by Snell in Architecture on Monday 11 August 2008

Formed in New York and now based in Rotterdam and Berlin, SMAQ is a collaborative studio for architecture and urbanism by architects Sabine Müller and Andreas Quednau. Here they have created an interesting installation called Bad (bath) in the Solitude Palace Gardens in Stuttgart with the premise of creating a usable sculpture which entwines a 1000 metre long garden hose throughout a timber structure. At one end, the hose is filled by a hydrant with enough water for a bath, and is then pushed through the length of the hose, entering a high surface area shape where it is heated by the sun. It is then entered back into the structure for a warm bath and then further along to be spread through the gardens as irrigation. It’s a fascinating demonstration of inventive sculpture that both tells a story and performs a function.