Colossal Cacti 2019
Colossal Cacti consists of seven large sculptural cacti, loosely arranged in a spiraling ring formation to create a plaza and entryway for festival goers. At the base of each of the seven cacti is a stepped plinth, inviting festival goers to rest, dance on top, meet up, lounge in the shade, people watch, or listen to music. Four of the seven cacti are made of wood and these are the largest of the seven structures. The remaining three cacti are made of steel with the intention to become permanent after the festival. All seven cacti are covered in bright colors, that up close provide a fun and playful backdrop to produce an image and from a distance make the overall configuration of the seven cacti appear like a sprawling skyline. Each of the seven cacti are covered with a grid of road reflectors, as found on the horizontal surface of a highway – referencing the spines that appear on natural cacti.
Proposal for Collective Living II 2017
This project rethinks the iconic section and interior of Sir John Soane’s home, museum, and collection as a scale model that is conceived as a Proposal for Collective Living. We propose a new contemporary collection of architectural matter-each meticulously documented, flattened and valued equally as parts. This new collection of architectural matter conceptually turns Soane’s House inside out. The new sum is the result of collection, contiguity and composition of pieces, parts, fragments forming a horizontal composite that speculates on a new possibility for human habitation. Proposal for Collective Living rethinks Soane’s interior as exterior. Proposal for Collective Living reconceptualizes Soane’s home as a city. Proposal for Collective Living repositions Soane’s museum as not strictly devoted to an individual but rather to a new collective. Proposal for Collective Living reimagines Soane’s collection of objects that are meant to be viewed as objects that are meant to be inhabited.
Instant Elevation 2018
If the goal of ornamentation and decoration is to add a new appeal to something, in this case the existing unadorned interior wall, the ambition of Instant Elevation is to paint an exterior elevation of a building on an interior elevation of a building. The composition of Instant Elevation is dictated by the existing condition of the unpainted interior wall, specifically the grid of tiles on the lower face of the wall. Above the tiles the composition is divided in two parts. One part is painted to resemble exterior siding, and the other part is painted to resemble a pitched roof facade made up of bricks. The painted windows contain painted shadow’s to suggest a narrow depth, the depth of paint, between the newly painted Instant Elevation and the existing unadorned interior wall. The window panes of all the windows are left unpainted revealing the existing unadorned interior wall, folding it into the overall composition of the totality of Instant Elevation.
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ANDREW KOVACS is a Los Angeles based architectural designer and educator. Kovacs’ work on architecture and urbanism has been published widely including A+U, Pidgin, Project, Pool, Perspecta, Manifest, Metropolis, Clog, Domus, and The Real Review. Additionally, Kovacs is the creator and curator of Archive of Affinities, a widely viewed website devoted to the collection and display of architectural b-sides. In 2015 Kovacs published the book Architectural Affinities as part of the Treatise series organized and sponsored by the Graham Foundation in Chicago. Kovacs’ design studio, Office Kovacs works on projects at all scales from books, exhibitions, temporary installations, interiors, homes, speculative architectural proposals and public architecture competitions. The recent design work of Office Kovacs includes a large scale installation entitled Colossal Cacit at the Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival and an experimental camping pavilion in the Morongo Valley Desert.