SOLO House by Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen

The first house was completed three years ago by the Chilean duo Mauricio Pezo and Sofia Von Ellrichshausen, and the second «second home» by The Belgium architects Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen was inaugurated this spring.

 

Solo House / OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen © Bas Princen

Solo House / OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen © Bas Princen

 

The Office KGDVS project seemingly provides all the basic structural elements: a concrete foundation, (but shaped as a circular “catwalk”), a façade corresponding with the three inhabited segments (but perforated and with the feature to be shifted around the circumference if needed), a simple flat roof supported by four rows made up of nine columns which cut chords from the circular base (but with all technical infrastructure – photovoltaic panels, water tanks and generators – exposed as though sculptural objects), and a set of furniture (but all directly connected to the supporting columns). In this project all conventions are questioned and then given a solid new answer.  (more…)

“Everything architecture” exhibition by OFFICE now at AA London

Everything Architecture was first exhibited in the antechambers of the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels and afterwards at the Arc en Rêve Centre d’Architecture in Bordeaux, before travelling to the AA.

Dars House © OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen

Dars House © OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen

It consists of a series of models, perspective views and collages arranged alongside artists’ drawings, paintings and photographs in the main gallery at arc en rêve, reflecting a way of conceiving architecture that excels in paradoxical situations by playing with the tense relationship between contradiction and perfection. (more…)

“The books of The Architecture of the City” at Archizoom-EPFL Lausanne

Victoria Easton, Kersten Geers and Guido Tesio are the curators of an exhibition focused on the many different texts, references and graphical excerpts present in Rossi’s 1960’s acclaimed work, aiming to clarify the basic ideas of the original text.

 

"The books in The Architecture of the City" Archizoom. EPFL, 2016 © Giulio Boem

“The books in The Architecture of the City” Archizoom. EPFL, 2016 © Giulio Boem

 

The exhibition, curated by Victoria Easton, Kersten Geers (from KGDVS) and Guido Tesio, attempts to break down the main ideas of Rossi’s book by reorganizing and putting together the many texts and visual information contained in the original work, while proposing some new content that may help to better understand it: photographs, bibliography and facsimiles. The exhibition was made in collaboration with Form – ENAC – EPFL and the Fondazione Aldo Rossi.


 

Practical information

“The books of The Architecture of the City”
February 21 – March 11, 2017
Archizoom. EPFL.
SG 1211 (SG Building)1015 Lausanne
Switzerland

 


In 1966, Aldo Rossi published a book that refuted the then current arguments on the city and its design, and whose reception exceeded all expectations: L’architettura della città was fast internationally hailed as a classic.

 

"The books in The Architecture of the City" Archizoom. EPFL, 2016 © Giulio Boem

“The books in The Architecture of the City” Archizoom. EPFL, 2016 © Giulio Boem

 

Built upon a combination of unconventional fragments from various disciplines, cultures and authors, the book engendered a conceptual framework – as opaque as it appeared – for effective exploration of the complexity of the contemporary city, the success of which persisted at least until the work of Rossi himself, with all its later simplifications and cartoonesque positions, began to colour people’s perceptions of his theories. Now, on the 50th anniversary of the original launch of L’architettura della città, this exhibition presents itself as a formal exercise both in celebrating this ‘mythical’ work and taking it off its pedestal, dusting it down so as to be able to (re-)engage with its tenets.

 

"The books in The Architecture of the City" Archizoom. EPFL, 2016 © Giulio Boem

“The books in The Architecture of the City” Archizoom. EPFL, 2016 © Giulio Boem

"The books in The Architecture of the City" Archizoom. EPFL, 2016 © Giulio Boem

“The books in The Architecture of the City” Archizoom. EPFL, 2016 © Giulio Boem

 

The importance of the book manifests in the uncertainty that accompanies us still, when interpreting and designing the city today. The issues raised by Rossi in the 1960s have by no means been resolved: cities are still complex; their physical configuration still mirrors their history in a non-linear, contradictory manner; and urban phenomena remain inexplicable unless approached in the light of the city as a whole. Is Rossi’s ‘city-as-a-book’ or ‘book-as-a-city’ a metaphor we need to hang on to? Perhaps it is, given that the construction of this book results in many ways from the construction of the architect: the architecture of the city built Aldo Rossi, so to speak. Or should it perhaps be dismissed or deconstructed once and for all? We – in presenting here a Difficult Whole, scrutinised but not unravelled – take the liberty of not letting that happen.

 

"The books in The Architecture of the City" Archizoom. EPFL, 2016

“The books in The Architecture of the City” Archizoom. EPFL, 2016

"The books in The Architecture of the City" Archizoom. EPFL, 2016

“The books in The Architecture of the City” Archizoom. EPFL, 2016

 

In returning to the sources on which Rossi drew in order to construct his book, in recovering the original editions so as to expound both their literary and iconographic value, The Books of the Architecture of the City exhibition celebrates the generosity of the book, beyond the fame of its author, and therewith proposes that Aldo Rossi be regarded as only one among many contributors to an intimately multifaceted and collective project called L’architettura della città: a book made of books.

The Books of the Architecture of the City does not present a thoroughly researched ‘new’ claim regarding the truth (or not) of Rossi’s flawed masterpiece. It is rather, a simple survey of all that Rossi explicitly included within its pages. Thus, the exhibition shows everything and nothing simultaneously. Here, all the books of The Architecture of the City are brought together and made accessible for the first time. They are displayed alongside a set of books made of facsimiles in which all the quoted text excerpts and graphical excerpts from the original editions are compiled. A photographic essay by Stefano Graziani visually resonates with the fragments of text. In drawing on more than 150 books, on a multiplicity of origins and references, L’architettura della città is resolutely an organism that prompts the on-going mutation of its own content as well as ample opportunities for a continuous internal and external dialogue. By showing nothing but what was already there, The Books of the Architecture of the City plainly exposes the contents of the original text, thus calling upon the visitor to explore Rossi’s fiction as well as to venture into building new sets of analogies and correspondences.


 

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“A minor architecture” small scale projects by contemporary European practices

Espacio Valverde in Madrid presents this exhibition featuring minimal intervention -but highly experimental- works by Office KGDVS, García-Germán Arquitectos, Arquitectura-G, MAIO, Dierendock Blancke Architecten and many more.

 

A minor architecture © Espacio Valverde

A minor architecture © Espacio Valverde

 

Espacio Valverde presents an exhibition on small, minor commissions made to contemporary European architecture offices in which architects have found a way to express their architectural concerns and experimentation. The exhibition at this gallery in Madrid focuses on the work of fifteen different teams of architects in a small-scale project context, showcasing photographs and project design drawings. (more…)

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Arc en rêve presents “everything architecture”, an exhibition devoted to the internationally acclaimed architecture firm OFFICE. The exhibition showcases the work of a studio whose radical, minimalist approach truly sets it apart.

 

Solo House © OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen

Solo House © OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen

 

It consists of a series of models, perspective views and collages arranged alongside artists’ drawings, paintings and photographs in the main gallery at arc en rêve, reflecting a way of conceiving architecture that excels in paradoxical situations by playing with the tense relationship between contradiction and perfection. (more…)

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TAL2016, "The Form of Form" Installation view © Tiago Casanova

TAL2016, “The Form of Form” Installation view © Tiago Casanova

 

Curated by André Tavares and Diogo Seixas Lopes, the 2016 Lisbon Triennale started last week with a program filled with events and programmed exhibition for the next three months. This year’s theme “The form of Form” takes its name from the opening exhibition, curated by Seixas Lopes himself, in which he reflects on the ever-changing approaches of architects to architectural form in the past, present and future.

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The books of “The architecture of the city” by Aldo Rossi on display in Milan

Victoria Easton, Kersten Geers and Guido Tesio are the curators of an exhibition focused on the many different texts, references and graphical excerpts present in Rossi’s 1960’s acclaimed work, aiming to clarify the basic ideas of the original text.

 

 The books in "The Architecture and the City". Istituto Svizzero,  2016

The books in “The Architecture of the City”. Istituto Svizzero, 2016

 

The Istituto Svizzero di Milano (Swiss Institut in Milan) will be showing an exhibition on Aldo Rossi‘s acclaimed essay “The Architecture of the City“. The exhibition, curated by Victoria Easton, Kersten Geers (from KGDVS) and Guido Tesio, attempts to break down the main ideas of Rossi’s book by reorganizing and putting together the many texts and visual information contained in the original work, while proposing some new content that may help to better understand it: photographs, bibliography and facsimiles. (more…)

Drawings by OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen at ETH Zurich

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OFFICE, Border Garden, Mexico / United States, 2005 © OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen

OFFICE, Border Garden, Mexico / United States, 2005 © OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen

 

Drawings and collages play a central role in the work of architects Kersten Geers and David Van Severen. In a unique digital visual language dominated by pastel colors, they produce an oeuvre that goes beyond the conventional uses of the architectural drawing for representation and planning purposes. The drawings and collages form an independent body of work presented and treated for the first time in a solo show at a major institution in this exhibition. (more…)