Reviving Art in Architecture: A Look at France's '1% for Art' Policy

Throughout various historical civilizations and art movements, from Classical Greece and Rome to the Renaissance and the Bauhaus, the collaboration between art and architecture has been a significant societal expression. However, the 20th-century ideals of modernism and mass production resulted in the decline and near disappearance of art within buildings.

In response, many European countries have taken on the responsibility of promoting the collaboration between art and architecture. Schemes were created mandating that a percentage of the total cost of a new public building, place, or space must be spent on art. This legislation, commonly known as 'Percentage for Art', originated in France and has been explored by artists and architects over the years to create new architectural experiences.

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House of Concrete Walls / TRAANSPACE

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Vadodara, India
  • Architects: TRAANSPACE
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  6800 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2023
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Grohe, Akanksha Aluminum, American Standard, Auliso, Mitsubishi

EGO building Mixed Use Building / owolarchitects

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  • Architects: owolarchitects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  722
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2024

Dashali Rural Coffee Bookstore / ZhiXing Architects

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Marina House / parte arquitetura

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Pelotas, Brazil
  • Architects: parte arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  259
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Florense, Sherwin-Williams, Broilo Aquecimento, Esquadrias Juchem, Fortlev, +12

B357 Research Hub / Christensen & Co. Architects

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XUN BAKERY / Devolution

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Fuzhou, China
  • Architects: Devolution
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1800
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2023

Coachella 2024 Installations Explore the Intersection of Art, Music, and Community

The annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has opened in Los Angeles with a selection of large-scale art installations curated by the Public Art Company in collaboration with Paul Clemente. The festival grounds at the Empire Polo Field have been reimagined with three newly commissioned works by a diverse group of artists, architects, and designers. Challenging conventional norms and experimenting with new technologies and artistic expressions, these temporary interventions are an invitation for playful exploration, connection, and contemplation, enhancing the festivalgoer’s experience.

According to Raffi Lehrer, the founder of Public Art Company and Curatorial Advisor for Coachella's art program, the aim of these installations is not to simply adorn the festival but “to create environments that provoke thought, evoke emotion, and encourage a shared experience among all attendees.” By collaborating with artists from different fields, the music festival gains a new perspective, opening up its grounds for experimentation and play.

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Stepped House / NOMO STUDIO

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Es Mercadal, Spain
  • Architects: NOMO STUDIO
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  210
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2023

River of Life, Curl Curl House / Sandbox Studio

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Curl Curl, Australia

Bandhan Residential School of Business / Abin Design Studio

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Kankalitala, India

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