Snarkitecture: manipulators of ephemeral materials

Snarkitecture: manipulators of ephemeral materials


2010 Richard Chai pop-up store

Few years ago, this pop up store opened up in New York City and today I come up with this post in remembrance of this piece of art that disappeared returning its main materials to recycling purposes. I have to include this joint venture in my list for the vast experience on manipulation of materials such as styrofoam used this case; and just as their Profile statement enounces:

“Snarkitecture is a collaborative practice operating in territories between the disciplines of art and architecture. Working within existing spaces or in collaboration with other artists and designers, the practice focuses on the investigation of structure, material and program and how these elements can be manipulated to serve new and imaginative purposes. Searching for sites within architecture with the possibility for confusion or misuse, Snarkitecture aims to make architecture perform the unexpected.”

Richard Chai pop- up store was built under the Highline in New York in 2010, as an example of Snarkitecture’s work, this one exemplifies their integrity and fluidity in materials, they way everything connects in flux and creates a unique character in space. It is a carved iceberg for a pop-up clothing store, contained inside a black box, introspectively genius for this winning competition. Read the interview here.
The materials used: STYROFOAM.— carved. As a temporary space it makes sense because you can convert this material to a compact state or any other form. It’s practical. It’s apparently fun!

They are capable of working with styrofoam, gypsum cement, wood, inflatables, parametrics, I totally trust their work. Wish i could work with them!

Richard Chai | Snarkitecture.

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Mabelle Plasencia

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• Architect | LEED AP BD+C, with an intense passion for materiality, innovation, technology and science. • Arquitecta | LEED AP BD+C apasionada por la materialidad, innovación, tecnología y ciencia.