Cultural Space (I)

Friedman developed a special interest in the creation and functioning of cultural spaces. Initially, this interest led to the design of multi-functional buildings where the public domain often was part of the structure.

Champs-Élysées in Paris (France) transformed into a huge open air site, staging all sorts of activities. Yona Friedman, 2004

Later he studied the issue of how to supplement the public domain with cultural space or how to transform it into (temporary) cultural space. This led him to experiment with exhibitions in shopping windows and creating ‘democratic’ space like the ‘Street Museum’, where neighbors may show their special items of interest to each other.

He also thought out how to transform a broad boulevard like the Champs-Élysées in Paris (France) into a huge open air site for all sorts of staged activities. His invention of creating random flexible structures with the ‘Space Chain’ technique has lately been adopted by the museum world to create exhibition space . Friedman coined the title ‘Iconostase’ for this project.

House of Parliament, Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), 1967
Centre Pompidou, 1970
Opera House Paris, 1982
Museum without Doors, 1987
Green Church, 1988
Passerelle de Musée, 1988
Tokyo International Forum, 1989
Teatro Piranesi, 1990
Musée 21 Century, 1999
Museum Modern Art Bruxelles, 2000
Milano Pyramid, 2000
Paris Olympic, 2004
Musée de Rue, 2004
Musée des Graffitis, étude, 2006
Iconostase, from 2006
Museum of Afghan Civilization, 2008

Part of these links you can also reach under Cultural Space (II)

Related projects and studies
Art in the street, 1975
Umbrella for Les Halles, 1969
Bicentennial French Revolution, 1989
Urban voids, 1964, 1970, 2006
Variations on a façade with no structure, 1970
Musée de Rue, Como (Italy), 2008