“Hans Hollein unpacked: The Haas-Haus” at Architekturzentrum Wien

Even before and during its construction the Haas-Haus directly opposite St. Stephen’s Cathedral caused many a controversy. On the occasion of Hans Hollein’s (1934-2014) 85th birthday we open up his archives and offer insight into the conception of what is probably his most famous Viennese building.


Hans Hollein, Haas-Haus, Vienna, AT, 1985–1990, Site fence © Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, photograph: Friedrich Achleitner


Initially commissioned as a conversion study, a new building, completed in 1990, proved more cost-effective. In the fourth episode of the Architekturzentrum Wien SammlungsLab series, a diversity of models and drawings show the genesis of the project considering urban analysis, extensive studies for the façade and atrium as well as the lettering and the colour of the site fencing. (more…)

“Food Shaping Kyoto” at Vitra Campus

During this year’s Art Basel, the Vitra Design Museum presents the exhibition »Food Shaping Kyoto« in collaboration with Basel-based architects Shadi Rahbaran & Manuel Herz and the KYOTO Design Lab. Running from 7 to 17 June 2019, the show visualizes the results of research and workshops conducted since 2015 in Kyoto, one of the most vibrant centres of food culture worldwide.


Installation view © Manuel Herz/Rahbaran Hürzeler, 2019, photo: Tomomi Takano


Its distinctive environment and history illustrate how food has shaped the city’s culture and design, its physical fabric and architecture. »Food Shaping Kyoto« sheds light on the territorial dimensions of cities and the networks of material flow into which they are tied, questioning classical notions of a rural/urban divide: How does a city feed itself? How is food produced and distributed within in a city? And how are cities shaped by these dynamics? The exhibition includes video projections as well as installations specifically designed and built for the presentation in the unique space of the Buckminster Fuller Dome. (more…)

Serpentine Pavilion 2019 designed by Junya Ishigami

The Japanese architect Junya Ishigami, celebrated for his experimental structures that interpret traditional architectural conventions and reflect natural phenomena, has been selected to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2019.


Serpentine Pavilion 2019 Designed by Junya Ishigami, Serpentine Gallery, London (21 June – 6 October 2019), © Junya Ishigami + Associates, Photography © 2019 Norbert Tukaj


Ishigami’s design takes inspiration from roofs, the most common architectural feature used around the world. The design of the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion is made by arranging slates to create a single canopy roof that appears to emerge from the ground of the surrounding park. Within, the interior of the Pavilion is an enclosed cave-like space, a refuge for contemplation. For Ishigami, the Pavilion articulates his ‘free space’ philosophy in which he seeks harmony between man-made structures and those that already exist in nature. (more…)

“Tra la laguna e il mare” at IUAV Venice

The exhibition presents the projects participating in the two design competitions for the New Palazzo del Cinema at Lido di Venezia, the first of 1990 and the second of 2005, through the exhibition of the models currently deposited in Archivio Progetti.


Guido Canella


The exhibition continues the reflections that emerged at the conference entitled “The architecture competitions in Venice” held in the Aula Magna at the Tolentini headquarters on April 30, 2019, through the exhibition of the models of the projects participating in the International Design Competition for the New Palace of Cinema at the Lido of Venice in 1990 and of the second competition for the New Palace of the Cinema and the neighboring areas of 2005. (more…)

“TWENTYTHIRTYFIVE” Virgil Abloh at Vitra Campus

Vitra is presenting the installation TWENTYTHIRTYFIVE in collaboration with Virgil Abloh at the Fire Station on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein from 12 June to 31 July 2019. The American architect, artist and designer is also launching two products by Jean Prouvé and a new product as limited edition exhibition spin-offs.


Virgil Abloh, Vitra © Vitra


Vitra’s latest collaboration is part of a long sequence of experimental projects with designers, architects and artists that have led to discussions that go far beyond the production of chairs and home accessories – resulting in exhibitions, installations and special Vitra editions that reach an audience interested in both social and design issues. (more…)

“ECO-VISIONARIES. Art for a planet in a state of emergency” at Matadero Madrid

Forty visionary artists and architects respond to the urgency of the environmental crisis threatening our planet and are occupying Nave 16 of Matadero Madrid to take part in the international Eco-visionarios project, an exhibition-cum-manifesto that condemns the situation but first and foremost presents proposals.


Las plantas también miran a las estrellas. Diálogos interespecie para un jardín biónico © María Castellanos y Alberto Valverde


At a time when climate change is becoming ever more obvious and the voices calling for radical action are increasing in number and growing louder, eco-visionaries put forward critical and creative visions for storytelling, initiating discussions and devising strategies for surviving in the world to come, which they present in a range of contemporary art practices, among them installations, audiovisual works and projects in other media. From the extinction of species to deforestation, from pollution of the seas to the toxicity of the air we breathe, from the foreseeable climate refugees to the need to imagine new food systems, the exhibition addresses the most important crisis that humankind faces. (more…)

“The Bones of Architecture” at Garagem Sul

Beyond all of the many components that form a building’s appearance, the physical preconditions remain most important – that of holding the building together and keeping it standing: as animals have bones, every building has a structure.


Bruther, Centro Cultural e Desportivo, Paris, França, 2014


Buildings have non-diminishable inner laws whereby the interconnection of its materials and components provide strength and consequently, these laws impose shapes, patterns, orders and constraints. Within architecture, there is a long tradition of thought that the load bearing structure is a biomorphic metaphor, with construction being the anatomy of architecture. Science, new materials and new technologies have been providing extra freedom in the design of buildings. The exhibition ‘The Bones of Architecture’ will examine the cultivation of structures in the service of architecture as developed by diversely different designers who are all active in building practice. These designers – altogether seven European architects and engineers – will show their works and approaches, reflecting upon rules, strategies and methods in the design of structures. (more…)

“Heike Hanada. Metamorphosen” at Architektur Galerie Berlin

The exhibition focuses on the continuously shifting perspectives in the work of Heike Hanada, between artistic intervention on the one hand, and architectural reality on the other, such as the Bauhaus Museum she recently designed in Weimar.


Heike Hanada, Bauhaus Museum Weimar Metamorphosen © Andrews Alberts


Archetypal monumentality and spatial dissolution confront one another in different perspectives, sometimes contradictory, sometimes divergent. Various media engage in a dialogue, in which the built and the unbuilt converge in a kind of metamorphosis. For example, photographic snapshots are presented in which austere architectural motifs dissolve into the surreal or picturesque. The resulting narrative moments reflect Hanada’s artistic investigations, which concentrate on the “improper qualities” of emptiness, material, and space. (more…)

“Borel, Barani, Ibos & Vitart. A landscape of excellence” at Citè de l’Architecture

An exhibition dedicated to three figures of contemporary architecture: Frédéric Borel, Marc Barani, and the duo Jean Marc Ibos and Myrto Vitart, each distinguished by the “National Grand Prix of Architecture.”


“Borel, Barani, Ibos & Vitart. A landscape of excellence” at Citè de l’Architecture


This exhibition presents the work of three figures of French architecture, each with its own work and distinct background. Three figures who have been awarded the National Grand Prix of Architecture: Frédéric Borel revealed by housing projects animating complex plots in Paris; Marc Barani who made his weapons on the edge of the Mediterranean in the wake of Le Corbusier; Ibos and Vitart distinguished by their subtle dialogue with heritage when, for example, the extension of the Museum of Fine Arts in Lille. (more…)

“Knock nothing down” Will Alsop at Royal Academy of Arts

To demolish or not to demolish? This free display is an opportunity to explore a selection of past and upcoming projects by late architect Will Alsop RA and his practice, aLL Design, which reimagine new cities above existing ones.


Will Alsop RA / aLL Design, Sketch of the OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design), Ontario © Will Alsop RA / aLL Design


According to late architect Will Alsop RA, every building contains references, memories and meaning for many people and as such should be loved, reworked and kept. Demolishing wasn’t an option for him, unless a building was physically dangerous. (more…)