Shatwell Farm adds works by Smithsons and Siza to its architectural landscape
Alison and Peter Smithson’s ‘Obelisk’ (designed 1994) and Álvaro Siza’s ‘Columns’ (designed 2014) are being re-erected in a new permanent home as part of the Drawing Matter architectural archive at Shatwell Farm, Somerset.
The carved oak ‘Obelisk’ previously stood at Hadspen House, Castle Carey, the family estate of Drawing Matter founder Niall Hobhouse. It has now been re-erected at Shatwell by Lucas Wilson, grandson of the Smithsons, in open ground between two agricultural buildings, ‘Cowshed’ and ‘Haybarn’, by Stephen Taylor Architects.
‘Columns’ – three fragmented bright yellow concrete columns – was originally commissioned by the Royall Academy of Arts for its Burlington House courtyard. Siza himself has directed the placement of the columns in the new landscape; they will be installed beside Shatwell’s ‘Dairy House’ (by Skene Catling de la Pena) and the archive building (by Hugh Strange Architects).at the end of the summer.
Drawing Matter is an organisation that champions the process of architecture through collecting, archiving and commissioning. The two sculptures are part of an ongoing series of architectural commissions for Shatwell that currently include projects by Clancy Moore Architects, Florian Beigel and Philip Christou, and Siza himself.