The beautiful stone circles created by the artist Richard Long in the mid 1990s exploit the tension created when naturally rugged, or roughly shaped stones are arranged into a circle whose purity and simplicity looks incongruous or at least unnatural. The power in this tension is riveting. How can this be architecturally translated?
Well this building, a youth centre designed by Atelier Kermpe Thil, looks nothing like Long’s work, but achieves a similar kind of tension with its plain, though not pristine, white box that appears to sit on a crystalline glass structure below. Read more