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Will Alsop: “That's the Art of Architecture-Putting Everything Together in Your Own Way”

Posted On: May 17, 2018   |   Posted By: Arch Daily

Will Alsop: “That's the Art of Architecture-Putting Everything Together in Your Own Way”

Sharp Centre for Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design, 2004. Image Courtesy of aLL Design
During my meetings with Will Alsop -two at his London studio in 2008 and 2010, and during our four-day trip to Moscow where I organized his lecture for SPEECH Magazine in winter 2011-he impressed me as having the most genuine, artistic, and free-spirited soul of all the architects I met. Calatrava , Hadid , and Gehry may strike one as great artists, but no matter how inventive they are, they are all involved in shaping buildings. Alsop, on the other hand, would find himself engaged in working in a completely boundless and unrestricted manner as a true artist. It seems that his whimsical works-"blobs and daubs," as he called them-are imagined as pure fantasies to be transformed into architecture much later by his staff. Eventually, he would have to “sell” them to his clients as buildings that function. Alsop's creations bring magic to the real world; they connect realities and dreams in the most fantastic...

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