Didier Fiuza Faustino

Mixing pragmatism with politics: selected works from the creative mind behind the 'One Square Meter House'
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The epitome of the artist/architect hybrid, Didier Fiuza Faustino's structures, though based within the architectural ouevre, are often created to make a political statement. One of his best known works is the One Square Meter House (2003) (installed at Porte d'Ivry, Paris, in 2008), a cactus-like structure rising from a one-metre footprint that promotes a critical view of land speculation, and subverts the notions of habitability and adaptability. The Sky Is The Limit (2008) a 'tea room' consisting of two structures set 20 meters above the ground 'in a state of weightlessness' is, in it's location close to the troubled border between North and South Korea, possibly the most ambitious. 

Other work includes Double Happiness (2009) – essentially two swings raised up on a platform - which formed part of the Shenzen & Hong Kong Biennale, and Les Racines du Mal (2006) - a take on the streetlight - which looms over the entrance courtyard of 104 in Paris. 

Didier Fiuza Faustino was selected by architect Joseph Grima as one of the best emerging architects for Phaidon's latest overview of contemporary world architecture, 10 x 10/3.


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