Architect David Rockwell teams up for Italian exhibit

Thu Sep 11, 2008 12:19pm EDT
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By Julie Mollins

TORONTO (Reuters Life!) - New York-based architect David Rockwell is known for stretching the boundaries of design by embracing an innovative style that goes beyond pure aesthetics.

His eclectic, cross-disciplinary approach is featured in an exhibition in Venice, Italy, called "Out There: Architecture Beyond Building," from September 14 to November 23 at the 11th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.

Rockwell collaborated with architects Casey Jones and Reed Kroloff to create a work called "Hall of Fragments," which is comprised of a passage created between two screens showing clips from films within which architecture plays a major role.

"The most interesting design opportunities occur when dissimilar things rub up against each other," Rockwell said.

"I'm always looking for ways to go beyond the bounds of a problem and think of the design from the experience of an interior product or building and look beyond the narrow definitions that separate different types of architecture."

Rockwell heads up Rockwell Group, which designed the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, Nobu restaurants around the world, as well as the sets for Broadway productions of "Hairspray" and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."

He spoke to Reuters about his work and the Italian exhibit.

Q: What is the significance of this project for you?   Continued...

<p>A view of the passageway of the 1,000 square foot Hall of Fragments, framed by two giant convex screens, in Venice, August 21, 2008. REUTERS/Paul Wesley Griggs</p>