Together! The New Architecture of the Collective
Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein
– 10 September 2017
Affordable housing has become a scarce resource, especially in urban contexts. Changing family and housing concepts and the influx of newcomers into cities mean that current concepts of housing construction no longer meet current demand. The exhibition “Together! The New Architecture of the Collective” presents an alternative for living, which has been gaining currency in the last few years: collective housing and building.
(1/12) Moryama House, Tokio Office of Ryue Nishizawa, Tokio, 2005 © Edmund Sumner/VIEW
(2/12) Essen im Freien, Siedlung Heizenholz, Kraftwerk1, Zü- rich, Adrian Streich Architekten, 2012 © Katrin Simonett/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
(3/12) LT Josai, Nagoya Naruse Inokuma Architects, Tokio, 2013 © Masao Nishikawa
(4/12) LT Josai, Nagoya, 2013 Naruse Inokuma Architects, Tokio © Masao Nishikawa
(5/12) House for Seven People, Tokio studio mnm, 2013 © Sadao Hotta
(6/12) Yokohama Apartment, Yokohama, 2009 Osamu Nishida + Erika Nakagawa, Tokio © Koichi Torimura
(7/12) Apartments with a Small Restaurant, Tokio, 2014 Naka Architects’ Studio © Naka Architects’ Studio
(8/12) ongpa Micro-Housing, Seoul, 2014 Jinhee Park/SsD, New York/Seoul. © SsD
(9/12) Innenhof der Sargfabrik, Wien BKK-2, Wien, 1992–96 © Stadt Wien MA 18 / R. Christanell
(10/12) Star Apartments, Los Angeles Michael Maltzan Architecture, Los Angeles, 2014 © Gabor Ekecs
(11/12) Bibliothek, Cooperative Kalkbreite, Zürich, 2014 Justus van Effencomplex, Rotterdam, 1924 Müller Sigrist Architekten Michiel Brinkman, Rotterdam © Müller Sigrist Architekten Foto: Martin Stollenwerk
(12/12) Visualisierung des Projekts Zollhaus, Zürich Enzmann Fischer Partner AG, Zürich, 2015 © Enzmann Fischer Partner AG
The Vitra Design Museum showcases examples from Europe, Asia and the USA, which vividly illustrate the multifaceted nature of living together in a community. The exhibition begins with historical examples, such as 19th-century reform ideas and projects from the hippie and house squatting era. These show the social context in which the projects arose, and how they were used as a form of protest against the then housing conditions. Current projects from different architects demonstrate how engaging with the challenges of limited space and new requirements can create innovative concepts with a new aesthetic.
The relationship between public and private spheres also changes. The characteristics of urban and living spaces, working and living are re-imagined and creatively interwoven. Conversely, the project examines the extent to which architecture influences the coexistence of residents and creates new forms of the same.