Art to Architecture: Translating Sol LeWitt
Architecture is an art, albeit a functional art. The fine arts have fewer functional constraints, allowing them to explore ideas and test concepts more easily. Architecture can learn from these explorations and adopt proven concepts.
To demonstrate, three key components of the artist Sol LeWitt's work are taken as a source of inspiration for an architectural design project. The first is a focus on the underlying concept of the work, rather than its physical nature. The second is the use of serial works that are generated from the concept. The third is the elimination of any aspects of the work that detract from the concept.
The result is architecture that is able to engage its users on a conceptual level, while still satisfying its functional requirements. This is demonstrated in the design of a new engineering building for the Washington University Campus.
School:University of Cincinnati
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:lewitt conceptual architecture series
Date of Publication:01/01/2008