Unique Elements of Gue(ho)st House by Berdaguer & Péjus- Wednesday, October 10th 2012.
Take a look at this really creative house. The sculptural Gue(ho)st House by Berdaguer & Péjus building is situated adjacent to the Delme Contemporary Art Center, which is housed in a former Synagogue located in a small town in the far northeastern corner of France. The artists play with the archeology of the building and its ghosts, to create fantasy architecture. Blocks of polystyrene create the chunky shapes on the facade, and are covered with resin and a layer of white paint. The structure has gone under several transformations from prison, to school, to funeral home and now into a large public installation. The name was inspired by artist Marcel Duchamp’s wordplay project: A Guest + A Host = A Ghost.
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The Gue(ho)st House by Berdaguer & Péjus a visitor centre, studio, and a gallery and event space. Christophe Berdaguer and Marie Péjus are creating a remarkable work of architecture-sculpture in the area surrounding. The heart of the project is the transformation of an existing building that was once a prison, then a school and then a funeral home. The ground floor of the building will contain a reception centre. There is also a gallery and an inspiring studio space upstairs that will be made available to the occasional visiting artist. The upper floor will be transformed into a studio that will occasionally provide accommodation to artists, students, interns and other art world professionals. The artists describe the covering as a ‘white veil that drips onto the surrounding area and creates a living body, a moving form that looks to the past as well as to the future’. In a press release, the artists said of their latest project:
“As the spatial projection of a collective psyche, the house becomes not only a place of emotions, perceptions and memories, but also a great mediation tool for the art centre.”