Studio 08

Triplicate: Hejduk at Neue Nationalgalerie

Scott Woods and Kim Võ

This studio is available to students enrolled in ABPL90142 Studio C, ABPL90143 Studio D, and ABPL90115 Studio E.

Studio Description

Special Advisors:

Peter Wilson, Bolles+Wilson (Münster), Claudio Schneider, Schneider Türtscher (Zürich)

The institutional setting of the museum functions paradoxically as the place for the generation, display and disappearance of architecture, at once affirming and suspending any evidence of architecture actually ‘being’ there. This architecture in pseudo-absentia has an uneasy relationship with the museum’s institutional order – it’s codes, practices, perceptual histories and blockbuster exhibitions.

Architecture’s unease in the museum buttresses claims for the disciplinary autonomy of architecture and supposes the probability of the museum interior as a site for the emergence of new architectural modalities, co-dependent, and perhaps even independent of the museum.

…Architecture born in the museum

Studio Outcomes

Students will work with material from the John Hejduk Archive at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), drawings and other documentation of the Neue Nationalgalerie, designed by Mies van der Rohe in Berlin, and catalogues of the permanent collection of Classic Modernism Art, Die Kunst der Gesellschaft 1900-1945.

Projects, drawings, photographs and other documents selected from the Hejduk archive become source material for students to pursue designed intersections of Hejduk’s architectural ideas and the modernist museum designed by Mies van der Rohe and restored by David Chipperfield Architects – modernism in triplicate.

After staging a series of tactical design responses, students will deploy these logics on a larger scale across the Neue Nationalgalerie; its spaces, circulation, materiality, sequencing etc. The new architectural entity will then be further tested by the introduction of the permanent collection at the venue as an art historical, curatorial and programmatic consideration for the design.

Therefore, students should expect a three-tiered research approach: the Hejduk archive at the CCA, the documentation of Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, and Die Kunst der Gesellschaft 1900-1945 collection, to support their design development throughout the studio and the prophetic emergence of architectures born within the museum

Readings & References

  • Johanna Yeats & Maike Steinkamp, The Art of Society, 1900-1945, Nationalgalerie, Staatlichen Museum zu Berlin, 2021
  • Joachim Jäger & Constanze Marlin, eds., Neue Nationalgalerie, Deutscher Kunstverlag (DKV), 2021
  • John Hejduk Fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture

Schedule Mondays 18:15-21:15 and Thursdays 15:15-18:15

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