September 15, 2017
‘Homemaking is the greatest art.’
— George Maciunas, founder of Fluxus
Collecting modern and contemporary architecture is increasingly becoming trendy among art collectors. Patrick McKillen collected architectures by Tadao Ando and Frank Gehry in Château La Coste, André Balazs collected the prefabricated Maison Tropicale by Jean Prouvé, Iwan Wirth collected the 2014 Serpentine pavilion by Smiljan Radic.
Those at the forefront leading this trend include emerging collector from China Lu Xun, who founded Sifang Art Museum in Nanjing, China, and took a bold approach of commissioning more than twenty world-renowned architects to build a collective of architecture experiments initially called “Contemporary International Practical Exhibition of Architecture”, now “The Sifang Parkland”.
Photo of Lu Xun
According to BBC’s report, architectures in this over $160 million development project include “avant-garde holiday villas that have been designed to push the limits of architecture”. For Lu Xun, however, the limit of architecture is far beyond the one-of-a-kind, expensive and exclusive architectural products. Trained as a material scientist and engineer in Cambridge University, Xun’s vision and ambition are not only architecture commission, but also the “making” of architectural system, which aims to achieve a much broader application to more inclusive and affordable development approaches and deliverables.
Master Plan of Sifang Parkland
According to Lu Xun, the future of architecture will be a fully integrated system taking advantage of the new advancements in highly engineered materials. The prefabricated building system developed by Fluxus LLC is one of the pioneering technologies pursuing this direction. Prefabrication acts as an effective way of reducing cost, risk and waste, while improving design, quality and value within the architecture, engineering and construction industry.
Lu Xun is very confident in his positive leadership role in Fluxus LLC, “I look forward to assisting the company on strategic level to make sure the company is in the direction that I think is in position to succeed.”
“I’ve always been impressed by Xun’s architecture initiative and his continued passion about curating and producing original exhibitions to promote emerging young talents”, says Fanyu Lin, CEO of Fluxus LLC, “it is truly our honor to welcome such a visionary and capable young leader with deep expertise in art, architecture and real estate development to our Advisory Board, to help guide the company continue building its significant momentum.”
Lu Xun will be instrumental in the launching of two business segments for the company, one is “FluxHouse Limited Edition”, a collection of limited edition architectures based on the original design of 1,900 square foot FluxHouse (1965-2017) that demonstrates a contemporary lifestyle, and the other is “Fluxus Real Estate Development”, which is a unique development approach that merges art, architecture and cutting edge technology, to provide scalable and sustainable ways of building.
About Lu Xun
Lu Xun is the cofounder and director of the Sifang Art Museum and its surrounding architectural park in Nanjing, China. He is a contemporary art collector and sits on the board of the acquisition committee of Tate Modern, London. Since 2003, he has commissioned more than twenty award-winning architects and artists to promote contemporary art and architecture in China. His collaborators include Steven Holl, Irata Isozaki, Ettore Sottsass, David Adjaye, Mathiaz Klotz, Ai Weiwei, as well as Pritzker prize winners Ryue Nishizawa, Kazuyo Sejima, and Wang Shu. He received master degrees from Cambridge University and the London School of Economics.
About Fluxus LLC
Fluxus LLC was founded in 2013 to develop the Fluxus System, a prefabricated building technology platform that provides an efficient way to build both affordable quality homes and create sustainable communities across the economic spectrum.
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