Following the budgeting of 62 million euros in March 2017 for the reconstruction of Schinkel’s Bauakademie in Berlin, German architects are in the need of re-formulating and reflecting over the historical original building and its meaning today.
How and how much will we keep the memory of Schinkel’s Bauakademie? How do we want this place to behave in its contemporary urban landscape? How, or do we, want to update the functional program of the building for the future? Is it possible to find a Schinkelian sense and expression of designing buildings today?
STEAL SCHINKEL by EAST – Laboratory of Elementary Architecture and Studies of Types
11 August – 2 September, 2017
Architektur Galerie Berlin
Karl-Marx-Allee 96, Berlin
Architektur Galerie Berlin presents the work of the EAST – Laboratory of Elementary Architecture and Studies of Types students in EPFL Lausanne. Coordinated by professors Anja and Martin Fröhlich, students have gathered together information, plans and photographs of the historical building in order to propose variations within the building’s design.
TEXT BY EXHIBITION CURATORS
Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s Bauakademie is one of the architect’s masterpieces and an important part of classical architecture of Berlin. With the planning of a new academy building as an architectural school and exhibition centre, we want to continue the tradition and take into account the chance for renewal and innovation.
Here it is important to find a synthesis of successive constructive systems, without falling into copy. The new project should be able to establish a relation between extreme functional purpose, historical quotation and poetical refinement. The new design of the building of the Bauakademie has to complement the adjacent urban renewal projects in Berlin Mitte. The following selection presents some of the final results of the STEAL SCHINKEL Fall Semester 2016.