Habitat 67 is built on a peninsula which sits on the edge of the Old Port of Montreal, Canada. When designing the concept for Habitat 67, Moshe Safdie applied one of the truest symbols of stability – the cube – to his basis. Made up of 354 cubes of brilliant greyish beige concrete, Habitat 67 forms 146 residencies almost floating, garishly in the sky. It is this garishness that finitely adds to the character of Habitat 67, also known as Habitat, along with its futuristic interiors, pedestrian streets, suspended terraces, aerial spaces and huge elevator pillars.
Moshe Safdie wanted to offer a “fragment of paradise to everyone”.
You don’t even need to read the tagline of her website to understand Anna Pirkola’s creative ingenuity and job title. “Concept designer, interior and prop stylist, set designer” explain, purely and simply, Anna’s drive for aesthetic and beautiful imagery.
I felt as if the images she produces and sets she styles are very personal and intimate, in a way that no one could recreate that same set up. I came across a post on the interior of her family home and it didn’t shock me to see that her house was a direct correlation of her personal style.
The solid black borders reminiscent of the Bauhaus, the cool grey textures echoing Brutalism and those smooth white surfaces and glass accessories screaming Minimalism. It seems she’s a huge lover of HAY home and office ware, but also takes culture in her stride with the image of Morrisey and her vast collection of, what look like, vinyls perched on String bookshelves. The apartment is calm but elegant and is exactly what I’d expect from a Scandinavian home.
Adjusting the camera’s lens to what Sugimoto calls ‘Twice Infinity’ – he presents architecture as blurred forms, softening the concrete walls and harsh angles of Modernism. His images break down the façades and show time and detail together, muted in harmony.
“A finished building is a product of negotiation; I used an out-of-focus technique in an effort to regain a sense of the architect’s core idealist vision for the building.”
These photos are evocative of the images or shapes that are left behind in your eyelids after looking at something meaningful for a long time and it’s almost as if you have seen the buildings up, close and personal. One of the most important images he has produced, in my opinion, is that of the World Trade Centre – two towers – iconic for their disappearance but most of all their feat of engineering.
There is an exhibition showing the full size works of Sugimoto on at the Barbican now. Tickets are £8.