A surreal cave (it’s a foyer) by One Plus Parntership

A surreal cave (it's a foyer) by One Plus Parntership

A surreal cave (it's a foyer) by One Plus Parntership

A surreal cave (it's a foyer) by One Plus Parntership

When I first saw these photos, I thought they must be renderings, but they’re not and the space actually exists. The project just looks surreal, too surreal– with more cuts and folds than a Libeskind project. And to make things less clear, the function of the space isn’t obvious (is it an entryway?). So we’re left imagining a client that would call up an architect, in this case One Plus Partnership, and ask for a lobby that looks more like a movie set than the foyer of an office building.

As much as I don’t want to like the space for being completely over the top, I can’t help but want to go there and admire the work of the folks that designed this.  It is absolutely a cave: there are wonky walls, tricky floors and stalactites (or maybe those lighting fixtures are supposed to be glow worms). The overall effect is definitely neither warm nor inviting, but cold and compelling in a way that is simultaneously exciting and absurd. So I recognize the skill that went into realizing this space even if the result is a little too much… too much.

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Alex Dent

March 27, 2012 / By

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