David Adjaye 'Making Place' exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago

Architect David Adjaye’s work featured in DECO’s issue #103 (on shelf for only a few days more). In this Profile feature, DECO looked at Adjaye’s recent work as a part of Johannesburg’s CBD transformation – a 66 metre-high modular structure Hallmark House in Maboneng.

This week, Adjaye’s ‘Making Place‘ exhibition opened at The Art Institute of Chicago showcasing the important role Adjaye plays in contemporary architecture today.

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Moscow School of Management, Skokovo, Moscow 2010

With over 50 remarkable projects built worldwide and offices in London, New York, Berlin, and Accra , Tanzanian born Ghanaian raised and international acclaimed, Adjaye is a major figure in architecture and design.  And this week, The Art Institute of Chicago opened it’s  “Making Place” exhibition a showcase of David Adjaye’s architectural work. Running from September 2015 until  January 2016, the exhibition aims to bring Adjaye’s work to life and give viewers an in-depth overview of his  work including a dynamic installation design by Adjaye Associates. “Making Place”  includes furniture, master plans, sketches, models, and building mock-ups plus a specially commissioned film featuring Adjaye’s collaborators.

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Gwangju Pavilion, Gwangju, 2013

 Rather than advancing a signature architectural style, Adjaye’s structures address local concerns and conditions through both a historical understanding of context and a global understanding of modernism.- The Art Institute of Chicago

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MEMO Project, Portland, current project

Working in a global landscape and rather than following a distinct architectural style, Adjaye’s designs are place and time specific – based on the location, communities and the involvement and transformation of neighbourhoods. Recent projects such as Hallmark House in Johannesburg and The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC are clear examples of Adjaye’s design ethos.

See preview of “Making Place” exhibition here

And if you can imagine this man has the time to branch out in his work, this April in Milan he  launched the beautiful Art Deco-influenced seating range for Moroso at the Salone del Mobile furniture fair. DECO’s proud to feature the home of Patrizia Moroso Art Director of Moroso.it in The Green Issue – on shelf 28 Septemeber.

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Adjaye Moroso collaboration – the double zero chair, April 2015. Photographs by Alessandro Paderni


Adjaye Associates | The Art Institute of Chicago

Article source: The Art Institute of Chicago


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