Benjamin Reynolds is the founder of Pa.LaC.E, a practice based between London and Basel. He convenes High Holdings (ADS12) at the Royal College of Art, a framework to examine the gradual estrangement of the world via colossal pools of information.
Benjamin Reynolds founded Pa.LaC.E, a practice that explores spatial and temporal breadths of history and geography to conceive of environments and phenomena that are often cartographic, virtual and built. Often their work addresses collaborative estrangement, and deprival as a productive strategy.
Reynolds received a diploma with honours from the Architectural Association, London and was an art fellow at the Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht.
Pa.LaC.E’s first major monograph—Paris Hermitage—was released in early 2017 with Cooperative Editions (New York), and their second major publication—Zenith Boil—is slated for release in 2022.
Reynolds currently convenes High Holdings (ADS12) at the Royal College of Art, London and led a diploma class for four years at the Architectural Association, London.
Recent work has explored the phenomena of pulverization as the reinvention of contemporary life-rhythms with projects such as Paris Hermitage, as well as the social and bodily effects of oxygen deprivation (hypoxia) in space with the recently built project Pastoral Complex.
Through the environment High Holdings, Pa.LaC.E is interested in responding to the gradual estrangement of the world around us by examining the therapeutic, spiritual and technical qualities of architecture. High Holdings operates by (re-)developing sensibilities within the vast amounts of information that our civilisation is giving birth to.
Current and research projects
Azumi and Iori (2022). It centers on the development of a family house around the burden of persistent rituals in the outskirts of Kyoto.
Zenith Boil (2022). Zenith Boil is an exploration of the architectural image when subjected to an atmosphere, offering an alternate system
of ordering spaces beyond function or scale. Published as a monograph by Cooperative Editions, New York.
Pastoral Complex (2021). Pastoral Complex comprises a drawing room that simulates the conditions of a single contour line along the sub-alpine peak Le Culan in Switzerland, where only 14.3% of oxygen is available. The project learns from the short-lived movement in the 19th century of “compressed air-bathing”, echoing the days when urbanites sought “healthful” alpine environments, particularly those around Lake Geneva. It expands the pre-existing cultural imagination of the Vaud Riviera concerning “medical climatology”, or the notion of health tourism. With a contribution by poet Daisy Lafarge.
Dom Gross (2018-21). The publication entails five essays by Pa.LaC.E: Success, Gearing, Juvenilia, Levitation and No Ghost with a foreword by Vera Buehlmann.
Crevasses (2017). The project works on the commission to find the center of gravity of a library consistent of some 12,000 titles. Paris Hermitage (2016). Paris Hermitage is
a space that explores the phenomena of pulverization and suggests a reinvention of our contemporary life-rhythms. The building is published as a monograph by Cooperative Editions, New York.
Reynolds won the 50th annual Shinkenchiku/ Central Glass Award in Tokyo, among other international prizes. His work has been previously shown at the ICA (UK), Van Abbemuseum (NL), the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB), the Boston Centre for the Arts (US), Basis voor Actuele Kunst – BAK (The Netherlands) and the Architecture Foundation in London.
External collaborations and activities
Reynolds has been an artist-in-residence at La Becque in Switzerland, the OMI International Center for The Arts in New York and the Andreas Züst Library in Switzerland, and has developed projects in the context of institutions such as the Koneen Säätiö Foundation in Finland.
His work has been published widely including Volume (Amsterdam), EP (Sternberg Press), Ecocore (London), ED (Los Angeles) and Spéciale’Z (Paris). His work lives in many esteemed private collections and the Permanent Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has lectured at Columbia University in New York, ETH Zürich D-ARCH, UdK Berlin and the Architectural Association in London.