Stilthouses and Bidonvilles by Arne Quinze



Design Miami 08: An exhibition of sculptures by Belgian artist Arne Quinze is on show at Wolfgang, Roth and Partners Fine Art as part of Art Basel - Miami Beach in Miami, USA.


Quinze describes the Bidonvilles as "shanty towns competing with skyscrapers... Social gravity pushes up the social mass, into the sky."


"The houses will extract all the energy they can from wind, water, sun or frequencies to satisfy their own requirements as well as the needs of their inhabitants," he says of the Stilthouses series.


The exhibition will continue at Wolfgang, Roth and Partners Fine Art gallery in Miami until 10 January 2009.

The following is from Arne Quinze:



Arne Quinze presents Stilthouses and Bidonvilles, his houses for the future as a parody on the way how people are living now. Cities are developing with a never ending stream of speed. Without thinking houses are built in a rapid tempo next to each other.


Those houses lack a vision of sustainabilty and functions of the buildings, streets, parks... aren't thought through. Bidonvilles and Stilthouses tranquilize or accelerate this process intentionally provoking open communication in a society of human interaction.


Bidonvilles are favellas, shanty towns competing with skyscrapers. Ground space will be scarce. Social gravity pushes up the social mass, into the sky.Was the air once the sovereign district of the wealthy and rich, it now has undergone a shift in balance and power.


Looking at Bidonvilles, a vertical osmosis of supressed building blocks, is experiencing the transparancy of people all living together and interacting again in what once was just an individual society.


Stilthouses generate architecture as they are layered and hierarchical by design. Everything goes faster here, people build without thinking about it. We'll live above and around each other. The houses will extract all the energy the can from wind, water, sun or frequencies to satisfy their own requirements as well as the needs of their inhabitants.


Communal activities flourish and social cohesion is the norm as public spaces are the only free spaces left to enjoy nature. Stilthouses protect their inhabitants but contradictorily stimulate openeness and intermingle different views and groups in society.


More stories on Dezeen by Arne Quinze:



Ferrer Store




Arne Quinze at La Galerie de Pierre Bergé & Associés


Arne Quinze at Swarovski Crystal Palace


Gallery 113



Posted on Wednesday December 3rd 2008 at 2:00 am by Rob Ong. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • thrinakie

    I love it!!! He is my favourite contemporary artist

  • skiliftsjenkins

    i like the way the stuff looks
    but the blurb falls into the classic artist trap of using too much complex flowery sentance structure, long words and misused terms (i don’t think osmosis really has a place in any of that) – the ideas behind the project could be stated with clarity in just 3 or 4 sentances.

  • Luxury Larry

    I do like this…eventhough I had no idea who he is before!

  • Laura

    I am always a fan of aesthetics and these are truly amazing. He has created abstract beauty out of ‘rubbish’, fantastic!

  • *MIRTEC*

    welcome to the ministry of silly models…

  • DN3

    COOL!! Amazing how you can do so much with so little!!

  • peridothound

    Lebbeus Woods and Piranesi done birthed a baby. And its interesting to muse over as well. But I guess the poor will still be poor no matter how hard we muse them into cheerier spirits.

  • Diaphanous_abyssinian

    VERY impressive… I love it!

  • Anne

    It also reminds a little of Constant Nieuwenhuys’s aesthetics and some of his ideas – people living in spaces above ground that is changed by the residents as they wish.

  • nice forms and colours

  • bebob

    This surely is fantastic work for a first year architecture student!