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ABOUT THE ARTIST
School Studio is a Brooklyn based architecture and design practice led by Kyle Bigart and Kathryn Hoefler. Focusing on human-centered design at every scale, School takes a cross-disciplined collaborative stance on every project through a research and conceptual based approach.
Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York chose ‘Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear’ by School Studio for the winning proposal of the seventh annual Folly/Function, a juried design-build competition for architects and designers. ‘Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear,’ conceived by Brooklyn-based firm School Studio, is a mirrored cubic kiosk with sliding wall-doors and applied signage.
School Studio’s innovative design maintains the functional intent of a kiosk – to impart information – while blending into the landscape creating a paradox of visibility and invisibility. The structure’s mirrored surfaces reflect the sky, landscape, and sculptures, while its steel armature echoes the Park’s industrial roots. Sliding wall extensions reveal the interior and allow for multiple structural configurations.
Seen from afar, when the mirrored doors of the kiosk are closed, the structure melts into the scenery. Up close, the kiosk signage is revealed to the viewer, and the mirrored surface allows visitors to view a reflection of themselves and the Park.
The clarity of the kiosk’s exposed I-beam frame contrasts with the illusion of the mirrored surface. The interior of each wall-door features cedar boarding and a flexible hook system to maximize the kiosk’s potential for storage and display. Inside, simple plywood furniture and cabinetry complement the architecture of the structural frame. These details emphasize the materiality of the kiosk’s construction and realize the Park’s aim to highlight the creative process from start to finish.