french sculptor sosno and lithuanian architect rytis daukantas have collaborated to create the ‘sosno art gallery building’,
a large scale adaption which transforms the ‘la paille dans l’œil du voisin’ sculpture into a habitable space for the city of
nice, france. the 22 meter tall structure will contain 600 square meters of program arranged within six unique floor plates.
the concealed core positioned within the head and shoulders contains a framework to stabilize the cantilevered wings
illustrating the wooden beam which intersects the face of the bust.
clad with glass and shaded with wooden louvers to evoke the essence of the original art piece, the projection’s volume
is transformed into four levels of art galleries accessed by the central stair and elevator within the vertical circulation.
additional areas include a souvenir store, multimedia room, restrooms and conference hall capable of accommodating
45 individuals. rooms are carefully integrated to ensure universal accessibility for every visitor while minimizing wasted
space due to the irregular exterior shell. an outdoor balcony opens to
the roof providing patrons with views of the seaside,
mountains and construction underfoot.
born in 1937, sosno established himself as an artist of the new realism movement,
initiating his personal style of obliterated
or distorted paintings, sculptures or buildings which required the imagination of the viewer to
complete the depiction.
the artist’s first landmark inhabited statue, the 26 meter tall ‘tete carree’ was completed in nice, france in the mid 1980s.
exploded axon and structural framework
image of sosno’s original sculpture
floor plan / level 0
floor plan / level 1
floor plan / level 2
floor plan / level 3
floor plan / level 4
floor plan / level 5
floor plan / level 6
architect: rytis daukantas
location: nice, alpes-maritimes, france
materials: steel structure, aluminum sculpture, tempered glass, wood louver
building area: 600m²