“Sleeping Beauty. Reinventing Frei Otto’s Multihalle” exhibition in Venice

“Sleeping Beauty” follows on from the successful exhibition “Frei Otto—Thinking by Modeling,” which was hosted by the ZKM in Karlsruhe from November 2016 to March 2017. The show in Venice focuses on the Multihalle and will be the first exhibition in the world dedicated to this fascinating building. Cooperation partner is the City of Mannheim.

 

The Multihalle In Mannheim, Frei Otto © Frei Otto, saai

The Multihalle In Mannheim, Frei Otto © Frei Otto, saai

 

saai | Archive for Architecture and Engineering and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) presents an exhibition on the Multihalle Mannheim on the occasion of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. The project’s initiators and curators are the Berlin-based urbanist and curator Sally Below and Georg Vrachliotis, professor of architectural theory and director of saai, who also curated the previous Frei Otto exhibition. Both are long-standing advisors to the City of Mannheim on the development of the Multihalle preservation strategy. The exhibition architect is Marc Frohn, who is also a professor at KIT, and his architecture firm FAR frohn&rojas. (more…)

“Frei Otto. Thinking in Models” the biggest exhibition ever on the German master

The exhibition held at ZKM presents projects that are both known and completely unknown with material that encompasses over 200 models, approximately 1,000 photos, drawings, sketches, plans and films as well as a large-scale media projection.

 

Modell einer regelmäßigen Hoch- Tiefpunktfläche, Frei Otto, Larry Medlin, 1964 © saai | Südwestdeutsches Archiv für Architektur und Ingenieurbau, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Werkarchiv Frei Otto photo: Bernd Seeland

Modell einer regelmäßigen Hoch- Tiefpunktfläche, Frei Otto, Larry Medlin, 1964 © saai | Südwestdeutsches Archiv für Architektur und Ingenieurbau, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Werkarchiv Frei Otto photo: Bernd Seeland

 

Frei Otto (1925-2015) is one of the best known and most innovative international German architects of the 20th century and is a key figure in the architectural culture of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. In 2015 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Architecture for his work, also known as the Pritzker Prize, and is the highest honor for architecture in the world. The biggest exhibition on the oeuvre of Frei Otto is a shared project between the Archive of South West Germany for Architecture and Engineering (saai) of the KIT and the Wüstenrot Foundation in cooperation with ZKM | Karlsruhe. (more…)

Arches, shells, domes, roofs and their engineers at “The Fifth View” exhibition

The exhibition at the Oskar von Miller Forum is devoted to masterly roof structures from antiquity to the present and documents innovativeness and technical excellence delivered by architects and engineers.

 

Frei Otto's Olympia Stadion Munich model

Frei Otto’s Olympia Stadion Munich model

 

Roofs offer the fifth view of a building and give character to our cities. The “The Fifth View”  exhibition explains the design of more than 30 impressive roof projects and portrays the changes seen over the centuries based on numerous models, drawings and photographs. (more…)