“In fact, when I brought my mother there she couldn’t stop laughing because she thought it was still a construction site.”
She continues: “So that does not necessarily make people feel good, but I think it makes people question where am I? You can watch the movies below. It’s about disturbing the traditions and accepted values of society and we are also challenging people with some of our work.”
Red Room (Parents) by Louise BourgeoisInside Festival took place at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from 1 to 3 October. Movie: architect Rossana Hu explains why she and her partner Lyndon Neri turned the theme of “feeling good in architecture” on its head in their keynote speech at this year’s Inside Festival. We published interviews with all the category winners from this year’s event. What am I looking at? Dezeen Book of Interviews: NeriHu features in our new book, which is on sale nowThe redevelopment of a former Japanese army barracks in Shanghai, the hotel features much of the original building’s exposed concrete and brickwork. Award entries for next year’s festival are open from February 2015. “When you walk into the lobby most people are surprised by the roughness and the rawness of that space,” Hu says. “I think we were more interested in questioning whether it’s viable or relevant to feel good.”
The WaterHouse at South Bund by NeriHuHu says that much of NeriHu’s work “is not about coming to a pretty space and feeling great.”
Rather, she says, “it is about coming to a space where, through discovering different things you might feel bad. But I think feeling bad has better value or is more meaningful than feeling good.”
Hu gives the example of the firm’s The Waterhouse at South Bund boutique hotel, which was named World Interior of the Year at the inaugural Inside Awards in 2011.