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  • Secession House, Vienna

    Rachael McCALL, "Secession House, Vienna."
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    SCI-Arc
    critics: Hernan DIAZ ALONSO & Ivan BERNAL.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Rachael McCALL: Sitting beside the Secession Hall in Vienna, the project is a tower house and studio for an artist in residence.

    It stands autonomously like the Secession hall and acts as an accessory to the existing building. Although the mass does not directly touch the Secession building, a surgical intervention is made on the side of the Secession, adjusting and fraying the edge, sampling and highlighting the figures and articulation of the new building. This surgery simultaneously masks and reveals the entrance and connection to the house.

    The mass is solid at the bottom where the artist’s studio and gallery are contained, then towards the top the mass shreds connecting the apartment to the park. The shredded mass relates to meat, flowers and leaves—looking at the gristle, sinew and fat on meat, and how it starts to curl up around the edges then splay apart. It’s about the curling, crinkling, peeling and pleating of the edges.

    The front facade plays off the flatness and muteness of the Secession, following its set back and envelop, then as the building turns towards the park it starts to disintegrate forming apertures and skylights. Windows are built into the crevasses of the mass and the hard white shell varies between polished and matte finishes.

    All of the interior is contained within gold leaves, which rip and tear containing and exposing interior spaces. The interior is rendered and connected with a single gold material, but has different bumps and articulations. This articulation varies the resolution of the interior from highly polished and smooth, to tiled and pixelated.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    RM: The Vienna Secession; Gustav Klimt; Josef Hoffmann; Otto Wagner; meat, butchery, and gristle; flowers; gold; and curling or fraying edges.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    RM: Louis Vuitton Series II exhibition.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    RM: Xefirotarch and COOP Himmelb(l)au.

    Additional credits and links:
    [Gold Leaf House Animation]

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