In autumn 2017, RIBA presents a new temporary site-specific installation, 'A Hall for Hull', by Chile-based architects Pezo von Ellrichshausen in collaboration with Swiss artist Felice Varini as part of Hull City of Culture 2017. Presented as a monumental hypostyle room, open to the sky and the immediate surroundings, the installation 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.
Hear Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen, talk about this project and their distinct take on their work as ‘architectonic art’ at this lecture. Pezo von Ellrichshausen is an art and architecture studio established in Concepcion, southern Chile, in 2002 by Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen. They have been the curators of the Chilean Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale, designed the Vara Pavilion for the 2016 Venice Biennale and will participate in the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial opening in September.
Mauricio and Sofia teach regularly in Chile at the Universidad Catolica and in USA at the Illinois Institute of Technology and they have been visiting professors at The University of Texas (Austin, 2011-14) and at Cornell University (New York, 2009).
Their work has been awarded multiple prizes and the work of the studio has been edited in monographic issues of A+U (Tokyo, 2013), 2G (Barcelona, 2012) and ARQ (Santiago, 2007) and exhibited at the International Architecture Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia (Venice, 2010), at the Royal Academy of Arts (London, 2014) and as part of the Permanent Collection at the MoMA (New York, 2014).
Mauricio Pezo completed a Master in Architecture at the Universidad Catolica de Chile (Santiago, 1998) and a degree in Architecture at the Universidad del Bio-Bio (Concepcion, 1999). He has been awarded the Young Architect Prize by the Chilean Architects Association (Santiago, 2006) and the Municipal Art Prize by the Concepcion City Hall (Concepcion, 2013). Sofia von Ellrichshausen holds a degree in Architecture from the Universidad de Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires, 2002) where she was distinguished with the FADU-UBA Honors Diploma.