Some could Say it’s a representation of how badly we redistribute the goods in our societies. Others would interpret it as architect’s childish yet unfulfilled dream of building a skyscrapper or see in it a reference to Luis Barragan’s towers from Ciudad Satelite. None of the above. It’s just a stack of fancily shaped plywood stools that for the period of Concentrico festival took a form of something recalling towers / skyscrappers or a termitiere.
This vertical accent is a site specific installation and a community building initiative. The building of this tower was through local community involvement through a process of learning and building this tower of stackable stools.
Post the festival, this tower will be dismantled into a number of heavy duty stools that people who cued on the morning of finissage could receive and bring home.
This way all the effort that was put in designing, fabricating and assembling the installation will hopefully not be lost: people will remember the festival, the installation and the very author by using the stools in their everyday surrounding.
Jakub Szczęsny was born in Warsaw in 1973, studied in Warsaw Institute of Technology Faculty of Architecture, Ecole d'Architecture Paris la Defense and ETSAB in Barcelona. He did his Phd in the Faculty of Design of Academy of Fine Arts on Warsaw. He is teaching design of public spaces at School of Form in Poznań and lecturing in various universities, from Bezalel in Jerusalem to FAU in Sao Paulo.
He likes to work on the verge of architecture, design and art basing on extensive research of the context, from climatic to cultural one.His project of Keret House was the first Polish architectural design to be included in the permanent collection of MoMA New York and is listed among three most Iconic Houses in the country.