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.
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.
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.
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.
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.