Nicolas Feldmeyer, Swiss-born but London-based architect and artist, re-landscapes existing buildings with diametrically aesthetic materials, working into the details of structure to create unexpected spaces and surprising elisions in form. They’re executed in a deceptively simplistic way which makes a pretty impressive statement considering their temporary nature, creating new spaces through the integration of contrasting materials.
Nicolas’ recent work was Untitled (Woven Portico), a site-specific installation in which he has woven mesh between the neoclassical columns of the portico of the central building at the University of College (UCL) in London.
The strips of translucent PVC envelope the massive structure’s porch, enveloping the open space, offering a play of light and shadow from within. The structure is made of 226m2 of PVC mesh, heavy-duty straps and ratchets. The structure is attached on itself, supported only by the horizontal tension, so as not to touch the grade-1 listed building.
Project: Untitled (Woven Portico)
Location: University of College (UCL), London, Great Britain
Architect: Nicolas Feldmeyer, London, Great Britain
Technical info: PVC mesh
Picture credits: Nick Rochowski