a life in architecture peter doig
Artist Peter Doig first saw Eero Saarinen's Jefferson Memorial Arch when he was invited to participate in an exhibition in St Louis. Designed in 1948 and completed in 1964, the 'Gateway to the West' is 192m high, with a span of 192m.Doig says it could have been 'something mundane but when you actually get to it, it's genuinely awe-inspiring. Every detail that Saarinen designed is so intuitive. Space Odyssey 'pods' take you up to the top where you get incredible views. There's something very Wizard of Oz about it because it is right on the edge of the Mississippi, looking out towards Kansas.'
The Kunsthaus Glarus, outside Zurich, designed by Hans Leuzinger in 1952, is a favourite exhibition venue. 'Leuzinger designed a lot of mountain huts and refuges. There's a generic feel to his architecture, ' says Doig. He describes the Kunsthaus as 'basiclooking but magical'. And inside the two gallery pavilions, glazed ceilings produce 'this beautiful filtered light'.
Doig has done a series of paintings of Le Corbusier's Unite d'Habitation at Briey-en-Foret and his third choice is a tiny airport club nearby at Jarny, designed by Corb and Jean Prouve, with facades glazed in coloured rectangles (see above). 'I really like that building and the boiler house, also by Corb, which is now derelict in the woods behind. You can sit there and watch those funny little microlight planes that you sit on like a bicycle. Every time I'm in that area I like to go there.'