Window dressing: Claesson Koivisto Rune draws the world’s best skyscrapers

Window dressing: Claesson Koivisto Rune draws the world’s best skyscrapers

‘Architecture is not art and art is not architecture,’ says Claesson Koivisto Rune. ‘But it is possible to find art in architecture and architecture in art.’ This ever-blurring border is the subject of the Swedish design studio’s first art exhibition at Tokyo’s Designart Festival (16-22 October). ‘Faciem: In search of the Essence of the Grid’ showcases 12 architectural portraits that eschew the skyscaper’s most obvious asset, its awe-inspiring height and poise, in favour of a less talked-about feature: its windows. The firm has selected what it considers to be the world’s best skyscrapers and interpreted them; abstracting them into framed renders. Using lofty sculptures designed by the likes of Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, the pint-sized prints are ‘traces of houses, removed from their width-height proportion, removed from detail, removed from reality’ – from curtain wall to wall hanging.

New York, 1958

Mies van der Rohe
Seagram Building

Chicago, 1973

Edward Durell Stone, The Perkins and Will Partnership
Standard Oil Building

New York, 1954

Oscar Niemeyer and Le Corbusier
United Nations Secretariat Building

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