The Life and Death of Architecture: otherothers Reimagine Transience and Ruins

“Like a party guest who doesn’t know when to leave, most contemporary architecture is designed to overstay its welcome. We wishfully design future ruins, ignoring 21st century realities of rapid renovation, replacement and reuse.” Using this observation as a jumping off point, Austrialian architects otherothers explored the generative potential of a different creative mindset: “What if, rather than attempting to transcend use and context, architects designed projects with finite timeframes?” Refreshment Service, exhibited at the Paramount House in Sydney, was an installation that embraces the paradox of Mies van der Rohe’s concept of an architecture of “almost nothing,” or beinahe nichts. Using 1000 glass jars and 51 black-stained timber dowels, the architects constructed a scale model of Mies’ 1922 experimental glass tower. Deliberately monumental, the work is only truly “useful” in the context of the exhibition opening, for which the jars serve as drink receptacles (an architectural echo of the champagne fountain). As drinks are consumed, the tower form is obliterated, leaving only its skeleton. Following the opening, the contaminated receptacles are returned to their place in the tower, which is ultimately dismantled and its components cleaned for reuse. otherothers join over 100 architects, artists, and designers participating in the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial this October.

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