With DUPLEX, Atelier ST architects have reimagined the epitome of German residential architecture: the gabled house. Following the motto ‘two is better than one,’ they merged two narrow gabled houses into one. A clever move that allowed them to adhere to the building lines of the suburban neighborhood while efficiently addressing the spatial program. Beyond the apparent simplicity of the outer shell of dual elongated volumes, the interior unfolds into a complex sequence of interconnected spaces and levels – breaking away from the conventional (double) standards of a detached house estate.
Hans Uhlmann’s (1900–1975) metal sculptures, like his drawings, were a distinctive feature of post-war modern art in Germany. And yet, his works are still largely unknown to the broader public. After 1945 the graduate engineer decided to devote his career entirely to art and took on large-scale projects, including the sculptures outside the Deutsche Oper and in the Hansa Quarter. The exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie, opening in February 2024, traces the periods of his oeuvre from the 1930s up until the 1970s, bringing together about 80 exhibits.
Featuring more than 50 works spanning five decades, Fondation Beyeler’s solo show on Canadian Artist Jeff Wall (b. 1946) presents a comprehensive overview of his ground-breaking oeuvre. The exhibition includes his iconic large-scale transparencies displayed in lightboxes, alongside his large-format black-and-white photographs and inkjet colour prints. Conceived in close collaboration with the artist, the exhibition places particular emphasis on works produced in the last two decades, among them photographs on public view for the first time.
Designed by Atelier ST architects, the new production hall of family company Mühle is nestled in the Ore Mountains. With 80 years of experience and having earned global acclaim among refined shavers, the company essence is perfectly captured by the building design — blending local craftsmanship with industrial precision, seamlessly integrating tradition with modernity. The expansive glass facade, framed by sharp-edged aluminum profiles, offers glimpses into the manufacturing process inside. Warmth pervades the atmosphere, courtesy of the timber construction, in a harmonious synthesis of tradition and modernity in a design that is delicately nuanced and quite literally cutting edge.
The most recent exhibition at Vitra Design Museum explores how the Garden House by Japanese architect Tsuyoshi Tane came into being. For the creation of the Vitra Campus’ newest addition which opened this past summer, Tane meticulously researched the region’s traditional craftsmanship and natural resources, as well as closely collaborated with local artisans. By retracing his process, the show presents study models, architectural mock-ups, and drawings, allowing us to glimpse into the architect’s creative thinking and approach to sustainable building techniques.
Aside from exhibiting design excellence, the annual MK&G Messe acts as a platform for both renowned craftspeople and young talent to come together, exchange ideas, spark artistic dialogue, and promote the importance of contemporary crafts in an international spectrum. With an increasing interest in crossover and cross-genre positions, the fair showcases the work of well-known and emerging designers as well as fresh perspectives from a variety of disciplines such as ceramics, glass art, and jewelry design.
“aerocircus — a circusesque carnival with prairie wagons that defy all linearity” brings the discourse surrounding the climate crisis to an inclusive theatre production. Against the backdrop of a spatial concept designed by Tomás Saraceno, the RambaZamba Theatre troupe gradually grow to accept a ruined planetary habitat. Premiering at Haus der Berliner Festspiele on December 5th, 2023.
Less energy, more culture is the ethos driving the Aktionsnetzwerk Nachhaltigkeit. It is the main contact point for corporate ecology in culture and media to actively promote the energy transition in the cultural sector. Urgently needed, because an average-sized cultural venue consumes around 1,000,000 kWh (theatres) to 15,000,000 kWh (museums) of electricity and energy per year. This corresponds to the annual energy consumption of around 850 three-person households per cultural site. Sprint20 provides practical knowledge: a comprehensive checklist and cost-neutral energy consultations to help cultural institutions to quickly and efficiently consume 20% less energy. And that’s good for everyone: the less money is spent on energy, the more is saved for content.
8 artists, 8 publications, 1 programme: On the occasion of the 6th edition of Cahier d’Artistes by ProHelvetia, the non-for-profit association The Artists has organised for the first time a series of talks, performances, readings and screenings throughout Switzerland. Central to the presentations of this year’s featured artists are the unique books they realised with the independent publisher Jungle Books.