Dafni Evangelou’s Top 5 Architectural Installations

My name is Dafni Evangelou and I work as an interior architect at DAY creative business partners.

The connection between architecture and other forms of art has long been a fascinating topic for me. Even during my studies I have always been in search of ways that architecture can mean something more than simply a structure. Architectural installations are the perfect example of how artists can evoke emotional reactions through the use of space, transforming it to create an emotional and immersive experience. In the same way, when designing a spacial environment I try to find ways to engage the audience on an architectural, conceptual or social level.


– Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Italy


With a three kilometer walkway wrapped in 100,000 square meters of yellow cloth, Christo creates a new architectural landscape dimension. He puts emphasis on the sensory dimensions by giving the viewer the chance to experience the feeling of walking on water and giving him an active role in the project.



– Anish Kapoor: Descension, New York, USA


According to Anish Kapoor this is a ‘downward sculpture’ formed by a giant pool of continuously spiralling water that poses as a natural phenomenon. The swirling water that appears as if disappearing into the earth can bring different meanings to every viewer. For Kapoor, the pool is also a representation of the current state of politics in America.



– Ann Hamilton: the event of a thread, New York, USA


One of my favourite performance-installation artists. This installation centers on an immense white curtain connected to 42 swings. When the swings are in action they bring the curtain in movement creating an organic movement performed live by the audience itself. At the same time it brings them back to childhood memories by letting them swoop through the air.



– Lorenzo Quinn Support, Venice, Italy


Two giant children hands are surging from the water supporting Venice from rising sea levels during the 2017 Biennale. This sculpture is an artist’s response to climate change and the affect it has on our global heritage. It also symbolises two opposite sides of the humane nature, the creative and the destructive, making the statement that Venice is running out of time and needs help.



– Snarkitecture: Beach, Washington DC, US


The Beach became a traveling interactive installation of a 929m2 enclosure filled with nearly one million clear, recyclable balls. The installation reimagines the landscape of a 15m beach “shoreline” with beach chairs, umbrellas and a snack bar recalling elements of a typical beach-going experience. It transforms a familiar surrounding into an immersive and playful experience.


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