The 2 Girls Building in Melbourne, Australia, looks like a piece of urban scenography. It combines art, photography and architecture, becoming a disciplinary hybrid, with the “Masquerade”, from Everton’s ‘Vintage Dolls’ series prominently featured on the building facade. Kavellaris Urban Design (KUD) designed it as a mixed use building comprising gallery and exhibition spaces, offices as well as residential units.
The project explores the relationship between art, architecture and photography, blurring the line between two- and three-dimensional mediums. The effort resulted in a hybrid urban artifact that is part photo and part architecture. KUD collaborated with Melbourne artist Samantha Everton on the design of the structure, selecting a famous photo of two girls to be featured on the facade. The choice was based on the familiarity of the visuals and its connection to the inner city traditional domestic spaces. It also adds a dose of theatricality that infuses the public realm with a bit of drama.
The main circulation route doubles as an art gallery and divides offices, warehouses and apartments. By becoming multidisciplinary, the design efforts made the distinction between the domains of art and architecture more opaque, resulting in a hybrid typology worth watching.
Photos by Peter Clarke