Imaginary Architectures by El Ultimo Grito


Spanish designers El Ultimo Grito will exhibit a collection of blown-glass architectural models at the Aram Gallery in London later this month.

Top: Imaginary Architectures, Apartments
Above: Imaginary Architectures, Hotel

Called  Imaginary Architectures, the objects feature tubes, funnels and steps to each represent a different building typology, including a hotel, car park and theatre.

Above: Imaginary Architectures, Theatre

Called El Ultimo Grito - Dialogues, the exhibition will also include a collection of furniture made of cardboard and resin, and a graphic project that combines photographs of the designers with famous quotes.

Above: Imaginary Architectures, Parking Side

Here are some more stories on El Ultimo Grito on Dezeen:

Competition: five copies of El Ultimo Grito - Abandon Architectures to be won (February 10th, 2010)
Art commissions at Heathrow Terminal Five (January 22nd, 2008)

Here are some more details from the gallery:

El Ultimo Grito - Dialogues

With the arrival of Abandon Architectures, El Ultimo Grito’s new book, The Aram Gallery is pleased to present three collections of work from 2009 and 2010, not yet seen in the UK.

Above: Imaginary Architectures, Spa

Known for their engaging reinvention of objects, and large scale installations, El Ultimo Grito’s more recent work has included direct questioning of cultural and social preconceptions.

Above: Found objects: Dialogues

This new direction is embodied in the selected works for this exhibition which include: a group of large blown glass installation pieces exploring architectural archetypes created with master glassblowers in Italy; a collection of lightweight cardboard and resin furniture, incorporating structural ingenuity with rich colouring and suggesting an alternative design and production method for a permanent dining table; and ‘Found objects: Dialogues’ a series of photographic re-appropriations of famous quotes.

Above: Found objects: Dialogues

Roberto Feo and Rosario Hurtado are the Post Disciplinary studio EL ULTIMO GRITO.

Above: Found objects: Dialogues

Their work “reflects upon their interest in how contemporary culture incorporates, re-uses and re-interprets the systems and structures that it has inherited.

Above: Found objects: Dialogues

Within this context the challenge is to create new objects, which can be typologically disentangled from our conventional (learned) understanding of the world, and thus offer alternative ways to live, work and communicate.”

Above: Found objects: Dialogues

El Ultimo Grito’s work has been widely exhibited and is collected by leading International museums and galleries.

Above: Found objects: Dialogues

In 2008 the practice was renamed EUG Studio during a two year residency in Berlin. Now based back in London the studio’s work has expanded into a distinct critical practice along side Product design and Art Direction.

Above: Cardboard Resin Furniture

Both partners teach at the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths University, as well as being acting visiting Professors at HFBK, Hamburg University.

Above: Cardboard Resin Furniture

The Aram Gallery thanks Kingston University Design Department where Rosario Hurtado and Roberto Feo are visiting senior research fellows, for supporting this exhibition.

Curator: Daniel Charny
Assistant Curator: Ellie Parke
Gallery Director: Zeev Aram

Posted on Wednesday March 10th 2010 at 2:57 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • biboarchitect

    may be we should call a psycho!

  • Great guys! Big ups.

  • abdulqadirabas

    If the term ‘fashion’ is infecting the architectural industries..then this is one of the evidence.. “Less Is More” look alike dialogs, but it works though..
    Beautifully crafted objects which i want to own one…
    but at first glance..i taught it is a hamsters cage..which i still think it is..

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  • Scetchy

    thumbs up guys, love the glass modells.

  • *matt

    bongitecture heh

  • AC
  • maxe

    Work more on concepts guys. Glass is cool but glass is only a material.

  • ulf

    i am scared

  • Lord D

    My hamster would love to live in one of those glass houses!

  • happygo

    @ abdulqadirabas
    Are you sure they are beautifully crafted? They are crafted, yes. But beautifully, I am not sure.

    Aram Gallery seems to have something for borosilicate objet.

    These pieces also have something of Archigram, obviously, “Imaginary Architectures” is what they did. But with hand worked glass, not beautifully crafted drawings.

    I’m not really sure what this adds. It will be interesting to see what EUG do next. How this leads to other things and informs the debate they elude to.

    But they sure make for nice photos!

  • ohyes
  • Neo

    Hey guys don’t take everything so seriously. The glass architectures are wonderful metaphors of our society and also beautiful objects by themselves.

    Take the Hotel for example, just genius. You get to this luxurious huge entrance-lobby , and then cross through the medium size restaurant, to get the elevator and reach your over priced and super tiny room.

    Is not that a clever comment on culture and architecture??

  • Davide

    very cool, apart from the glass objects

  • I think it could be a mixture of hamster cage and over priced hotel…It’d be a hit.

  • tanya telford – T

    i’m familiar with the exhibition they curated in 2008 which seemed to be working with a few interesting ideas and produced some thought provoking work. Ive seen some more info on design boom re: the above exhibition. Im guessing (its only a guess but…) they work to provoke thought, although for me i do find some of the work (especially some above) a bit harsh,