Artists Christophe Berdaguer and Marie Péjus revamped the facade of a building in Delme, a village located in North-Eastern France. Entitled Gue(ho)st House, the new structure (part of a property belonging to the Centre d’art Contemporain-La Synagogue de Delme) serves as a gallery, studio and event space. The unusual name of the futuristic project was inspired by artist Marcel Duchamp’s wordplay project: A Guest + A Host = A Ghost and pays tribute to the prior functions of the building- prison, school and funeral home.
The two designers revamped the existing structure by employing thick white layers of polystyrene, resulting in original exterior walls, with seemingly liquid features. With the objective of creating “a veritable architectural phantasmagoria”, the artists envisioned a project in tune with modern trends, yet exuding a strong personality. Different and surprising no matter what the standpoint, the new studio/exhibition space will probably soon become an interesting exhibit itself for tourists across France. How would you comment on its architecture?
prior to renovation
A good building should make you want to look at it. Even if not always liked by passers-by, it should always make them feel something. Manchester Metropolitan’s University’s business school is a building that effortlessly fits this criteria. Indeed for many, the building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is their first taste of the architecture of Manchester as they travel along the arterial road, Mancunian Way. With its distinct ski-slope roof, and glittering mirrored appearance, it provides a flash of silver, and a dazzling break from the dull greys of the motorway, greeting motorists in a slightly space-age way as they enter the city
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.