Photo: Asymptote Architecture. Wing House, Helsinki. 2011. C-print, 25 3/4 × 55" (65.4 × 139.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase. © 2015 Asymptote Architecture.
Recently The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City purchased an art installation from Asymptote Architecture in New York called "Wing House" as part of their exhibit called Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture. Alumnus Matthew Slattery was part of the design team that worked on the "Wing House" project.
The "Wing House" was originally an art installation purchased by one of Asymptote Architecture's clients in Finland. Asymptote Architecture has been involved in ongoing discussions with the Finnish client in hopes of turning it into a residential prototype. Slattery explains the project was very conceptual in nature.
"I helped design the interior program as well as built the models, diagrams and renderings," Slattery said regarding the project. He added the most challenging aspect with the project was figuring out how to create an inhabitable space within something that was originally an art object.
Slattery claims UNL gave him a strong educational foundation that he still utilizes.
"UNL gave me a very tectonic and spatial understanding of design. The interior of the "Wing House" with all of its geometrical complexities was very difficult to fully spacialize. However UNL really gave me a great grasp of architectural concepts and diagraming which allowed me to break down and simplify the components which gave me a good foundation to produce the final product."
According to MOMA, The Endless House exhibit considers "the single-family home and archetypes of dwelling as a theme for the creative endeavors of architects and artists. Through drawings, photographs, video, installations and architectural models drawn from MoMA's collection, the exhibition highlights how artists have used the house as a means to explore universal topics, and how architects have tackled the design of residences to expand their discipline in new ways."
Interested museum goers can see Slattery's work on display until March 6th.