The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Hull 2017 have jointly commissioned Chile-based architects Pezo von Ellrichshausen and Swiss artist Felice Varini to design an ambitious temporary outdoor structure in response to the historic heart of Hull.
A Hall For Hull is part of the Hull 2017 Look Up programme of public art installations and will transform Trinity Square with 16 galvanized steel columns arranged in a grid formation in front of Hull Minister to highlight the symmetry of its facade.
Visitors to the installation will be able to inhabit each of the six-metre-high columns and experience varying light conditions created by perforations in the steel skin. The rigid geometry of the columns will be carefully distorted and redefined by the artwork of Varini, who explores the illusions of geometry through eye-deceiving photographic techniques, together with the tradition of pictorial representation.
The project, supported by the British Council, has been developed through an invited competition for an architectural and artistic collaboration, with a brief to create a temporary intervention designed specifically for Trinity Square. Hull 2017 and RIBA have been working closely with Hull Minster to develop the project. The built structure will launch on Sunday 1 October 2017, as part of the fourth season of Hull’s City of Culture year entitled Tell The World.
Pezo von Ellrichshausen and Felice Varini have developed an exceptional proposal; one where Varini’s abstract art applied to architectural space aligns with Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s practice of monumental architecture
Marie Bak Mortensen, head of exhibitions, RIBA said: “Pezo von Ellrichshausen and Felice Varini have developed an exceptional proposal; one where Varini’s abstract art applied to architectural space aligns with Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s practice of monumental architecture – carefully considered to the scale of Hull Minster and its surrounding square. Visual and physical contradictions merge as visitors to Trinity Square will be met by imposing, static steel columns that are open to the sky and whose perforations create as feeling of lightness.“
Pezo von Ellrichshausen and Felice Varini were chosen from a pool of 18 outstanding, emerging and established architects practicing in the UK and internationally. Trinity Square has benefited from Hull City Council’s £25 million public realm improvements programme. This latest transformation will build on the drive to bring new life to this historic part of the city.
Sam Hunt, executive producer, Hull 2017, said: “The Hull 2017 Look Up programme is about making people see and experience this amazing city in new and exciting ways. A Hall For Hull will certainly do that, creating a new way of looking at and crossing Trinity Square and observing Hull Minster. It is helping kick off our fourth season and we hope that it will encourage even more people, residents and visitors, to head to this key destination in the heart of the city.”
The selected co-commission, supported by Wedge Galvanising, is intended to offer new and memorable experiences that capture the excitement in Hull during 2017. A Hall for Hull is part of Look Up, a Hull 2017-curated programme of temporary installations in public places and spaces around the city.
The final design was selected by a panel of experts, including Marie Bak Mortensen, Head of Exhibitions at RIBA, Paul Holloway arts and events manager at Hull City Council, Sam Jacob, architect and owner at Sam Jacob Studio, Sarah Mann, director, architecture design fashion at the British Council, Jane Owen, operations manager at Hull Minister, Sarah Weir, executive director at the Design Council and Sam Wilkinson at Hull 2017.