shotgun installation at rice gallery references houston's row houses
 
shotgun installation at rice gallery references houston's row houses shotgun installation at rice gallery references houston's row houses
feb 06, 2015

shotgun installation at rice gallery references houston's row houses

shotgun installation at the rice gallery references houston’s row houses
image © nash baker

 

 

 

shotgun by atelier bow-wow, jesús vassallo and RSA students
rice university art gallery, houston, TX, USA
on view until march 15, 2015

 

 

at the center of houston’s rice gallery, a timber installation by japanese studio atelier bow-wow, in collaboration with jesús vassallo and rice school of architecture students, references the city’s historic row houses. titled ‘shotgun’, a term coined to describe the dwelling’s typical corridor like layout, the structure fuses five row houses together to create a space that visitors can enter and walk through.

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the installation references houston’s historic row houses
image © nash baker

 

 

 

each wing of the asterisk-shaped construction suggests a different domestic space, with seating and shelving presenting a different research projects undertaken by a student group. the last of these spaces features a selection of the students’ individual proposals that imagine new possibilities for the row house’s design and use.

atelier bow-wow shotgun installation rice gallery jesus vassallo designboom
the structure fuses five row houses together to create a space that visitors can walk through
image © nash baker

 

 

 

over the fall semester of 2014, atelier bow-wow and jesús vassallo – an architect and writer from madrid – taught the course ‘learning from houston’ to intensively study the row house’s history and contemporary condition, and to simultaneously use this research to design and build the site-specific installation. the installation and its contents are on display at the rice gallery until march 15, 2015.

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each wing of the asterisk-shaped construction suggests a different domestic space
image © nash baker

atelier bow-wow shotgun installation rice gallery jesus vassallo designboom
the display is the result of a research project by students from rice university’s school of architecture
image © nash baker

atelier bow-wow shotgun installation rice gallery jesus vassallo designboom
detail of the timber structure
image © nash baker

atelier bow-wow shotgun installation rice gallery jesus vassallo designboom
shelving presents different research projects undertaken student groups
images © nash baker

atelier bow-wow shotgun installation rice gallery jesus vassallo designboom
the installation is on display at the rice gallery until march 15, 2015
image © nash baker

 

 

 

participating RSA students: bader albader, jacob andrew, amanda chang, ningxin cheng, june deng, edison ding, yutian he, george hewitt, joshuah howard, sara jacinto, kerry joyce, yi-chiao lee, priscilla leung, joey liang, eleanor ma, marcel merwin, jaime pagés sánchez, david richmond, pablo ruiz otaolaurruchi and chris yuan

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