Adam Simpson, English illustrator.
This is “Boundary Hotel Elevator”. A commission to produce an artwork to appear floor to ceiling, all 4 sides of the elevator vestibule at the new ‘Boundary Hotel’ situated on Boundary Street in London. The artwork was devised around a grid of boundary walls. Each walled segment is about 170mm square. The idea behind producing such a detailed artwork was that each journey in the elevator would give the visitor a chance to study a new scene in the artwork. A geometric toile de jouy of sorts. The conversion of the Victorian warehouse building on Boundary Street, into a boutique hotel, was a joint venture between Sir Terence Conran, Lady Conran and Peter Prescott & Partners. The hotel opened in January 2009.
(Text from ADC Young Guns).
Don’t you find that these drawings remind a canceled 1982 OMA project for the Exposition Universelle, (which was to be held in Paris in 1989)?
The project was based, we were told, on a model of brotherhood: identical cubic pavilions hugged the perimeter of the site to leave a large public area in the middle where crowds could gather to celebrate the future; the pavilions were placed close together, “hand in hand” as one of the architects explained.