writes about the Turkish architecture scene, arguing that the country is no longer in awe of foreign architects. “The reputation that Turkish architects have now established outside the country means that the involvement of certain Turkish architects now bring prestige to projects. Over the past five to six years, they have been given the opportunity to explore their intellectual and creative capacity.”
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