Seizure Gallery

Adam Khan Architects, Wakefield, 2013

 

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Gallery for Roger Hiorn’s Seizure installation that is is an integral part of re-framing of this celebrated artwork in a new context, exploring issues of the sublime, the picturesque and the failure of utopian housing projects

The siting on the threshold between park and service yard, and re-interpretation of the local precedent of inhabited garden wall with a contemporary ‘as-found’ construction system together give an infrastructural feel. This quiet background quality is undercut with instability - the building can be demounted and this is clearly articulated.

Each detail and design choice is at once ruthlessly practical and charged with meaning: the sequence of thresholds allows adjustment to the darkness but clearly rehearses ideas of grotto. The shimmed gaps between panels allow the natural ventilation necessary to maintain the crystals but produce a dramatic low light and a heightened acoustic awareness of the surroundings. The pre-cast is at once raw, expedient and carefully refined.

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  • Begun: Jan 2013
  • Completed: Jun 2013
  • Floor area: 150m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £155,000
  • Procurement: Traditional / JCT Minor Works with Contractor Design 2011
  • Address: Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Park Lane, Bretton, Wakefield, WF4 4LG, United Kingdom

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