Collectible Architecture

Architecture is a particular form of art. It has the ability to bring the sublime to a physical/ material/human scale, rendering it the most intimate of all the arts.

It not only gives us shelter and protects us from the hostile world outside, it also expresses who and what we are or want to be.

The ancient Greeks considered architecture to be the most important art – ‘the mother of all arts’. But motherhood is not easy. Architecture holds a complex and responsible role in society, which does not feature the freedom that characterises other art forms.

Then there is the striking difference between architecture and the fine arts: art lovers can collect paintings, drawings, sculptures by the artists they love and admire but it proves difficult for lovers of architecture to collect buildings.

There is this Dutch architect who built himself a home in Tokyo, has an apartment at Mies van der Rohe’s Lake Shore Drive in Chicago and owns a piece of Le Corbusier’s Unite d’habitation in France. Collecting architecture in this literal way is very appealing, but will regrettably remain a bridge too far for most of us.

Cityscapes Gallery take on the challenge of bringing architecture closer to people interested in collecting a unique type of art – collectible architecture.

Mies chairs 01

With this concept, we aim to to show that architecture is more than just a building.

Buildings are the final result of a long and complex process, which also produces highly interesting sketches, models, photography, prototypes etc. Architects are no longer confined to the processes of building design either – many have designed furniture, lighting and other products.

Trained to think large, they express themselves remarkably well with small-scale objects. At the end, we might remember the masters of modern architecture – Mies, Le Corbusier and Aalto – better for their chairs than their buildings!

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