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Berdaguer and Péjus unwrap Gue(ho)st House arts centre

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[FIRST LOOK + DATA] Artists Berdaguer and Péjus have transformed a funeral home into a ‘ghostly’ visitor centre for a contemporary arts organisation in northern France

The building is in the grounds of the Synagogue de Delme Art Centre and was completed in time for centre’s 20th anniversary which takes place next year.

Using Marcel Duchamp’s wordplay: A Guest + A Host = A Ghost as a ‘trigger’, the artists clad the building in high-density polystyrene, which is covered with sprayed resin and painted, to create a centre piece for the garden surrounding the synagogue.

The architectural sculpture transforms an existing building - which was once a prison, a school and finally a funeral home - into a visitor centre and reception for school groups and educational events. The building’s upper floors have been converted into a studio to provide accommodation for artists, students, interns and other art world professionals.

Berdaguer and Péjus' Gue(ho)st House in northern France

Berdaguer and Péjus’ Gue(ho)st House in northern France - house before ‘coating’


Artists Christophe Berdaguer & Marie Péjus
Start date 2011
Total surface area 500m²
Project manager Commune de Delme
Design assistance CHD Art production
Building renovation aBC Architecture
Contributors Cap Lor, Carré, Chauvet, Lescure, Metzger, PMP, Pierret System, Tecmolde, Peinturama, CCE, Théodore, Lycée agricole de Courcelles-Chaussy

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