Jan Korbes with Garbage Architecture

Designer: Jan Korbes

Coming from the Gordon Matta-Clark school of architecture, Jan Korbes follows a lot of threads at once. There are a lot of small furniture pieces involving scrap wood and recycled car tires.  Some are interesting, some you’ve seen before, but in every instance he doesn’t stop experimenting.Where it starts to get really interesting is when the objects start to become architecture, or pieces of architecture.

The Zee Stair is a great example: an old harbor pole is sawn again to become a beautiful, unexpected stair. Sinus Stairs II takes this a step farther by recycling old doors to create a screen-like staircase, one that begins to take on the mass and shape of a building.

Optrek Tranvaal takes recovered doors from other projects and recycles them into a skylight/balcony cut not unlike some of Matta-Clark’s late proposals, where the envelope of the building is cut to create something entirely new.


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