sosno + rytis daukantas: sosno art gallery building
sosno + rytis daukantas: sosno art gallery building sosno + rytis daukantas: sosno art gallery building
sep 23, 2011

sosno + rytis daukantas: sosno art gallery building

‘sosno art gallery building’ by sosno + rytis daukantas, nice, alpes-maritimes, france
all images courtesy of rytis daukantas

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.

exterior perspective

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.

aerial perspective

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.

section perspective

exploded axon and structural framework

interior perspectives

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


video courtesy of rytis daukantas

project info:

architect: rytis daukantas
sculptor: sosno
location: nice, alpes-maritimes, france
materials: steel structure, aluminum sculpture, tempered glass, wood louver
building area: 600m²


    moderndesign2120 says:
  • contrived

    dbkii says:
  • hell yeSSSSSSS!

    nachofabio says:
  • There was an old woman that lived in a shoe!
    How about a hot dog stand big enough to put a
    meat packing plant in?
    Come on folks; really not clever.

    rcvs1 says:
  • It is just horrible.

    Learn Architecture.

    MG says:
  • not clever? not clever??
    this is AS clever as it guets i think.
    they´d just TRANSPASSED the david’s brain with an art gallery!!
    we need buildings that make people think, question, laugh…

    lebug says:
  • Why?

    Mawdster says:
  • this is a disgrace…

    alex says:
  • pas aux norme ERP

    Las des as says:
  • i cannot stop laughing… thanks for this funny project.

    David says:
  • Clever, like it

    Aldo gnz says:
  • this is just brilliant! a mixture between art and space.

    abel says:
  • amazing 😉

    the_kristaps says:
  • craziest design I’ve ever seen

    joel says:
  • after the square head building… another one we don’t need in Nice…

    boby says:
  • This is pretty bad. It is too literal and you have to me abstract to form you ideas into form. [url=] ipad [/url]

    You would not see Frank Gehry or Peter Eisenman do something like this

    john says:

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