Atelier Bow-Wow Small Case Study House

{The BBQ House, part of Atelier Bow-Wow’s Small Case Study Houses at REDCAT in LA}

On Friday, I had the opportunity to check out Tokyo-based Atelier Bow-Wow’s installation at REDCAT. Made of recycled wood, the exhibition consists of three contraptions based on the famous Case Study Houses. It includes The BBQ House, (above), a Hammock House, and a Sunset House.

Part light and space (like Turrell, Eliasson or R. Irwin), part relational aesthetics and also an architectural experiment, these pieces are big, fun and worth seeing in person. Here’s hoping that they end up in a park or some other public space after the exhibition ends on March 29.

> Read more at artforum.com or redcat.org, see some pics of the installation on flickr.
> Atelier Bow-Wow has an extensive website as well.
> Atelier Bow-Wow has many books, such as Pet Architecture Guide Book Vol 2.


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‘small case study house’ exhibition view image courtesy redcat gallery photo © scott groller

atelier bow-wow, the tokyo architecture studio led by yoshiharu tsukamoto and momoyo kajima explores the use and function of space within urban environments. bow-wow developed the term ‘pet architecture’—a style of small, ad hoc, multi-functional structures that make the most of limited space, a phenomenon in densely developed cities like tokyo that integrate need, improvisation and ingenuity.

in its first solo U.S. exhibition, atelier bow-wow shows three microstructures that collectively offer a contemporary spin on the idea of minimal low-cost housing. ‘small case study house’ consists of  ‘BBQ coliseum’, a circular structure directed toward oil can barbeques, ‘sunset house’ and ‘hammock house’, all of which are built with salvaged wood from deconstructed homes in los angeles.

‘small case study house’ is on view at the gallery at redcat in los angeles through march 29, 2009.

http://www.bow-wow.jp http://redcat.org

‘hammock house’ image courtesy redcat gallery photo © scott groller

‘hammock house’ image courtesy redcat gallery photo © steven a gunther

‘BBQ coliseum’ image courtesy redcat gallery photo © scott groller

‘BBQ coliseum’ image courtesy redcat gallery photo © scott groller

‘BBQ coliseum’ image courtesy redcat gallery photo © scott groller

‘BBQ coliseum’ image courtesy redcat gallery photo © steven a gunther

‘small case study house’ exhibition view image courtesy redcat gallery photo © scott groller

‘sunset house’ image courtesy redcat gallery photo © scott groller

‘sunset house’ image courtesy redcat gallery photo © scott groller

‘sunset house’ image courtesy redcat gallery photo © steven a gunther

ridhika naidoo I designboom

feb 11, 2009

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