Studio Gang Aqua Tower / Phillip Johnson Diary

September 27, 2010 by  

Studio Gang Architects: Auqua Tower and Philip Johnson: Diary of an Eccentric Architect – Sep 29 7 pm Denver Art Museum

90 Minute Running Time


With Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects and Tomas Rossant of Ennead Architects, NYC in person! Screening will take place at the Denver Art Museum Sharp Auditorium. For directions, click here. A post-film reception with complimentary food and cash bar will take place at Euclid Hall (1317 14th St.), 9-11 PM.

This special presentation at the Denver Art Museum Auditorium spotlights two acclaimed modern architects, Philip Johnson, the word-famous architect who pioneered the design of the modern glass & steel skyscraper, and Jeanne Gang, the creator of Chicago’s new 82 story Aqua Tower building. Following the film, Jeanne Gang and Tomas Rossant of Ennead Architects, NYC will lead a discussion in person about her work.

(photo credit: Dane Tashima)
About Jeanne Gang:
Jeanne Gang is principal and founder of Studio Gang. Ms. Gang leads design work of the office and fosters collaboration with team members, weaving both constraints and opportunities into the process. She has staked out new creative territory in materials, technology, and sustainability, and her work with Studio Gang has received national and international awards and recognition. 

Studio Gang Architects: Aqua Tower

USA, 2009, 27 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Art, Documentary

Chicago is famous for its role in fostering modern architecture, owing to the legacy of Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright in the late 1900s, and Mies van der Rohe in the mid-20th Century. Now Jeanne Gang, founder of Studio Gang, is giving the epithet “Chicago School” a new meaning. Gang, who started her architectural practice in Chicago in 1997, completed Aqua, an 82-story apartment tower, overlooking the city’s Millennium Park in 2009. Already an icon on the city’s skyline, the concrete floorplates take on a different contour at each level, with variously curved cantilevered balconies.

The film not only examines the thinking behind Aqua that make its presence on the skyline so striking, but takes visitors to the award-winning “Brick Weave House” (2009) in a Chicago residential neighborhood, where brick walls form a large open-air “screened porch” at the house’s front. Another project, the SOS Children’s Village Lavezzorio Community Center on Chicago’s South Side (2008) makes use of irregular, workmanlike concrete. In addition, Blair Kamin, the architectural critic of the Chicago Tribune, appears in the film to elucidate the impact Gang has had on the Chicago landscape.

DIRECTOR: Tom Piper

Philip Johnson, Diary of An Eccentric Architect

USA, 1996, 56 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Art, Documentary

Philip Johnson, the world famous architect who died in 2005, was always on the forefront of stylistic change, and his property in New Canaan, Connecticut, is a kind of laboratory where Johnson is his own best client. It was there that he built his famous “Glass House” he still resides in. This building has no walls; (the landscape became “expensive wallpaper”) an accompanying guest house, by contrast, has no windows, though it is light and sensuous inside. We visit these, as well as the gallery which houses Johnson’s extensive collection of contemporary art on its revolving walls. The video depicts Johnson at work and the importance of the architectural act, the actual construction, and how the buildings interact with their environment, in this case the autumn leaves or snow of New Canaan.

DIRECTOR: Barbara Wolf

Tickets click here for the Denver Film Society – Movie

Tickets click here for the Denver Film Society – Movie and Reception