Neri&Hu's architecture “challenges the accepted values of society”

Architect Rossana Hu explains why she and her partner Lyndon Neri turned the theme of “feeling good in architecture” on its head in their keynote speech at the 2014 Inside Festival.

“This year we were given the topic of feeling good in architecture and interior design,” says Hu in the movie, which was filmed at Inside Festival 2014 where Hu was a keynote speaker and judge.

“I think we were more interested in questioning whether it’s viable or relevant to feel good.”

Hu says that much of Neri&Hu’s work “is not about coming to a pretty space and feeling great.”

Rather, she says, “it is about coming to a space where, through discovering different things you might feel bad. But I think feeling bad has better value or is more meaningful than feeling good.”

Hu gives the example of the firm’s The Waterhouse at South Bund boutique hotel, which was named World Interior of the Year at the inaugural Inside Awards in 2011.

The redevelopment of a former Japanese army barracks in Shanghai, the hotel features much of the original building’s exposed concrete and brickwork.

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