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Vacheron Constantin presents Architecture: Concept and Notation

The latest run of Bernard Tschumi’s design showcase delves into contemporary definitions of architecture.

Following successful showings at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel (in 2014 and 2015 respectively), renowned Swiss-born architect Bernard Tschumi has staged a third run of his exhibition, titled Architecture: Concept and Notation, at the Power Station of Art in Shanghai. 

The showcase is presented by Swiss manufacture Vacheron Constantin and explores notions of contemporary architecture through examining Tschumi’s works over the course of his longstanding career. A strong proponent of the desconstructivism approach to design, Tschumi’s creations are characterised by the “envelope” concept — a specialised area of architectural and engineering practice that draws from all areas of building science and indoor climate control.

If the association between the “starchitect” and watchmaker rings a bell in your mind, you might recall the sleek, manufacturing headquarters Tschumi designed for the brand back in 2004. A fitting collaboration, as both parties share a common vision and philosophy: While watchmakers strive to overcome the limitations of space in the construction of each mechanical timepiece, Tschumi likewise seeks to overcome and transcend the constraints presented to him in each design endeavour.

And yes, a model of the Vacheron Constantin Headquarters and Manufacturing Centre — which is shaped after a stylised halved Maltese cross — is among the pieces featured in the exhibition. 

Architecture: Concept and Notion runs till June 19, 2016 every Tuesday to Sunday, 11am-7pm, at the Power Station of Art in Huangpu District, Shanghai.