16 05 2019 The conservation-compliant overhaul of Berlin’s New National Gallery by David Chipperfield Architects is costing around 110 million euro. And in the end there will be next to nothing to show for it; the architects are forgoing all form of re-interpretation out of a huge sense of respect for Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s masterpiece.
18 04 2019 Architects Sauerbruch Hutton most recently completed two major new-build projects for education and culture, the Experimenta Science Centre in Heilbronn and Museum M9 in Mestre. FSB met them in their Berlin practice to discuss houses as exhibits and the joy they feel when their architecture is well-received.
24 01 2019 The Bauhaus centenary gives cause for celebration but also for critical research. Ines Weizman lectures at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. This year she is conference director of the XIV International Bauhaus Colloquium. In her interview with FSB she speaks about the contradictions informing the world’s most famous art school.
10 01 2019 Not one but two museums open in this, the Bauhaus centenary year: one at Dessau in the autumn; the other, built to a design by Berlin-based architect Heike Hanada, at Weimar in early April. FSB met Ms Hanada in her Berlin office to discuss intermediate Weimar states, flowing spaces and why the Wittgenstein handle slots in well with the Bauhaus.
14 09 2018 New York, Dubai, Tokyo, London – residential tower blocks have long defined the skyline of many a major city. They have acquired a fresh allure in Germany, too, in recent years. Homes with breath-taking views are all the rage – so, are German cities now likewise set to grow upwards?
22 06 2018 The curatorial team headed by Marcus Taylor and Caruso St John has facilitated Great Britain presenting itself to this year’s Architecture Biennial as an open-minded, outward-going country – with an emptied-out Pavilion and a platform on the roof. We met up with Caruso in Venice and spoke with him about extreme times, the role of façades and post-Bauhaus.
14 06 2018 The decision was controversial: The exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion “Svizzera 240: House Tour” won the Golden Lion for Best National Participation at the 2018 Architecture Biennale. Just an entertaining event, people were heard to say. The exhibition certainly is entertaining, but also a pointed criticism of contemporary Swiss architecture.
12 06 2018 Venice boasts more than 150 ecclesiastical buildings – and now the Biennial has spawned a further eleven. On its first showing at the world’s largest architecture event, the Vatican contracted architects of world renown to erect “Vatican Chapels” on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore.
05 06 2018 “Unbuilding Walls” is the theme of the German entry to this year’s Architecture Biennial in Venice. Germany has now been re-united for 28 years, exactly as long as the Wall stood. Together with Marianne Birthler, GRAFT Architects have taken this temporal symmetry as an opportunity to investigate the consequences of division and the process of healing.
16 05 2018 Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, curatrices of the 16th Architecture Biennial, had called for free spaces in the public sphere to be reconquered by architectural means, and many of the country pavilion coordinators have taken up their call. Preview of the schedule available to visitors to the Venice Biennial alongside the main “Freespace” exhibition.
08 05 2018 At last, the 16th Architecture Biennial in Venice kicks off at the end of this month. This year, architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara from Grafton are presiding over the main exhibition entitled “Freespace”. A summary of what awaits visitors to the Arsenale and Biennial Pavilion.
28 03 2018 Politician Marianne Birthler and architects Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit from the Graft practice are overseeing the “Unbuilding Walls” exhibition in the German Pavilion at this year’s Architecture Biennial in Venice. FSB in discussion with the three architects about their scheme, the Biennial motto “Freespace” and gaps as statements.
20 03 2017 These days, Jasper Morrison is one of the big names in design. But the roots of his career lie in Berlin – and with FSB. Door lever handle 1144 was one of his first creations and is also on show in the “Jasper Morrison. Thingness” exhibition being run from 22 March 2017 at Berlin’s Bauhaus Archive. A conversation about Berlin, Brakel and Tokyo.
03 02 2017 Together with his brother, Benedikt Schulz runs the Leipzig firm of architects Schulz und Schulz, which has caught the eye with the many public buildings it has designed. FSB spoke with him about the appeal of competitions, school buildings and home life in the Ruhr.
08 11 2016 Firms of architects that polarise? In Germany, Graft of Berlin does for sure, causing quite a stir in trade circles whilst also exciting a wider architectural audience. It has now designed a door-lever handle series for FSB. Wolfram Putz, one of Graft’s founding partners, on architecture debates, working with Jan Kleihues and the smile of the Mona Lisa.
17 08 2016 Leitmotif of Alejandro Aravena’s main exhibition “Reporting from the Front”? The issue of sustainability. All works being shown in the Arsenale and the Central Pavilion at this year’s Architecture Biennial address facets of the sustainability debate in architecture – though in very different and often surprising ways.
26 07 2016 Detroit is looking back to the future. Three years after financial bankruptcy in June 2013 the shrunken metropolis is reordering itself by tapping into its past as a pacemaker for modernity. The US Pavilion presents twelve architectural “speculations” for discussion on four illustrative locations in downtown Detroit.
20 07 2016 UN peacekeeping missions in Africa as an urban phenomenon: architect and curatrix Malkit Shoshan researched the hermetically guarded “Camp Castor” in Mali and in her “Blue” exhibition shows how UN bases can become networked “sharing spaces”.
12 07 2016 The material legacy of the 2015 Art Biennial in Venice: 14 kilometres of steel section, 10,000 square metres of plasterboard, 100 tonnes of waste all told. Waste was given a second chance in 2016, Alejandro Aravena using it to fit out two fantastic entrance spaces for the current Architecture Biennial.
28 06 2016 2016 is truly the year of Alejandro Aravena – as curator of the main exhibition at the 15th Architecture Biennial in Venice and Pritzker Prize Winner, he and his concepts are central to the global discussion on future prospects for architecture. Portrait of the Chilean architect with a rundown of his key buildings.
14 06 2016 Anupama Kundoo is an architectural globetrotter, shuttling between an office in India and a professorial chair in Madrid. She graduated in Mumbai and received a doctorate from TU Berlin. This Sunday, the 19th of June 2016, Kundoo will be delivering this year’s “Reading in Architecture” talk at the behest of FSB.
07 06 2016 A benign fair-weather cloud has landed in the Swiss Pavilion. Christian Kerez is exhibiting an amorphous, negotiable object at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennial that he and his team painstakingly put together. He combined digital and analogue procedures whilst also conducting pure architectural research.
02 06 2016 A cliché: “British understatement”. Proof of how true this cliché is: John Pawson. The architect is renowned for calm, focused buildings. He nurtures a pretty low-profile presence himself, too. We spoke to him about concrete, passion and the 1242 door lever handle he has designed for FSB.
31 05 2016 Germany is a land of inward migration: that’s the thrust of Germany’s “Making Heimat” entry for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennial. Its organisers arranged for four big holes to be knocked through the walls of the German Pavilion, where they are running an exhibition about “arrival cities” and refugees’ abodes.
18 03 2016 ARCHITECTURE MATTERS, a new international architecture symposium, addresses the difference good architecture can make. Architecture not reduced to pretty shapes or as a cost driver but as a cultural force that encapsulates social life, shaping it in all its diversity.