Against the spectacular background of Tower Bridge and the Shard, Professor Eun Young Yi shared his controversial architectural perspective on the London skyline at GEZE UK’s exclusive evening reception.
More than 150 architects gathered on the deck of HMS Admiral Landside, enjoying drinks, canapés and an inspirational view, before listening to Professor Yi’s theory about a simple, more spiritual approach to new architecture. “If we look at the phenomenon of the architecture today, we can find a growing degree of disorientation,” explained Yi. “What we have to create is architecture which stays true to its essence and its implicitness. We can only make our world beautiful and admirable with such aesthetics.”
With the Architects Journal’s Paul Finch as master of ceremonies, the evening began with introductions by GEZE UK’s managing director Kaz Spiewakowski and GEZE’s worldwide managing director for sales, Michael Leuchte, before Professor Yi took to the stage for a 45 minute presentation of his work, including the famous Stuttgart City Library.
Outlining the cultural and historical significance of the Stuttgart station area, Yi explained his inspiration for the monolithic design. Unpeeling the building’s layers through a series of pictures, he was able to show its links to classical architecture, ranging from Pantheon to Forum. A large section model of the Library, shipped from Germany specifically for GEZE UK’s event was a big draw for architects and architectural students alike.
GEZE’s role in the development of Stuttgart City Library did not go unnoticed. One knowledgeable guest took the opportunity to ask Professor Yi how he felt about the quality of the door closers used throughout the building. Without hesitation, Yi replied: “I can’t lie. GEZE has the highest standards and products are of excellent quality. We only had one problem – and that was with one of GEZE’s competitor’s products. We changed the specification to GEZE!”
Reflecting on the event, Kaz Spiewakowski said: “Professor Yi is a fascinating and inspirational architect, who was delighted to share his vision and beliefs with architects in the UK. My team were also able to spend time with many existing customers and I hope, a few new ones, which will help us further improve our service and understanding of their needs in the future. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate 150 years of GEZE expertise than in the company of such aspirational and creative people.”