The exhibition is a response to the problematic situation in Spain that arose during the economic crisis after the real estate boom. The situation made many architecture practices reflect and respond with serenity and sensibility to the excesses that had occurred. UNIFINISHED displays a ‘combative architecture’, based on concepts such as resignation, adaptability and re-appropriation, offering a new vision on how Spanish architects have reflected on and related to new strategies.
February 10 – March 8, 2018
Within the exhibition, on February 10th Spanish and German architects will discuss the restrictive framework that affects architecture, with a focus from the point of view of the next generation, and how it is still possible to carry out excellent design in the face of turbulence and change.
Architecture, in particular, has been heavily affected by the financial crisis in Spain. Many publically and privately funded buildings were under construction, and yet just as many remained unfinished. After 2009 no decision had been made as to whether they were needed or not. For five weeks from 9 February, the Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz, will be host to the exhibition first shown in 2016 at the Spanish Pavilion of the Architecture Biennale in Venice, and which was awarded the Golden Lion. Contemporary architecture which has cast off the excesses of the pre-crisis era is presented, and the observer is invited to perceive it as something unfinished, which is constantly developing. Speakers contributing at the opening include Jeanine Meerapfel, President of the Akademie der Künste, Embajadora Dña, María Victoria Morera Villuendas, Ambassador for Spain in Berlin, Wilfried Wang, Deputy Director of the Architecture Section of the Akademie, Francisco Mangado, Architect, and Carlos Quintáns, Curator of the exhibition.
A half-day symposium with Spanish and German architects will directly follow the exhibition opening on 10 February. General conditions of working practice will be the focus, in particular from the perspective of the younger generation. Namely, how it is still possible to accomplish excellent design in the face of crisis and change. Representing the Spanish viewpoint are the architecture offices Bosch. Capdeferro from Girona, TeD’A Arquitectes from Palma de Mallorca and Juan Domingo Santos/Carmen Moreno from Granada. Jan Schombara, Johanna Meyer-Grohbrügge and Sohrab Zafari are the delegates from Berlin.
Wilfried Wang will moderate the symposium; the event will be presented in English.
SPANISH PAVILION “UNFINISHED”
The exhibition consists of nearly 67 proposals and 7 photographic series presenting answers to the problems arising in Spain after the housing boom post crisis. The inherited situation has led to many architectural studies to reflect on the passage of time in architecture and to respond from the serenity and wisdom against the excesses of the past.
The proposal of the Spanish pavilion shows the architects’ response to the economic and construction crisis over the past years in Spain through virtues that can become strategies or creative speculations which are capable to subvert the past condition into a positive contemporary action.
Concepts such as reassignment, adaptability or reappropriation, among others, appear in in the projects selected by the Spanish Pavilion for the exhibition, offering a new vision of how the Spanish architects have reflected and reacted with new strategies.
The exhibition is divided into four areas which deal about the pavilion’s theme:
7 photographic series
55 selected works
12 selected entries from the open competition
11 interviews will fill with graphic and intellectual content the Spanish pavilion
Each area, just as each project, generates synergies among each other while the whole exhibition revolves around the central space which is capable to be transformed in order to accommodate different activities from colloquiums to presentations or projections.
The exhibition has won the Golden Lion for the Best National Participation at the 15 Mostra Internazionale di Architettura – La Biennale di Venezia. The prize was presented by the Prime Minister of Italy Mr. Matteo Renzi, accompanied by the President of La Biennale di Venezia, Mr. Paolo Baratta.
The Spanish pavilion has it’s web version at unfinished.es, where all the contents (both in Spanish and English) are available.