Nigel Coates presents Eurofield, intended as an interface between European business and culture. The diagrams for his Ecstacity project came from a subjective reading of the city, while his Noah’s Ark project in Hokkaido, Japan was the result of the client asking for a classical building on a triangular site. When Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport asked him to design two restaurants that would be destinations in their own right, he thought of the kinds of places people want to go to when they are at an airport. Coates describes his process as a spiral which attempts to balance use, place and signs. He improvises and extemporizes to get ideas out quickly.
Video Archive | Ecstacity (2)
Nigel Coates presents a fake digital design program in which the traditional architectural views have been replaced by Place, Use, Narrative/sign, and Situation. His Ecstacity project, including a series of large paintings, is meant to propose a London developing with a more responsive type of architecture, in a process closer to biology. The project proposes that every building should be mandated to devote 10% to what Coates calls “intermediary architecture.” Coates shows some of his furniture designs including the Tongue Chair and his early work as examples of his interest in how classical furniture incorporates animal parts.