Peter Cody and Dermot Boyd talk about their focus on Eileen Gray’s houses in the south of France, E – 1027 and Tempe a Pailla and where the experience took them in their contribution for Close Encounter.
Peter Cody: “The strength of the projects is that they embody the pursuit of the individual through the making process and that there’s a sort of personal investigation and expression in both of those houses that transcends time and brings a lot to the conversation about how we should be making buildings today, and there’s a lot to be learned from her work. And particularly in those two houses – they’re complete works, so everything in the house, from the conception of the house itself, to the furniture, to the formation of landscape, are all at the hand of the architect, which makes them quite unique.”
Dermot Boyd: “We felt that the emphasis on Eileen Gray’s work was very much about her interiority and her objects she made of furniture. So as architects we were interested in dealing more in terms of her siting of projects, dealing with essentially the free space that surroundsher buildings, that would be the land, the sea, the sky, the views, sunlight, moonlight.”
Close Encounter: Meetings with Remarkable Buildings grew out of the Venice Mentoring Initiative as a Special Project of Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Curators of Freespace, the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice.
Funded by the Arts Council, the aim of the initiative was to enable sixteen Irish architects, who were invited to participate at the 2018 Biennale, to develop skills in presenting and communicating their work to a public audience in Venice. The tour gives audiences here an opportunity to engage with this unique exhibition of architecture while contributing to the legacy of the Mentoring Initiative for architectural practice, curation and culture in Ireland.