“BEHF Architects. Viennese Field Blend” at Architektur Galerie Berlin

The exhibition addresses the question of the contemporary relationship between material and identity on the basis of ten projects by BEHF. Large-scale material samples represent the carefully selected material palette, chosen according to the best Viennese traditions, that gives each of BEHF’s projects its own distinct identity.

 

Vienna from Belvedere in 1758 in Austria

 

As in many European cities, Vienna faces the challenge of striking a careful balance between history and modernity. On the one hand, the historic city centre and its famous architectural ensembles and edifices is synonymous with home for the city’s inhabitants and draws more than fifteen million tourists from across the world every year. On the other hand, Vienna continues to grow in the same manner as many other cities worldwide, where local traditions barely play a role and are predominantly replaced by interchangeable architectural projects. (more…)

“Wiewiorra Hopp Schwark: Location and Illusion” at Architektur Galerie Berlin

The exhibition by Wiewiorra Hopp Schwark deals with their new extension for the tax office (Finanzamt) in Oranienburg, Germany, which is nearing completion. Although the construction task is a rather mundane one, the architects were faced with a special challenge.

 

WHSA, Finanznamt Oranienburg, 2018 ©  Allard van der Hoek

WHSA, Finanznamt Oranienburg, 2018 © Allard van der Hoek

 

The tax office is located in the former administrative building of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, meaning that the new building is directly docked onto a historically “contaminated” substance. Given this context, the architects developed a design concept that connects the site as a source of inspiration to the idea of an illusion as a concrete creative medium. (more…)

Architektur Galerie Berlin presents STEAL SCHINKEL, a students’ approach to Schinkel’s Bauakademie

Demolished in 1962, Schinkel’s Bauakademie in Berlin is now scheduled to be rebuilt on a budget of 62 million euros. Students from Studio EAST at EPFL Lausanne have undertaken a research and design programme to reflect on the possibilities of the building’s inminent reconstruction.

 

Students' models at 'STEAL SCHINKEL' © Architektur Galerie Berlin

Students’ models at ‘STEAL SCHINKEL’ © Architektur Galerie Berlin

 

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?

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“Form Follows Fiction” work by huggenbergerfries at Architektur Galerie Berlin

Taking this motto as the title of their exhibition, huggenbergerfries Architekten present three projects of very different scale to represent their creative approach: Limmat Tower (Dietikon, 2016), Heerbrugg cantonal school (2014), and the newly completed Solaris residential building (Zurich, 2017).

 

huggenbergerfries Architekten. Tramwartehalle Paradeplatz, Zürich, 2003 © Beat Bühler

huggenbergerfries Architekten. Tramwartehalle Paradeplatz, Zürich, 2003 © Beat Bühler

 

“We don’t build things that could be anywhere other than where they are,” say the Zurich-based architects about their work. This is explained by the approach they take in developing an architectural concept, which is based on research into the local context. The form, expression, and structure of each of their projects emerge from both the specifics of the location and the program, and are accordingly diverse. Context and architecture thereby merge unconditionally to follow a narrative that yields a multifaceted web of relationships reflecting the notion of “form follows fiction.”

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“Caruso St John. Constructions and References” at Architektur Galerie Berlin

The Architektur Galerie in Berlin hosts reference images, photographs and concept models curated by the British architects: the three element display has been specially arranged to show their latest works and their personal approach to contemporary architecture.

 

Caruso St. John. Constructions and References © Photo: Ulrich Muller

Caruso St. John. Constructions and References © Photo: Ulrich Muller

 

British architects Caruso St John -Adam Caruso and Peter St John- have prepared a very special installation exhibition at the Architektur Galerie in Berlin. The exhibition features three elements which attempt to draw a narrative on the architect’s approach to architecture: from emotion and attention to details, rather than from abstraction.

These three elements – a central model area, a curtain-like surface as imageboard, and a series of large colour photographs of their works- have been specially arranged by the architects themselves for the Galerie’s main exhibition space. (more…)

“Impressionism” Jacques Ferrier at Architektur Galerie Berlin

The exhibition at Architektur Galerie Berlin includes an optical installation recalling the façade of the Metropole Rouen-Normandie,
a homage of architect Jacques Ferrier to the work by Impressionist painter Claude Monet in Rouen.

 

Jacques Ferrier Architecture, Impressionism © Jacques Ferrier Architecture

Jacques Ferrier Architecture, Impressionism © Jacques Ferrier Architecture

 

Jacques Ferrier has developed a highly individual approach to architecture, rejecting the strictly formalist approach of the Modernists and instead embracing technology to improve relationship between people and their environment. Central to Ferrier’s work is the idea of the sensual city – a desire that all buildings should respond and contribute to the sensory experiences that make us human. In 2010 Jacques Ferrier and Pauline Marchetti founded Sensual City Studio, a research and creative laboratory dedicated to new proposals for a humanist and pleasurable metropolitan life. (more…)

Tchoban Voss Architekten “Images from Berlin” at Architektur Galerie

It’s a daring experiment that Tchoban Voss Architects undertake in their exhibition “Images from Berlin.” Instead of presenting their projects with the usual means, they have delegated this task to 11 visual artists.

 

Courtesy of Tchoban Voss Architekten

Courtesy of Tchoban Voss Architekten

 

Towering like an infinite mountain of stone, a building devoid of windows and doors is hand-drawn in the tradition of the old masters. Elsewhere, colored strips of tape address the same project, visualized as a sequence of stacked layers. In yet another image, this time presented in a more realistic style, the cityscape is framed by two men gazing out at the viewer with a grin. The aforementioned works stem from a confrontation by Gottfried Müller and Valery Koshlyakov with the Museum for Architectural Drawing. Meanwhile, the Living Levels are approached by the duo Vrubel & Timofeeva as an everyday urban environment.

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“A House, A Palace” Harvard GSD exhibition at Architektur Galerie Berlin

Dualisms: A House, A Palace is the title of a research and design studio taught in the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016, that marked the beginning of Harvard GSD’s new Superstudio program. The work displayed represents either the house or the palace of each of the student’s selected research projects.

 

Harvard-GSD Superstudio-2015-16, Caio Barboza and Sofia Blancos: Aéro, Rio de Janeiro © Harvard-GSD

Harvard-GSD Superstudio-2015-16, Caio Barboza and Sofia Blancos: Aéro, Rio de Janeiro © Harvard-GSD

 

When Le Corbusier published the book “Une Maison, Un Palais” – which is per se a methodological manifesto, deeply rooted in the academic tradition – he was addressing the belief that all the complexities of institutional buildings were contained in the most elemental shelter or hut. More interestingly, he suggested that architecture appears only when one is able to link the most simple pavilion or hut, with a palace. (more…)