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Tom Kovac
  • Architect (1958)

Tom Kovac is an architect focused on cutting edge technological experimentation. He advocates “a sensory experience of space, materials and light,” through a “new phenomenological utilization of digital tools.” Involved in research on into new methods of production, materials and modeling systems for architecture, he designs buildings that are permeable to their environment. His various projects (Atlas House, 1996; Glow Bar, 1998; project for the World Trade Center, 2002; Fab House, 2008) all show the same sensitivity for fluid, translucent forms, which is combined with research on light and space, influenced, according to him, by the sculpture of Richard Serra and Barbara Hepworth or by Frederick Kiesler’s projects. Kovac’s architecture, conditioned by its context, is a homogeneous entity in which the form is functionally, formally and conceptually worked and reworked through a series of complex events, in order to bring about a fresh experience of space. In this way, Kovac aims in his approach to create a “new materiality formed by processes that transgress the inert state of architecture.”

Slovenian in origin, Tom Kovac (1958) settled in 1970 in Melbourne, Australia. He studied at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) where he obtained a Master’s of architecture in 1997, and where he taught for several years. He founded the firm Kovac Architecture in 1990 in Melbourne, followed in 1994 by the Curve Architecture Gallery. In 2001, his first solo exhibition was held at the FRAC Centre in France, after his work had been shown in Aedes Gallery in Berlin and the NAI in Rotterdam. In 2003, he was presented at the Centre Pompidou in the Non Standard Architectures exhibition, and that same year participated in 9th Venice Biennale of Architecture.