Jennifer Bonner / MALL




Work

Fourteen Projects
  1. HAUS GABLES

  2. THE DOLLHAUS

  3. 4 OVER NONE

  4. HAUS SCALLOP, HAUS SAWTOOTH

  5. BEST SANDWICHES

  6. OFFICE STACK

  7. ANOTHER AXON

  8. X HOUSES
     

  9. STILL LIFE

  10. GLITTERY FAUX

  11. NYC GALLERY

  12. MADE IN OPA LOCKA

  13. CEDAR PAVILION



Publications
Three Projects
  1. ART PAPERS

  2. A GUIDE TO THE DIRTY SOUTH — ATLANTA

  3. PLATFORM: STILL LIFE


EXHIBITIONS & AWARDS



MALL —
Info

  1. Business Matters 
  • MALL stands for Mass Architectural Loopty Loops. Or Miniature Angles & Little Lines. Or Maximum Arches with Limited Liability—an acronym with built-in flexibility.
  • MALL uses the acronym, not to be quick or flippant, but because our architectural interests shift for each project. 
  • MALL is committed to projects that hack typologies, take creative risks, reference popular culture, and invent representation.
2. Background
  • Born in Alabama (b. 1979), Jennifer Bonner is Associate Professor of Architecture and Director of the Master in Architecture II Program at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.






Mark



HAUS SCALLOP, HAUS SAWTOOTH


Faux Brick, used two drones to scan the rear elevations of Mies’ houses, which were built for two separate clients on adjacent properties. Like a pair of synchronized swimmers, the drones began their flight path in the southwest top corner of each house systematically scanning the brickwork course by course. Haus Lange and Haus Esters share materiality, proportion and large picture windows. The mass and forms are eerily similar, but are not twins. The bricks are real, but are not load-bearing, rather purely elevational and feel fake.

Inspired by this performative intervention, the work on display in the gallery asks questions about the role of contemporary renderings in representation, and places emphasis on the architectural elevation. Footage of the original performance features alongside live drone scans of two new houses, Haus Scallop and Haus Sawtooth. Parapet shapes—scallop and sawtooth—become the defining element for the pair of large models, while easily interchangeable white bricks with pink grout, split fieldstone, and architect’s blue foam applied to their facades replace Mies’ bricks with colorful, rendered alternatives. Here, poorly tiled bitmaps combined with misaligned bump maps (digital modeling techniques used in contemporary architectural renderings) inform a collection of new materials. Examples of material renderings and crenelated elevations are hung on a gallery-sized pegboard to demonstrate the exchangeability of these test renders. The exhibition delights in excessive amounts of elevations. Together, these elements suggest: “Let’s try to build renderings!”

Location: Krefeld, Germany
Date: 2017-2019
Type: Research
Exhibitions: Haus Scallop, Haus Sawtooth (Armstrong Gallery, Kent State CAED) 2019


CREDITS
Design Team: Jennifer Bonner, Frankie Perone, Alexandru Vilcu

Fabrication and Production Team: Frankie Perone, Veronica Smith, Alexandru Vilcu, McKayla Tyrrell, Daniel Garcia, Charles Kim, Tammy Teng, Peteris Lazovskis

Research Assistant: Daniela Leon

Faux Brick Film: Ryan Tyler Martinez

Faux Brick 2 Film: Trevor Palocsik, Amanda Harrer

Drone Photography and Data Collection: SpectAir, Germany

Partners: Kunstmuseen Krefeld: Museum Haus Lange, Haus Esters

Funding: Harvard  GSD Dean’s Annual Research Grant Award Program (2017), Kent State University CAED (2019)

Photography: Field Studio


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Mark