2022

04/11/2022

Oulu 2026 - Farewell to the Hoppers Video

‘FAREWELL TO THE HOPPERS’ was the first AaltoSiilo event produced by Factum Foundation as part of Oulu2026 – European City of Culture  programme. Below is a link to the video posted in relation to this event.

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25/08/2022

Farewell to the Hoppers

On September 24th, Factum Foundation in collaboration with Oulu, European Capital of Culture 2026 will be organising a series of performances, projections and a concert in the iconic Silo by Alvar Aalto. Freely open to the public and available on Facebook streaming ,‘FAREWELL TO THE HOPPERS’ is the first event of AaltoSiilo project produced by Factum Foundation as part of Oulu2026 culture programme.

The event will start with local DJs and audiovisual artists on the grounds surrounding the Silo, located in the Meri Toppila district of Oulu. The main show, offered by Finnish percussion group Transistori, will be performed inside the iconic building designed by architects Alvar and Aino Aalto. The audience will be able to experience Transistori’s performance through a LED screen installed outside the Silo.

Two industrial metal hoppers formerly used during the cellulose-making process will be dismantled and removed from site in 2023, as part of the restoration works undertaken by the Factum Foundation and Skene Catling de la Peña. A third one was already removed from the Silo during checks to the structural integrity of the building in the past years. The cavernous and peculiar sound of these metal hoppers caught the attention of Finnish percussion group Transistori, who specialises in instruments built from scrap and recycled materials. The performance will highlight and explore the industrial past of the Toppila Pulp Mill Silo and its rebirth after restoration.

The group, composed of six musicians and two sound engineers, all originally from Oulu, will use the hoppers and funnels as percussion instruments during the performance, remixing and enhancing their sound using electronic beats, synthesizers and drum machines. The interior of the Silo will act as a resonating chamber, transforming the building into an urban-sized musical instrument.

The Silo, designed to store wood chips for cellulose production and located in the Meri Toppila area of Oulu, is currently undergoing restoration. The not-for-profit Factum Foundation and the award-winning architectural practice Skene Catling de la Peña, who acquired the Silo in 2020, aim to repurpose it as a multi-purpose centre for the digital preservation of industrial heritage in the North.

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06/07/2022

Avoiding Oblivion is featured on Artlyst's Top 10 List

27/06/2022

The Masterpiece podcast: Episode Three

Presented by Masterpiece London in partnership with Apollo, this three-part series of podcasts provides an insight into the works on show at this year’s Masterpiece fair. In this final episode, Sophie Barling speaks to Charis Tyndall of Charles Ede about a striking image of female companionship on an Ancient Greek funeral stele. Nick Stagliano of Michele Beiny gallery tells the story behind a porcelain breast bowl made for Marie Antoinette, while Adam Lowe talks about the display he has curated with architect Charlotte Skene Catling for the fair’s new Masterpiece [Re]Discovery section, ‘Avoiding Oblivion: The Preservation of Pharaonic Knowledge’, which builds on the work of Lowe’s workshop Factum Arte in the Valley of the Kings over the last two decades.

Masterpiece London is at the Royal Hospital Chelsea from 30 June–6 July.

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24/06/2022

Financial Times: Tutankhamun rises again in show looking at ancient Egypt’s cultural legacy

The exhibition Avoiding Oblivion – Pharaonic Influence over the Past 500 Years, curated by Adam Lowe and Charlotte Skene Catling at Masterpiece [Re]Discovery in London, was the result of years of work to raise awareness about the preservation of cultural heritage and the changing attitudes to preservation.

Our collective fascination with Ancient Egypt has grown since the start of modern Egyptology in 1822 – the year that saw the deciphering of Hieroglyphs and the exhibition of the first facsimile of part of Seti’s tomb in London and Paris. While the excitement took many people to Luxor and created an important economy based on tourism, it also led to the partial destruction of the Valley of the Kings. In November, COP27 will hopefully deliver more than the first 26 summits and help us all to avoid oblivion!

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05/04/2022

Bishop Auckland's Spanish Gallery officially opened by the Queen of Spain and the Prince of Wales

Led by Jonathan Ruffer, the Auckland Project is working to regenerate large sections of the town of Bishop Auckland. Part of the redevelopment is the new Spanish Gallery, the first museum in the UK to be devoted to Spanish art, which opened on October 15, 2021.

Factum Foundation and Skene Catling de la Peña were commissioned to rethink the concept and role of a museum for the top floor. The result, ‘In the Blink of an Eye, Transience and Eternity in the Spanish Golden Age’, is a space filled with great objects, all with their own specific history, biography and meaning in their original location, but with the potential to unlock a profound understanding of Spanish art when put together in dialogue with each other. The original pieces were all chosen, digitally recorded using non-contact technologies and re-embodied as physical facsimiles to reveal some of the defining characteristics of this period of Spanish art and its context.

The outcome is a portal into Spanish Renaissance and early Baroque thinking and a collection of mutually beneficial collaborations that redefine sharing, connoisseurship and preservation.

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16/03/2022

Aalto Siilo: A busy start

Since the beginning of 2022, while weather conditions in Finland don’t allow for the renovation works to continue, the team at AaltoSiilo has been quite busy presenting the new plans and design updates to the Oulu 2026 Capital of Culture Foundation team and the city planning council. The project is now officially part of the Oulu 2026 programming and plans are in the making to organise the first event within the Silo this summer.

The focus on recycling and reuse has prompted the Skene Catling de la Peña team to look for suitable demolition sites in order to reclaim and reuse building material (or ‘spolia’) in and around Oulu. Charlotte Skene Catling was invited as a keynote speaker at the European University of Post-Industrial Cities in Rotterdam on June 17, where she will present the AaltoSiilo project and the Meri Toppila urban transformation process.

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2021

30/12/2021

The Ugliest Building in Oulu - A Masters Thesis published by Lauri Klemola at Aalto University

Lauri Klemola has written his Masters thesis at Aalto University on the AaltoSiilo. The thesis is a collection of three essays in architectural theory that take the silo’s title as ‘The Ugliest Building in Oulu’ as a starting point for exploring the aesthetics of ugliness.

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AaltoSiilo Website

23/12/2021

Let there be light!

No longer a building for storing woodchips, the Silo is now an extraordinary piece of sculpture. Since July, Valentino Tignanelli and the team in Finland have cleared, cleaned and secured the building after decades of neglect; the pigeons no longer rule the roost. The most recent step, before the snow and freezing weather halted building work until spring, has been the installation of electricity and lighting.

Through the preservation of this great building, the goal is to create a new approach to the recording and reuse of industrial heritage. After an extremely positive meeting with the Oulu planning department, Skene Catling de la Peña are currently developing the design of the new Research Centre, and working with engineers eHRW and other Finnish partners to define a protocol for recycling large pieces of demolition waste.

The Aaltosiilo project ends its first operational year with the building and plot of land fully cleaned and cleared. Plus, now for the first time in 40 years, the inside is lightened up by a new electricity network and dozens of working lights.

2022 will see the Siilo renovated in depth, with sustainable practices and innovative solutions that will hopefully allow us to host the first events and shared discussions with the community about its future. Everybody in Oulu is looking forward to the revitalisation of this iconic landmark and the work will continue at a fast pace, among Northern lights in the sky and snow in the ground!”

AaltoSiilo Website

13/08/2021

The AALTOSIILO Capsule - A Conversation between Charlotte Skene Catling and Adam Lowe

Adam Lowe and Charlotte Skene Catling in conversation for the Architecture Film Festival London 2021

Listen to full conversation here

AaltoSiilo Website

Architectural Film Festival – AaltoSiilo Capsule

22/04/2021

The 15th International Alvar Aalto Symposium – Future of Industry

The 15th International Alvar Aalto Symposium – Future of Industry (August 12-13 2021), will focus on the current challenges of the spaces and milieus of the history, present and future manufacturing industry. The main theme will be studied from three specific viewpoints. Reliable partner: a factory building in the city, Responsible action: sustainable industrial milieus and Building identity: The role of industrial architecture in constructing community, recognizability and perceived value.

Charlotte Skene Catling and Adam Lowe will present the AaltoSiilo as keynote speakers in this event organised by the Alvar Aalto Academy together with the City of Jyväskylä and several other partners. The 2-day programme will include besides speeches and conversations, architectural excursions, exhibitions and various public events.

AaltoSiilo Website

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09/03/2021

DesignBoom Article on the AaltoSiilo Project

DesignBoom have written a piece on the AaltoSiilo Project,. The proposal by Skene Catling de la Peña and Factum Foundation seeks to turn an Alvar Aalto designed wood chip silo in northern Finland into a research centre.

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2019

16/10/2019

Breaking Ground - Architecture by Women

A ground-breaking visual survey of architecture designed by women from the early twentieth century to the present day.

Charlotte Skene Catling is featured with an accompanying image from the Flint House project

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08/2019

When Fake News is Good News

Emma Chricton-Miller writes an article featuring the Madame de Pompadour exhibition designed by Skene Catling de la Peña in collaboration with Factum Arte.  The article investigates how digital technology is transforming our understanding of the context and meaning of historic works of art.

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2018

27/06/2018

Marina Abramovic - Masterpiece 2018

MASTERPIECE PRESENTS launched last year as a large-scale, dedicated exhibition space within Masterpiece London, transforming the Fair’s entrance and providing a platform for innovative, immersive works of art.

This year they showcase a new body of work by Marina Abramovic, Five Stages of Maya Dance. Presented by Factum Arte, in collaboration with Lisson Gallery, with the exhibition design by Skene Catling de la Peña, this set of five alabaster portraits of Marina Abramović merge performance, light and sculpture. They have a hauntingly physical presence but, as you move around the pieces, they decompose into intricately carved ‘landscapes’ of alabaster.

These works are the result of an extended period of experimentation that the artist has been carrying out in Factum Arte’s workshops in Madrid. Through the use of carved alabaster, Abramović is exploring new ways to give form to her ideas.

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06/05/2018

Wallpaper article features the Focus House

Skene Catling de la Peña feature in Wallpaper Magazine in an article dedicated to the Cube Haus project.

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05/05/2018

Build your own Adjaye: starchitects design catalogue homes

Skene Catling de la Peña feature in The Guardian with Oliver Wainwright’s thoughts on Cube Haus and the idea of designer catalogue homes.

In 2017, Philip Bueno de Mesquita approached Skene Catling de la Peña with the Cube Haus concept, which he and his partner Paul Tully created in response to the ongoing shortage of housing in London. They had discovered an underused asset: small, awkward and irregular sites. They then proposed a unique model for the development of residential infill sites and commissioned Skene Catling de la Peña, as one of four award winning Architects, to develop a replicable design that could unlock the potential of these often overlooked assets.

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07/02/2018

Architects of New Misk Art Institute in Saudi Arabia Discuss Design Vision

Bab al Ard – the Saudi Arabian Art Institute is featured in Architectural Record.

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29/01/2018

Art Forum writes about the MiSK Arts Institute

2016

11/2016

Geological Geometry

02/09/2016

The Veronica Scanner - Live 3D Portraiture RA Exhibition opens

Skene Catling de la Peña, in collaboration with Factum Foundation, have designed the latest RA exhibition; The Veronica Scanner: A new interactive project that celebrates the art of 3D photogrammetry in the 21st century. For ten days in September, the RA will be home to the Veronica Chorographic Scanner, a bespoke 3D head scanner. In a matter of seconds, the scanner uses eight cameras to capture 96 high resolution photographs of the human head from every angle, mapping even the finest surface details. These images can then be processed into a digital 3D model, replicating every feature of the face in intricate detail.

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09/2016

House Remix

07/2016

La Casa di Roccia

05/2016

Living in Loneliness

23/03/2016

RIBA House of the Year Lecture: Skene Catling de la Peña

In the first lecture in the Architecture Centre’s 20th anniversary programme, People and Places, Charlotte Skene Catling considers the foundations of architecture and place making.

Described by the judges as “a marvel of geological evolution and construction, Flint House is a celebration of location, material and architectural design at its best. Set in the flint-layered fields of the Rothschild’s estate at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, the building rises from the ground as dark, fashioned flint and slowly changes in construction and texture until its refined white chalk blocks disappear into the sky.”

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15/03/2016

AIA UK Excellence in Design Awards 2016 - Jury Announced

Skene Catling de la Peña are granted a position on the jury for the AIA UK Excellence in Design Awards 2016.

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02/2016

Rockstar

03/2016

Minecraft

14/01/2016

Lecture - Design Museum London - Skene Catling de la Peña + Assemble

Celebrated for the artistry of their work, Assemble and Charlotte Skene Catling discuss the craft of architecture with Richard Wentworth and Will Hunter at the London School of Architecture’s monthly Show and Tell Social.

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11/01/2016

DOMUS writes a feature on the Flint House

2015

14/12/2015

Oliver Wainwright features The Flint House in his Top 10 Architecture list of 2015

27/11/2015

House of the Year 2015: Flint House wins prestigious RIBA award

The Independent features am article announcing The Flint House as the winner of the RIBA House of the Year 2015.

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26/11/2015

Flint House features on The Times

25/11/2015

Grand Designs House of the Year: Lord Rothschild's Flint House scoops top prize

The Flint House is selected to be the RIBA House of the Year 2015. This feature in the Evening Standard gives Kevin McCloud’s impressions of the design, revealed as part of a special four-part TV series on Channel 4.

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04/2015

A Raked Progress

2010

25/10/2010

Re-Use Architecture

2009

01/08/2009

100 Country Houses - New Rural Architecture

01/03/2009

Space Craft 2

2008

05/2008

A Modernist Arcadia

03/2008

Grand Guide: Cladding

2007

10/2007

Novel Inspiration