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RIBA picks Chilean practice for Hull City of Culture showpiece

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The RIBA has chosen Chile-based practice Pezo von Ellrichshausen to design a temporary installation as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 

The firm will work alongside Swiss artist Felice Varini to draw up plans for the outdoor structure in Trinity Square, which was jointly commissioned by the Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

Plans for the project, called A Hall for Hull, which is supported by the British Council, include 16 steel columns arranged in grid formation in front of the 700-year old Hull Minster.

The design team was selected from a pool of 18 UK and international entrants by a judging panel which included RIBA head of exhibitions Marie Bak Mortensen; Sam Jacob of Sam Jacob Studio; and Design Council executive director Sarah Weir. 

Bak Mortensen said: ‘Pezo von Ellrichshausen and Felice Varini have developed an exceptional proposal; one where Varini’s abstracted art applied to architectural space aligns with Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s practice of monumental architecture – carefully considered to the scale of Hull Minster and its surrounding square.

’Visual and physical contradictions merge as visitors to Trinity Square will be met by imposing, static steel columns that are open to the sky and whose perforations create a feeling of lightness.’

The structure will be unveiled on 1 October. It is part of is part of the Hull 2017 ‘Look Up’ programme of public art installations.  

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Source: RIBA

Hall for Hull by Pezo von Ellrichshausen and Felice Varini


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