The exhibition “Unikum” is dedicated to the topic of living, which has become a central focus in the work of Meili, Peter & Partner Architects. To this end, the entire exhibition space is approached as a dwelling. An installation in the middle is equipped with the functional areas of the kitchen, bathroom, and cloakroom, which reach out in different directions, dividing the room into individual areas. This unique space – an “Unikum” – celebrates the qualities of building materials such as steel, wood, and plastic. Pleasurable and playful on the one hand, it is also raw and edgy on the other.
The installation not only invites visitors to discover its diverse shapes, colors, and materials. It also shows that designing a dwelling is more than merely optimizing the arrangement of white walls. It is an explorative examination of the users’ lifestyle in terms of the constructive, functional, and sensual qualities of rooms, furniture, and fittings. In this respect, it is the antithesis to contemporary housing production.
The installation is complemented by wallpaper on the gallery walls, which brings together 110 selected apartment layouts from the history of architecture as well as from the studio’s own projects. Against this intellectual background, the “Unikum” serves as a test arrangement for questions about the influence of new materials on the spatial structure, the possibilities of additive functional units for individualized living, and the hierarchy of functional areas in the context of global services.
LOCATION: Architektur Galerie Berlin
Karl-Marx-Allee 96, 10243 Berlin
OPENING: Thursday, September 6, 2018, 7 p.m.
Welcome, Ulrich Müller
Introduction, Elli Mosayebi
GALLERY TALK: Thursday, October 11, 2018, 7 p.m.
Nikolaus Kuhnert mit Markus Peter
EXHIBITION: September 7 – October 20, 2018
Tuesday – Friday 14 – 19 p.m.
Saturday 12 – 18 p.m.
MEILI, PETER & PARTNER ARCHITEKTEN: Markus Peter, Patrick Rinderknecht, Alice Hucker, Leonie Amsler; Christoph Erni, Roman Pfister, Patrick Heller, Malte Didrigkeit
ART PRODUCTION: Saygel, Schreiber & Gioberti GbR, Berlin