Future Kunsthalle, Berlin
Future Kunsthalle, an AA Visiting School project, offered an opportunity for intensive 8-day site research, group discussion and project development in Berlin. We reconsidered the history and role of the Kunsthalle before developing our own proposals.
Rather than focus on a place to exhibit art, my model of a Future Kunsthalle takes into account all aspects of contemporary art practice; in particular, the essential relationships between living, working, storing and exhibiting spaces.
Taking over a currently derelict office block on the corner of Alexanderplatz, a podium replaces the ground floor on which new entrances and an exhibition forum is established. Text on the building’s roofline announces each new exhibition, with lighting within the facade’s windows demonstrating the spaces where open events are taking place. Inside, the floors are divided into shared living and working spaces, with a programme curated by the building’s administration to showcase the work being produced.
The Future Kunsthalle should:
-Be the ideal place to move to after graduation
-Be a place to live as well as to make and show work
-Declare its activities
-Be organised and chaotic
-Be both open and closed, turning its face towards and its back on the city.
I was awarded a scholarship from the Architectural Association to take part in Future Kunsthalle.