Daft Punk recently released this slick and stylish photo shoot set in a famous LA modernist house, though we here at Architizer think there's more here than meets the eye.
The French DJ duo—who recently got a full spread in Vogue—snapped these images of themselves at the Sheats Goldstein Residence back in may. The iconic structure was designed by American modernist architect John Lautner in the early 1960s. It's a perfect fit for the group's aesthetic: a little disco, a little futuristic, and certainly super cool. But does the Daft Punk connection to the architecture go deeper than that?
Daft Punk at the Sheats Goldstein Residence. Photo: Mathieu César via crfashionbook.com
For this recent album the group went back in time, recording their samples in a '70s style then mixing it with modern technology to recapture and recreate the sound of electronic music. In the words of collaborator Pharrell Williams, they're recording the disco from alternative "universe and dimension." Conversely, Lautner was trying to anticipate the architecture of the future using the basic steel, concrete, and glass materials available to him. Both artists looked at the question of past, present, and future through the lens of materials and technique. And for both artists, the result is the same: art that's undeniably of its time but still has a futuristic edge.
Daft Punkitecture from the 50s, 60s, and 70s
The post-war era of was a groovy and experimental time in architecture. It was the height of space exploration and the beginning of the environmental movement. Humanity seemed to be advancing faster than ever before and architects were excited to speculate about the future of their technological civilization. If we were going to be living on the moon or in a space station, they thought, then surely architecture needed to catch up (if not radically change) how we lived here on terra firma? Here are a few projects from that adventurous era that capture that Daft Punk retro feel.
Designed by Verner Panton
Visionia II exhibition, 1970
Photo: via douglascain.blogspot.com
TWA Flight Center
Designed by Eero Saarinen
New York City, New York, 1956 - 1962
Photo: Ezra Stoller via wbur.org
Galileo Galilei Planetarium
Designed by Enrique Jan
Buenos Aires Argentina, 1962 - 1966
Photo: via caminosculturales.com.ar
(bonus: see this project with headphones!)
Designed by Suuronen
Finland, late 1960s - early 1970s
Photo: via artelesnetwork.wordpress.com
Bonus Niemeyer project: Museum of Contemporary Art in Niteroi
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1991 - 1996
Photo: via wikiarquitectura.com
Contemporary Daft Punkitecture Architecture
As much as we love imagining the robots strolling through Verner Panton's Phantasy Landscape with Random Access Memories playing in the background, Daft Punk also scored the sequel to Tron (the best/longest music video ever?) and certainly have a digital look to their stage sets in concerts. We can only speculate what the "architecture of the future" will look like, but some designers seem to think it will look digital. Perhaps the robots would be better at home in some of these recent futuristic projects, replete with bright lights, clean surfaces, and a lightcycle parked outside?
What do you think? Would the robots be more at home in a flying saucer-shaped Futuro House or The Crystal relocated somewhere on Flynn's Grid? We're sure we missed some projects out there that would fit in to either category, so let us know below!