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‘opera domestica’

ola-dele kuku


ola-dele kuku (architect - ar tist)

‘opera domestica’ (1990 - 1999)


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‘Opera Domestica’ l – Teatro del’Archivio (1995) ‘Opera Domestica’ II – Similar Difference – detail (1997) ‘Opera Domestica’ ll – Similar Difference (1999) ‘Opera Domestica’ III – La Cassa Forte (1996) ‘Opera Domestica’ IV – Fossils and Icons (1996)

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‘Opera Domestica’ l – Teatro del’Archivio (1990 – 1995)

Dimensions 180 cm / 150 cm (top wheel) – 150 cm / 30 cm (base) – 120 cm / 120 cm Materials Full Wood (American red alders - laminated panels) and steel for specific details. Awards / Prizes ’Grand Prize / Prime Minister’s Prize’ IFI Nagoya International Design Competition, Nagoya, Japan 1995. ’Licence of Honour’ Vlaamse Ingenieurskamer Tech-Art Prize Antwerp, Belgium, 1995.

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‘Opera Domestica’ II – Similar Difference – detail (1990 – 1997)

Dimensions 207.4 cm / 207.4 cm / 44 cm Materials Full Wood (American red alders - laminated panels) Awards / Prizes ‘Henry Van De Velde Prize - Prize of the Public’ (VIZO) Design Museum Ghent, Belgium, 1997.

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‘Opera Domestica’ ll – Similar Difference (1990 – 1999)

Dimensions 207.4 cm / 175.2 cm / 44 cm Materials Full Wood (American red alders - laminated panels)

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‘Opera Domestica’ III – La Cassa Forte (1990 – 1996)

Dimensions 200 cm / 60 cm Materials Full Wood (American red alders - laminated panels) and steel (for technical details)

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‘Opera Domestica’ IV – Fossils and Icons (1995)

Dimensions 206 cm / 128 cm / 50 cm Materials Full Wood (American red alders - laminated panels)

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Exhibitions and Presentations Nagoya Center, Nagoya, Japan (1995) Lineart, Ghent, Belgium (1996) World Craft Council, Artistry in Wood - Hannover, Germany (1997) Museum voor Sierkunst, Ghent, Belgium (1997) Centre d’Art Contemporain Brussels, Belgium (1998) Nagoya Centre, Nagoya, Japan (1999) Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden (1999) Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France (1999) Biennale pour l’Art Contemporain Africain Dak’ART Dakar, Senegal (2000) International Biennial Design Festival, Sainte-Etienne, France (2000) Narodni Techniké Museum, Prague, Czech Republic (2000) Porsche Haus Milan, Italy (2004) Galleria Mares, Pavia, Italy (2004) Galleria Luisa delle Piane, Milan, Italy (2006) Design Museum Gent, Belgium (2012) Paris Art and Design Fair, Paris, France (2013) Nigerian National Pavilion, 15th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice, Italy (2016)

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Publications Marc Gossé, ‘Opera Domestica 1’, Arch and Life, n°69, 1995. Julia Chiu, ‘In the beginning’, Noc, n°26, 1996. Maurizio Vitta, ‘Opera Domestica’, L’Arca, n°112, 1997. Christian Oosterlinck, ‘Ola-Dele Kuku: Profile’, Kwintessens, n°1, 1997. Jean-Pierre Gabriel, ‘Kasten als Kathedralen’, Knack, n°47, 1997. Max Borka, ‘Dromen Van Een Kerkhof’, Knack, n°13, 1998. Margot Vanderstraeten, ‘Leegte is de Drijfreer’, Trends, n°46, 1998. Patrice Monfort (dir.), ‘Design Nigeria: Ola-Dele Kuku’, Revue Noire, n°30, 1998. Hilde Bouchez, ‘Sculpturen vol geheimen’, Feeling Wonen, n°09/0015, 1999. Mia Dekeersemaker, ‘Ola-Dele Kuku’, Vernissage, n°1/7, 2000. Hans Fonck, ‘Diptych’, Object, n°16, 2000. François Pélégrin (dir.), ‘L’architecture au-delà des frontières’, Passion Architecture, n°9, 2004. Serge Vanmaercke, ‘Het denkende design van Ola-Dele Kuku’, Trends, n°2, 2004. Serge Vanmaercke, ‘Le no nonsense d’un Yoruba à Bruxelles’, Trends, n°20, 2004. Alessia Franchini, ‘I pezzi unici dell’architetto Ola-Dele Kuku’, Luxos, n°5, 2005. ‘U Profile: Ola-Dele Kuku’, U Magazine, n°042, Hong Kong, 2006. Alexandre Mensah, ‘Desseins de structures urbaines’, Area Revue, n°16, 2008. Roger Ndéma Kingué, ‘La dialectique de l’ordre et du chaos’, Nubian’s Magazine, n°7, 2010.

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‘Opera Domestica’ l – Teatro del’Archivio The project is presented as a symbolic representation of a ‘domestic ritual’, which is to be perceived as a tangible identity of a specific aspect of being, revealed by forms of dimensions. The prototype is a personal library or personal archives - an architectural object where information is stored, obtained and assimilated. It is a dimension within the dwelling space that represents the domestic ritual of ‘learning’ or the need to know as a component of experience.

‘Opera Domestica’ ll – Similar Difference ‘Similar Difference’ is an architectural prototype introduced as a parallel relationship between dimension and function, where proportion is relative to use. An entity within the dwelling space, accommodating ‘what contains’, and ‘what is contained’. The project is composed of ‘empty compartments’, ‘built-in objects’ and compositional pieces’ within other compartments, which could be assembled to create ‘new objects’. The “building “ consists of 182 compartments accessible in two directions. There are two ‘components’ of 91 compartments which merge at the diagonal of ‘void squares’ or the line of reflections. The ‘built-in objects’ and ‘compositional pieces’ within the prototype are adapted to the many different aspects of living such as games, furniture, kitchen and dinning utensils, work and building utensils and so on.

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Thanks for your involvements! Photos

Usman Ali Marco Blasic

Christian Carez

Martine Boucher Marie Cauchies

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Roberta Ercolino Inge Lagae

Alice Mestriner

Philippe Laeremans

(cover)

Didier Munier Kristina Paessens

Didier Munier

Edgardo Pollastri

(pp. 7, 40, 41, 42, 44)

Andrea Sacchi Dr S. K Sanwo

Filippo Peretti (p. 21)

Collaborators Image Presentation

De Noordboom

Maarten Strack van Schijndel

VIZO (Design Vlaanderen)

Lagae Hout VTI Roeselaere

Layout & Typesetting FrĂŠdĂŠric Ah-Thon

*Dedicated to L.O.K (my father)

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