“O. M. Ungers: Programmatic projects” at the Architecture Museum of the TU Berlin

Around 1965 Oswald Mathias Ungers designs (1926-2007) a number of competitive projects with strong programmatic character: the dormitory Enschede 1964, the German Embassy to the Holy See Rome in 1965 and the Berlin Museum in 1965 the Prussian Cultural Heritage.

 

Museum Berlin Prussian Cultural Heritage (isometric), 1965 © UAA Ungers Archive for Architecture Science

Museum Berlin Prussian Cultural Heritage (isometric), 1965 © UAA Ungers Archive for Architecture Science

 

There are projects that examine in a precise and deliberate fashion the conceptual essence of architectural form, the essence of the form as an illustration of an idea. morphological basic concepts are paradigmatic it worked out and developed, issues such as transformation or assemblage. Contrary to the principles of reductive functionalism of this year, they emphasize with their reference to place and history and with their rational poetry the autonomy of the architecture and the importance of form. so they are announcing some key issues of the architectural debate of the following years: issues that characterize, for example, the key texts by Robert Venturi and Aldo Rossi from the year 1966. (more…)

‘O.M. Ungers. Programmatic Projects’ drawings at Politecnico di Milano

The exhibition shows, featuring original drawings from the UAA (Ungers Archiv für Architekturwissenschaft) of Cologne three key projects of this important moment of the design production of O.M. Ungers, of his morphological research to use form as the representation of an idea.

 

Deutsche Botschaft beim Heiligen Stuhl, Rom, 1965 © O.M. Ungers / Politecnico di Milano / UAA Köln

Deutsche Botschaft, beim Heiligen Stuhl, Rom, 1965 © O.M. Ungers / Politecnico di Milano / UAA Köln

 

Around 1965 Oswald Mathias Ungers (1926-2007) presented a series of competition projects with a strong programmatic character. These projects studied, in a conscious and precise way, the conceptual nature of architectural form – the form as representation of an idea – developing in a paradigmatic way basic morphological concepts, themes as transformation or assemblage.  (more…)

“O. M. Ungers: First Houses” at the Architecture Museum of the TU Berlin

The focus of the exhibition are three early homes of the architect, which play a key role in the initial phase of his work. The exhibition shows, through the original drawings from the UAA (Ungers Archiv für Architekturwissenschaft) in Cologne, the early production of Oswald Mathias Ungers (1926-2007).

 

Belvedere Strasse House © UAA

Belvedere Strasse House © UAA

 

These houses, from 1957-1962, show the development of a personal research which is clearly different to the positions attributed to the modern modern movement after the second world war. Architecture is understood as an autonomous art that, starting from a general concept, applying its own rules and defining specific terms, is able to formulate a complete interpretation of program and place.  Architectural form, as a dialectical whole made up of spatial composition and volumetric articulation, is located at the heart of design. (more…)

O. M. Ungers: Prime Case (First Houses) at Politecnico di Milano

The exhibition shows, through the original drawings from the UAA (Ungers Archiv für Architekturwissenschaft) in Cologne, three key works of the early production of Oswald Mathias Ungers (1926-2007).

 

BelvedereStrasse House © UAA

BelvedereStrasse House © UAA

 

These houses, from 1957-1962, show the development of a personal research which is clearly different to the positions attributed to the modern modern movement after the second world war. Architecture is understood as an autonomous art that, starting from a general concept, applying its own rules and defining specific terms, is able to formulate a complete interpretation of program and place.  Architectural form, as a dialectical whole made up of spatial composition and volumetric articulation, is located at the heart of design. (more…)