The directors of Frieze Art Fair, Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp, today announced the appointment of a new architect, Jamie Fobert, to design the structure housing the fourth annual Frieze Art Fair, Regent’s Park, London, in October 2006.
Canadian born Fobert trained at the University of Toronto, and has had his own practice, Jamie Fobert Architects, since 1996. From its inception Jamie Fobert Architects has had a reputation for innovative and inspiring work, and has already garnered several awards and was one of 12 short-listed for the prestigious Stirling prize in 2003 for ‘The Anderson House’.
Fobert’s practice covers residential, commercial and cultural projects and he has recently won two major public competitions. In 2004 the practice was selected for the refurbishment and extension of Kettle’s Yard Gallery in Cambridge, and in 2005 awarded the commission for Tate St Ives Phase Two Development – a major extension that will provide additional gallery space and a dedicated learning centre.
Before setting up his own company Fobert worked for David Chipperfield Architects and was involved in projects in Japan, France and Italy. In 1995 and 1996 he was responsible for the Berlin practice overseeing the design and construction of a number of new projects in Germany.
“Jamie’s reputation is growing rapidly and we are excited to be working with him,” commented the directors of Frieze Art Fair. “His understanding of architecture for art, coupled with his visual flair make him the perfect match for Frieze. The structure housing the fair is one of the key factors distinguishing Frieze from other contemporary art fairs worldwide. Exhibitors and visitors alike are attracted by a well-designed, bespoke space in which to sell, view and buy the best international contemporary art – it is an essential part of the overall experience of the event.“
Jamie Fobert added, “Unlike permanent art spaces this vast space must be constructed quickly and lasts only four days. Frieze must function seamlessly both for its visitors and galleries while presenting a strong contemporary image of what an art space can be. I look forward to working with the Frieze team to find a solution to this challenge.”
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Jamie Fobert Architects take on the Frieze Art Fair commission which had been held by David Adjaye Associates for the past three years. David Adjaye’s designs were widely critically acclaimed. An exhibition, David Adjaye – Making Public Buildings, is at Whitechapel Gallery from 24 January – 26 March 2006. It is supported by Frieze Art Fair.
Frieze Art Fair is the UK’s largest art fair and one of the leading contemporary art fairs in the world. 47,000 people visited Frieze Art Fair in 2005.
Frieze Art Fair 2006 takes place 12 – 15 October in Regent’s Park, London. Deutsche Bank continue to be the main sponsor of Frieze Art Fair in 2006
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