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A Hall for Hull
A Hall for Hull. Photo by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

A Hall for Hull

In autumn 2017, RIBA presents a new temporary site-specific installation in Hull by Chile-based architects Pezo von Ellrichshausen in collaboration with Swiss artist Felice Varini as part of UK City of Culture 2017.

In autumn 2017, a new installation will transform Trinity Square in Hull. In collaboration with Hull 2017, and supported by the British Council, RIBA has commissioned internationally renowned Chile-based architecture practice Pezo von Ellrichshausen and artist Felice Varini to design a temporary structure in response to the historic heart of the city.

Presented as a monumental hypostyle room, open to the sky and the immediate surroundings, 'A Hall for Hull' consists of sixteen columns, all constructed from galvanised steel and placed in a grid formation. Visitors to the installation will be able to inhabit each of the six-metre-high columns and experience varying light conditions created by perforations in the steel skin.

This setting is carefully distorted by Varini’s work; a delicate colour figure that will redefine the geometry of the rigid system, thus challenge our perception of perspective, how we imagine the use of public space and the very scale of this particular civic setting.

Pezo von Ellrichshausen is an art and architecture studio founded in 2002 by Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen. They live and work in the southern Chilean city of Concepción, and teach at the Universidad Catolica in Santiago and at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

They are winners of the 2014 IIT Mies Crown Hall Americas Emerge Prize, the 2012 Rice Design Alliance Prize, the 2006 V Iberoamerican Architecture Biennial Award, and the XV Chilean Architecture Biennial Award. Recent built projects include the Deci Pavilion at Paris Contemporary Art Fair, Casa Guna and Casa Cien in Chile and the Vara pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Felice Varini is a Swiss artist based in Paris. He works at the intersection of architecture, painting and Op art, exploring the illusions of geometry through eye-deceiving photographic techniques together with the tradition of pictorial representation. His spatial installations make use of urban settings, walls, and rooms as screens for abstract graphical projections which he paints, draws or adhere with tape.

Recent works have been sited at the rooftop of Le Corbusier’s iconic Unité d’Habitation in Marseille, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Niigata Water and Land Art Festival in Japan.

A Hall for Hull is a joint commission by Hull 2017 and the Royal Institute of British Architects, supported by Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd and the British Council, and is part of ‘Look Up’ - a Hull 2017 curated programme of temporary installations in public places and spaces around the city. Further in-kind support has been given by Setworks, Constant Structural Design and RMIG.