Sam Jacob Studio Built a Concept from Modernist Icon Adolf Loos

By: Joey Haar - Sep 14, 2016
References: samjacob & dezeen
Sam Jacob Studio, a London-based architecture firm, recently built a mausoleum based on a design that was never constructed by famous Austrian modernist architect Adolf Loos. Loos designed the mausoleum for Max Dvorak in 1921, but his design was never put into use and has been haunting the annals of architectural culture since then.

Sam Jacob Studio's reinterpretation of the Loos design is entitled 'A Very Small Part of Architecture' after a quotation from Loos' essay 'Architecture,' written in 1910. The mausoleum is a 1:1 scale recreation of the original design. However, it is made from timber and scaffolding nets, whereas the original was meant to be of heavy brick. This elision of materials is not a matter of paucity of resources -- rather, Sam Jacob Studio used those materials as a "ghostly reenactment of an unrealized architectural idea."