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Smiljan Radić in Conversation with Justin McGuirk

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Smiljan Radić, the architect of the Radić Pavilion, discusses key ideas behind his design with writer and curator, Justin McGuirk.  Presented by Hauser & Wirth Somerset.

Smiljan Radić is a preeminent Chilean architect, whose work is characterised by his dedication to the detail of his buildings and his interest in the expressive use of natural materials, such as wood, stone and metals. Radić was born in Santiago de Chile in 1965, and studied at the Instituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, Italy. In 2001, Radić was named ‘Best architect under 35 years old’ by the Chile College of Architects, and in 2009 was appointed an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects. He has lectured extensively and has mounted several architecture exhibitions on his work.

Radić has completed the majority of his buildings in Chile, with a diverse range of commissions. His smaller public buildings include the extension to Charcoal Burner’s House, Santa Rosa, Chile; The Wardrobe and the Mattress, Tokyo, Japan, and the Bus Stop Commission, Kumbranch, Austria. His larger public buildings in Chile include Restaurant Mestizo, Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and the Winery in Millahue, while his domestic buildings include Cooper House 2, Pite House, and the House for the Right Angle.

Justin McGuirk is a writer, critic and curator based in London. He is the director of Strelka Press, the publishing arm of the Strelka Institute in Moscow. He has been the design critic of The Guardian, the editor of Icon magazine and the design consultant to Domus. In 2012 he was
awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture for an exhibition he curated with Urban Think Tank. His book ‘Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture’ is published by Verso.

Hauser & Wirth Somerset

Hauser & Wirth Somerset is a pioneering world-class gallery and multi-purpose arts centre, which acts as a destination for experiencing art, architecture and the remarkable Somerset landscape through new and innovative exhibitions of contemporary art. A landscaped garden, designed for the gallery by internationally renowned landscape architect Piet Oudolf, includes a 1.5 acre perennial meadow, which sits behind the gallery buildings.

Centred around a core belief in conservation, education and sustainability, Hauser & Wirth Somerset offers a wide variety of special events including talks, seminars, workshops and screenings, as well as an extensive learning programme for local schools, young people and families. The centre also provides resources including a bookshop and dedicated learning room.

Hauser & Wirth Somerset supports an immersive artist-in-residence programme, encouraging artists to benefit from the idyllic surroundings and to integrate with the local community.

On-site restaurant, the Roth Bar & Grill, serves seasonal, locally sourced produce, and includes a site-specific bar created by Björn and Oddur Roth, the son and grandson of artist Dieter Roth.

Hauser & Wirth Somerset has been awarded a RIBA South West Award 2015, a Civic Trust 2015 Award, and in 2014 it was the winner of the William Stansell Historic Buildings Award, for Durslade Farmhouse.

Vist Hauser & Wirth Somerset here: https://www.hauserwirthsomerset.com

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