Archi-Tectonics was invited by Kristin and Hans Jurgen from the Aedes Gallery Berlin to exhibit "Flatlands & Massive Things - From NL to NYC & Beyond", which opened March 15 2019. The opening was preceded by a panel titled "Precision, Prototyping & Prefabrication: Don't Tell Me It Can't Be Done", exploring innovation in architecture through the direct collaboration between architects & manufacturers. Six multiple-scale projects were showcased, highlighting Archi-Tectonics' use of hybrid and sustainable materials and smart building systems to produce innovative structures. Specifically, 512 GW Townhouse | V33 in New York | Soho Hotel Tower, New York | the mixed use Blaak Tower, Rotterdam | Inscape Meditation Concept space, and the recent design for the Asian Games 2022 Park in Hangzhou, China were featured. The exhibition panels themselves were made from a lightweight, yet very strong material, making such a large span possible.
The highly-attended talks and following discussion gave an insight into the trends that make Archi-Tectonics one of the leading teams in the field of research and innovative building design worldwide, dating back from the 1919 Weimar Bauhaus to the advancements in the digital design process of the 21st century. As 3D design software allows shapes to soften up, more organic concepts emerge, and smart materials - often composites or hybrids - get introduced. Digital design also introduces a new working model for fabrication and R&D; giving the architects a chance to to team up with manufacturers directly to develop these new materials and new systems. This also means testing designs go through proto-typing, a much more relevant decision-making tool leading to more in-depth developed designs, where the focus is placed on the process of precise development, not making re-presentation models. In short, architects model to test and improve, to IN-form the design, not to RE-present the design. The focus is on performance over form, design intelligence over style. This approach is closer to industrial design, where high precision and the search for the perfect "fit" is an essential tool of the innovative process, always also approaching the notion of invention. Speakers of the panel included manufacturers: Herbert Resch, Fulvio Serra, and Davide Zampini, and architects: Bostjan Vuga, Almut Gruntuch-Ernst, and A-T's own Winka Dubbeldam and Justin Korhammer.
We thank our Sponsors: Abet Laminati, ArchiGlaze, Rieder, Zumtobel, the consulate of the Netherlands, and Plan Magazine.