Exhibition: Explore the importance of place

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We are moving our world of contextual narratives from Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin to Le Bicolore - Maison du Danemark in Paris. Through artistic models and a generous collection of artifacts, our first travelling exhibition PLACE delves into the strong bond between place and architecture and examines the contextual potentials tied to finding sustainable solutions. It tells a story of architecture's poetic significance and its ability to heighten our attention to the distinct qualities of context, emphasising that buildings never emerge in isolation. 

"If you look at the exhibited projects individually, they might not seem directly connected, but together they express the contextual abundance that derives from allowing the place to inform the architecture - a richness in materiality, form, and function. In a time where we as humans have become a profound force of nature, it seems increasingly important that architecture conveys something contextually unique and enhances the understanding and experience of each place. Not only when it comes to sensitive landscapes, but also the social, cultural, or economic framework," says Dorte Mandrup.

The meaning of place

For this exhibition we have created a series of site-specific installations and a rich collection of materials, artifacts, and records illustrating the interplay between the character of the place and the building that emerges from it - from the yellow-brown marshes of the Wadden Sea to the breathtakingly vast scale of the Arctic and the uncomfortable memories of war, flight, and expulsion imprinted in the ruins of Berlin's Anhalter Bahnhof. Visitors are invited to discover and connect with each place through the abstract models and a collection of materials, that have inspired and informed our work. 

PLACE opens at Le Bicolore - Maison du Danemark in Paris 8 September and is open until 6 November. The exhibition focuses on The Whale, Ilulissat Icefjord Centre, the Wadden Sea Centre, the Exile Museum, and the Trilateral World Heritage Wadden Sea Partnership Centre.

Visit Le Bicolore for more information about opening hours.

Photo: Adam Mørk