Sou Fujimoto Architects
An installation of models made from everyday items for the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, 'Architecture Is Everywhere' by Sou Fujimoto Architects radically questions the boundary between 'found' and 'made' architecture.
Everyday objects paired with tiny human figures atop dozens of small, wooden tables are evenly dispersed in a gallery room. Visitors are invited to walk through the grid of tables and examine the objects up close.
According to the firm, "The notion of 'found architecture' is represented by juxtaposing human figures and ordinary objects found in everyday life, with contexts that might seem coincidental at first, if not fortuitous." This engages the viewers to read these objects as architectural spaces. "One of the key ideas behind Sou Fujimoto's practice is that architecture is first found and then made," the firm added. "Just as our ancestors found their habitat in caves and woods, we discover ours among the many things we encounter in the immense urban jungle."
The firm traces its approach back to "readymades" by Marcel Duchamp and John Cage's 4'33", a concert in which musicians played no music, and the focus instead was on the basic sounds made by audience members. —Dezeen