The work’s origin is in a drawing made of a strand of seaweed washed ashore. This seemed emblematic of the office building’s reception that is in essence a foreshore. Alvo references the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, who’s work strongly inspired the architecture of the offices. Constructed from layers of plywood the work has a functional aesthetic which place it on a boundary between form and function.
“Twentieth Century modernism eschewed decoration, instead it embraced the idea the art can become part of the work of architecture itself. At its most successful, the work of the artist and the architect cannot be separated without diminishing the whole.
We have collaborated with Hugo on several projects, and collaboration is the key word. Hugo understands the brief and the intellectual path that we have trodden to resolve the architectural issues. He follows the same trail and produces work that is unique and beautiful, work that is part of the finished building, which enhances the spaces we create.”