Project by Robert Hutchison Architecture & Ultramoderne
Project Team: Aaron Forrest, Robert Hutchison, Yasmin Vobis
American Academy in Rome, January - June 2017
Timber Frame w/ Colored Thread
Photography by Altrospazio Photography, Yasmin Vobis, Robert Hutchison
Installation projects that I have implemented over the last ten years formed the basis for how I thought I might approach my time in Rome for my residency as a 2016-17 Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. Specifically, I proposed to study the dormant spaces of Rome, with the idea of identifying in-between spaces that would serve as settings for site-specific installations. Within a few weeks of arriving Rome I began collaborating with fellow architect Yasmin Vobis and her partner Aaron Forrest on an installation for the annual Cinque Mostre exhibition.
We created an installation for the academy’s security shed, inspired by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown’s ‘Decorated Shed’ concept, for which Venturi and Scott Brown argued for an architecture of conventional shelter with applied symbols (Decorated Shed), over an architecture where the building actually is the symbol (Duck). Alluding to this idea of the Decorated Shed, we constructed a timber frame around the academy’s security shed at the main entrance, and then clad the frame with a ‘pop’ skin of colored thread in various colors, transforming the security shed into a welcome beacon for the exhibition as well as serving as an experiment in spatial color combination.