Harry n. abrams, inc.
When the visionary American architectural team of Diller + Scofidio won a
commission for Swiss EXPO 2002, they reinvented the tradition of creating
spectacular buildings for World's Fairs by creating an empty one—an ephemerally
beautiful yet eerily vacant pavilion.
Consisting of a mist formed by 30,000 fog nozzles mounted on an immense
structure of steel cables, the Blur Building appears to float above a Swiss
lake. It's a fabricated cloud, complete with a water bar.
The book of Blur captures the experience of passing through this vaporous
maze. More than 240 pages, including four double gatefolds, document every
aspect of the project, from the first conceptual sketches to the
computer-programmed "braincoats" to be worn by the estimated 10 million visitors
to construction documents and news clippings. Even the transparent plastic cover
and shadowy title typography convey the transitory essence of Diller +
Scofidio's thought-provoking work. This unique book will be the permanent
manifestation of the building, which will be dismantled after the Expo
384 p., 22,8 x 15,2 cm