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Ando vs Conforti at the Clark
July 10, 2008, 6:31 pm
Filed under: Architecture, North America

More on Stone Hill Center, the new Ando building in Williamstown, Mass. It seems there was some conflict between the architect and the perfectionist museum director—-but this is always the case, isn’t it. Can’t wait to hear how Conforti and Workac get along!

From Lee Rosenbaum / CultureGrrl:

Ando’s preference, I’ve been told, had been to use his customary smooth-as-silk concrete, but he bowed to Conforti’s desire for concrete molded to echo the building’s wood cladding. . . .

The most striking expression of the director’s perfectionist obsessions occurred when fellow blogger Ed Lifson and I caught him in the act of micromanaging the plants.

Michael [Conforti, the director] had decided that these manzanites needed to be moved a smidge farther from the wall and, as you can see, he’s a hands-on guy. When I told a Clark worker (who gave me the name of the plants) about this occurence the next day, she exclaimed, “Those plants are HEAVY!”

Go to CultureGrrl for photos of Conforti moving the plant himself: Clash of Perfectionists: Ando and Conforti at the Clark.

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