“SOS Brutalism Save the Concrete Monsters!” at Architekturzentrum Wien

Love it or hate it, the rediscovered Brutalist architecture leaves nobody cold. The exhibition presents international and outstanding Austrian examples highlighting the projects’ architectural and social relevance.

 

 IACP (Carlo Celli / Luciano Celli): Rozzol Melara, Trieste, Italy, 1969–1982 Photo: Paolo Mazzo 2010

IACP (Carlo Celli / Luciano Celli): Rozzol Melara, Trieste, Italy, 1969–1982 Photo: Paolo Mazzo 2010

 

For several decades Brutalist buildings were vilified as architectural eyesores, and torn down or left to decay. Does the current hype herald a reversal in this trend? The global online initiative SOS Brutalism – which has already compiled over 1000 buildings in a database (www.SOSBrutalism.org) – inspired a major exhibition project at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt. The exhibition to have emerged from the global online platform offers, for the first time, a world-wide survey of Brutalist buildings completed on every continent between 1853 and 1979. What societal developments, which architectural and political ideas provide the context for this international phenomenon? However the exhibition also pursues the question of whether Brutalism can even be defined, or how, and addresses possible strategies for renovation in line with accepted conservation practice.

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“Stadt des Kindes: On A Failed Utopia” at Architekturzentrum Wien

Even architecture had its 1968. At its opening in 1974, the Stadt des Kindes by Anton Schweighofer was among the most prominent examples of an architecture aimed at promoting social reform, adopting a pioneering role worldwide. The exhibition at the Architekturzentrum Wien tells of the revolutionary aspirations and the failure of this built utopia.

 

Anton Schweighofer, Stadt des Kindes, Design of outdoor area, Wilfried Kirchner, Vienna 14, 1969-1974  Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection

Anton Schweighofer, Stadt des Kindes, Design of outdoor area, Wilfried Kirchner, Vienna 14, 1969-1974 Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection

 

In the second Az W SammlungsLab, impressive pieces from the Collection from the Stadt des Kindes are combined with documentary footage capturing memories of criticism of the institution from former residents. Fifty years ago the Stadt des Kindes became a model project for politicians. As a new model for the “shelter” of vulnerable children and youths, the project remained an exception, albeit one which has gone down in international architecture history as an exemplary building. (more…)

“The Terrassenhaus. A Viennese Fetish?” at Architekturzentrum Wien

The Terrassenhaus is more topical than ever. The new SammlungsLab exhibition format provides an opportunity to examine the concept in the context of contemporary building practise. Since the design of the Terrassenhaus by Adolf Loos in 1923, this type of development has been regarded as an innovative type of urban housing in Vienna.

 

Harry Glück & Partner, Kurt Hlaweniczka, Franz Requat und Thomas Reinthaller, Housing complex Alterlaa, 1973-1985, 1230 Vienna, Anton-Baumgartner-Straße 44 © Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, Margherita Spiluttini

Harry Glück & Partner, Kurt Hlaweniczka, Franz Requat und Thomas Reinthaller, Housing complex Alterlaa, 1973-1985, 1230 Vienna, Anton-Baumgartner-Straße 44 © Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, Margherita Spiluttini

 

The first SammlungsLab pursues the phases of development and significance of the Terrassenhaus from that day to this. The Terrassenhaus promises to fulfil user-demand for a closeness to nature in combination with urban density. It also opens up formal possibilities for architects to reinterpret the closed housing block. (more…)

“Care + Repair” a public workspace by Architekturzentrum Wien within Vienna Biennale 2017

How can we repair the future? And how can architecture and urbanism contribute to it? Care and repair are concrete activities; they are effective at specific locations. Architekturzentrum Wien is going beyond the in-house Museums Quartier exhibition spaces for the Care + Repair project, establishing a public workspace on the former railway territory of the Nord-bahnhof grounds, one of the largest inner-city development zones in Vienna.

 

Rotor, Spoor Oost Project, Antwerp/BE, 2014-2015 © Andrea Ferreri

Rotor, Spoor Oost Project, Antwerp/BE, 2014-2015 © Andrea Ferreri

 

The Care + Repair project initiates a trial run on the Nordbahnhof, as an exemplary slice of urban space, with its old and new neighbours and impressive overgrown grounds. The official urban planning concept foresees to keep the large-scale overgrown area with the old water tower and the coexistence of lizards, toads, birds, and recreational users open for the public. The curators Angelika Fitz and Elke Krasny have invited six international architectural teams (a-works – Cristian Stefanescu/Bergen, Gabu Heindl/Vienna, Zissis Kotionis+Phoebe Giannisi/Volos, Rotor/Brussels, Meike Schalk/Stockholm and Rosario Talevi/Berlin) to develop proposals for Care + Repair prototypes. (more…)

“Assemble: How we build” exhibiton and installations at Architekturzentrum Wien

The exhibition features ten of their realised “prototypes” as large scale installations conveying a three-dimensional tactile experience. Videos, sketches and drawings, and other documentation show the interactive communal processes characteristic of these British architects’ work.

 

Goldsmiths Art Gallery, 2014 © Assemble

Goldsmiths Art Gallery, 2014 © Assemble

 

The Architekturzentrum Wien presents a worldwide premiere with the first overview of the work of Assemble. Eleven selected projects demonstrate the breadth of their work — from realised architecture projects, via furniture designs, to urban interventions. They depart from the classical paths of mediation for architecture and undertake an artistic re-reading of each project.

In addition, a concrete relationship is established in the exhibition between Assemble’s approach and architecture production in Vienna. During preparations for the exhibition a cooperation with Vienna University of Technology has established a visiting professor’s post — the results of these processes flow into the exhibition in spring 2017. What can Vienna learn from Assemble? The exhibition clearly shows new directions that the work of Assemble opens for the future of architecture. (more…)

“In the End: Architecture. Journeys through Time 1959 – 2019” at Architekturzentrum Wien

The exhibition ‘In The End: Architecture’ journeys back into the future, which begins at the end of the 1950s. Since then this “End” of architecture declared in the title has been repeatedly proclaimed, whereby each crisis has, so far, meant a new beginning.

 

Kisho Kurokawa, Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokio (JP), 1972 08.jpg, 0.9 MB © Tomio Ohashi

Kisho Kurokawa, Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokio (JP), 1972 © Tomio Ohashi

 

To mark the retirement of founding director Dietmar Steiner, the Architekturzentrum Wien is taking a look at sixty years of international architecture history while making current, inspiring movements for change palpable. (more…)

“Back Home: the architecture of Raimund Abraham” retrospective

Architekturzentrum Wien takes the Austrian architect’s works back to Lienz in a retrospective exhibition featuring original drawings, plans and photographs of Abraham’s work, as well as a video documentary by Jonas Mekas.

 

Raimund Abraham, Draft for the Facade, Hypo Lienz 02.jpg, 2.3 MB © Architekturzentrum Wien, Sammlung, Foto: Christoph Freyer

Raimund Abraham, Draft for the Facade, Hypo Lienz © Architekturzentrum Wien, Sammlung, Foto: Christoph Freyer

 

Architekturzentrum Wien in Vienna presents an exhibition on Austrian architect Raimund Abraham, which will be displayed at Schloss Bruck museum in Lienz, the architect’s hometown.  The exhibition named “Back Home” is the result of a comprehensive work of research and collaboration with artists in order to give Abraham’s work a new meaning and perspective. The architect’s drawings will be displayed alongside the works of Markus Oberndorfer, photographer, and Jonas Mekas, filmmaker. (more…)