9th November 2007 - 2nd March 2008
Stefan Marx (Hamburg)
It often seems that, when architects try something new, they do so working for themselves, at their own risk and with the use of considerable personal resources. As if to provide evidence in support of this thesis, this exhibition presents 17 projects in which (mostly) Austrian architects performed such self-experimentation:
“Is it possible to furnish an entire apartment in 18 square metres?” “Does a greenhouse make a good studio?” “Can sewage pipes be transformed into a comfortable hotel room?” “How can one live in converted shops?” “Can one build a modern family house from mud bricks using just the mud from the foundation pit?” “What is it like working in an architectural studio inside a railway arch when a train rumbles overhead every four minutes?” “How can one live comfortably in an industrial ruin?” “How does a building keep standing for over 20 years even though it was never possible to do any structural calculations?” “How can one live with five children in a house without doors?” “How do architects build without a design?” “How can one build a house 2,500 km from Austria using just transportable hand-held machinery?” “What does an architect experience when he walks from Vienna to Mürzzuschlag?”
The design of the exhibition in the form of a huge wall newspaper, together with the necessary newspaper holders and reading stools, corresponds with the principal aim of the show which was not to exhibit architectural projects but, rather, to relate the experiences bound up with building these projects - which explains why the words of the protagonists play such a central role.