Peter Märkli

Peter Märkli’s show at Betts Project in London reveals his unconventional approach to architecture, which straddles boundaries of architecture and art.

Peter Märkli, exhibition view at Betts Project, London, 2017. Courtesy Betts Project
Betts Project presents an exhibition of Swiss architect Peter Märkli, alongside relief-sketches by the sculptor Hans Josephsohn. The exhibitions show his works – from his famous “Language drawings” to 3D drawings and models – that are related to selected projects. Peter Märkli’s work reveals an unconventional approach to architecture, one that is extremely personal. It straddles boundaries of architecture and art.

 

Peter Märkli said: “The sketch is the germ of an idea, with no detail in it. The sketch has to be kept small, otherwise you’d have to flesh out certain details. It’s like a writer coming up with an idea for a novel. He might be clear that there will be three main characters, but he doesn’t yet know how the plot will unfold. Every time you have a motif, an idea, and you need a lot of drawings to work through it to the end. You might do ten and look and suddenly realise that you know enough at that moment, and the thing is finished. But then you might come back to that series much later. It’s perfectly possible. Twenty years after I did this series of facades made up of squares – different squares, not regular ones – I built a house using the same motif. The building and the situation and the landscape all needed this facade.”

Peter Märkli, exhibition view, Betts Project, London 2017. Courtesy Betts Project
Peter Märkli, exhibition view, Betts Project, London 2017. Courtesy Betts Project

15 March – 15 April 2017
Peter Märkli
Betts Project
100 Central Street, London

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