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Wexner Center For The Arts Designed By Peter Eisenman And Richard Trott

The Wexner Center for the Arts is an experimental project named after the museum that was built before it was completed. It is possible to say that the Peter Eisenman design is approaching this moniker that the museum’s architect thought. Peter Eisenman has dedicated his career to devoting architectural forms to theoretical science. The Wexner Center for the Arts was also opened in 1989 as its first major public structure. In order to evaluate music as an example of deconstruction and architectural theories, it can be considered that theory and practice are different with their problems. At the same time, the structure is also a great inspiration for academic communities with its precise design.

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The Wexner Center for the Arts is located on the southern portion of the Ohio State University campus. The structure offers spaces that allow different disciplines to explore and exhibit modern Art. In the design process that emerged as a result of a contest in 1983, Michael Graves, Cesar Pelli, Kallmann McKinnell & Wood and Arthur Erickson, leaving behind such famous architects as the other finalists, according to the large-scale structures despite having very little experience in the field, carried out by Peter Eisenman. As a result, the election of Eisenman creates a fairly sufficient public opinion for the museum, which is asked to contribute to the public space. Even artworks are not placed in the museum so that those who come at its opening are not distracted by this great architectural work.

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The Wexner Center for the Arts exemplifies Eisenman’s highly original approach to architecture. The museum is an autonomous structure that creates its own original metadological process and architectural language by not breaking away from its context. The Wexner Center for the Arts creates quasi-historical references to what is customary, rejecting architectural traditions in its structure. He rejects spatial traditions with architectural elements separated from their functional purposes. Eisenman aims to deliberately create strange and incompatible moments with the presence of the human body in his space. According to the architect, these are the greatest achievements of the structure. This is because they form real forms that are the expression of deconstructivist Salvation.

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Like most of Eisenman’s works, this museum’s form is dominated by powerful grid systems. The city of Columbus and the University’s urban grids overlap each other by being played out. This allows for an axial rotation, with changes of 12.5 degrees between the two grid systems. It adds harmonious tectonic elements to them. These elements create contrasting moments as the two grid systems compete for priority.

In collages prepared by Eisenman, this competing Inter-grid tension and ‘searchers’ with an imitation of the original structure with the spaces created between them were emphasized. All this is a kind of advertising for the University; the intelligently fictionalized interaction of the campus with the community. But as an architectural strategy, structure is a formal change consisting of different systems that make up themselves.

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One of the first points of the Wexner Center for the Arts is the small towers formed of red bricks. These towers are elements of the project that are in conflict with the ultra-modernity of the scaffolding, which is a reference to the medieval arsenal that was demolished to make way for the museum. Here, Eisenman makes a chilling reference to the devastating impact of’ structure’. If it is necessary to open its architecture more, these towers are divided, carved characters with pieces of historicity and constructors that emphasize the importance of the past example. The museum, with its towers and grid-system scaffolding, makes for a complex effect, as does Eisenman’s collages.

Architect: Peter Eisenman, Richard Trott
Location: Ohio, USA
Year built: 1987-1989

Written by Stephanie Green

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