// About the drawing
Although Storefront is known by its elevation on Kenmare Street, this perspective drawing represents the building from the northwest, showing the narrow elevation on Cleveland Place. This face demonstrates the radical thinness (and beauty) of the building. The drawing also shows Storefront with a notable exception: the absence of its neighbor to the north. The rear elevation is exposed as a counterpart to the Kenmare Street elevation, signaling opacity rather than transparency, performance rather than display, and indifference rather than figuration. Removing the neighbor also produces another effect. Instead of infilling the residual space between the end of the block and the sidewalk, Storefront becomes an angular freestanding slice, perhaps not unlike the Flatiron Building, or even a piece of cheesecake. In this case, context changes everything. On the one hand, the building is documented accurately and precisely, and on the other hand, through the manipulation of its surroundings, it is transformed entirely.
// About the artist
Adam Snow Frampton is an architect and the Founder of Only If Architecture, a New York City-based design practice for architecture and urbanism. He previously worked as an Associate at OMA in Rotterdam and Hong Kong. During almost seven years there, he was involved in over 20 projects, responsible for leading teams producing architectural and urban designs in China, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., Bahrain, and India. Most significantly, he worked on OMA’s competition-winning Taipei Performing Arts Center from 2008-2013 and led several phases of its design and construction. His independent research on Hong Kong urbanism has been published as the co-authored Cities Without Ground, which maps the city’s three-dimensional networks of pedestrian circulation and public space. This work was also exhibited in the 12th Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. His previous research and design projects have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Center for Architecture, and the Van Alen Institute. He holds a Masters in Architecture from Princeton University and a Bachelors of Environmental Design Summa cum Laude from the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a registered architect in the Netherlands and the United States, and a member of the American Institute of Architects.
// About the exhibition
POP: Protocols, Obsessions, Positions, investigates what constitutes a position in architecture today and how that might be generated through the architect’s drawing. The exhibition presents 30 original drawings of the Storefront gallery space at 97 Kenmare Street by an international group of architects asked to go “from protocols, to obsessions, to positions.” Read more about the exhibition at http://www.storefrontnews.org/programming/exhibitions?c=&p=&e=538.
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