Exhibition 23 March–14 April 2019
6 Cork Street, Mayfair
Open Saturdays and Sundays only 11am–6pm; private view, and opening colloquium, 23 March, 2pm
Curated by Jantje Engels and Marius Grootveld, in collaboration with Drawing Matter and the Architecture Foundation
Johan Celsing (*1955), On Erik Gunnar Asplund's Woodland Cemetery sectional studies, 1935, 2019. Epoxy resin.
Gustav Appell Arkitektkontor (*2007), On Erik Gunnar Asplund's Villa Snellman, Djursholm, 1917, 2018. Wood.
Tony Fretton (*1945), Tony Fretton on Erik Gunnar Asplund's Stennäs, 1937, 2018. Wood.
Christ & Gantenbein (*1998), Emanuel Christ (*) and Christoph Gantenbein (*), On Louis Kahn's Kansas City Office Tower, 1972, 2018. Model.
Office Winhov (*1993), Uri Gilad (*1977) and Jan Peter Wingender (*1965), On D.H. Burnham & Company's City State Bank Building addition, Chicago, 1927, 2019. Model.
Baukuh (*2004), Paolo Carpi (*1974), Silvia Lupi (*1973), Vittorio Pizzigoni (*1975), Giacomo Summa (*1976), Pier Paolo Tamburelli (*1976) and Andrea Zanderigo (*1974), On John Hejduk's Drawing for 'Fabrication': Energy, 1972, 2018. Model.
David Kohn (*1972), On John Hejduk's Wall House, 1972, 2019. Model.
Stephen Bates (*1964), On Cadbury-Brown's Royal College of Art extension, 1972, 2018. Plaster.
Jonathan Sergison (*1964), On Carlos Diniz's HIllrise Apartments, Honolulu, 1970, 2018. Model.
Bardakhanova Champkins (*2010), Virgilio Marchi, Cinema Odeon, Livorno, 1940, 2018. Model.
Conen Sigl Architekten (*2011), Maria Conen (*1979) and Raoul Sigl (*1978), On Giuseppe Chiantarelli's Casa Pseudourbana: wall decoration from Pompeii,1795, 2019. Model.
Tom de Paor (*1967), On Hans Poelzig's Grosses Stadspeilhaus, Grosses Schauspielhaus, Theater der Massen, Berlin, 1919, 2018. Cardboard and paper clip.
Caruso St John Architects (*1990), Adam Caruso (*), Peter St John (*) and Siw Thomas (*), On Hans Poelzig's sketches, c. 1920s, 2019. Ceramic.
Hans Poelzig (1869–1936), Grosses Schauspielhaus, Theater der Massen, 1919. Black pencil on paper, 190 × 270 mm.
Paul Robbrecht (*1950), Hilde Daem (*1950) and Johannes Robbrecht (*1977), On Corbusier's Chapel de Notre-Dame-du-Haut, Ronchamp: plaster model of the south wall, 1950, 2018. Plaster.
Acknowledging that architecture is a corpus of inherited ideas, Alternative Histories invited more than 80 contemporary practices in the UK and Europe to imagine an exchange with architects from the past. Each office was assigned a different drawing from the collection of Drawing Matter – from the frontispiece of the abbé Laugier’s 1753 Essai sur l’architecture, a plan of the Villa Snellman, to studies for a theatre by Carlo Scarpa. The architects were then tasked with making a model that not only responded to what they saw, but envisioned an alternative future for the original drawing while adhering to the constraints of the project: although comprising different materials and scales, the models had to be transportable, and their footprints had to fit within the surface area of the historic drawings. Recently a large, white van crisscrossed the UK and the Continent to collect these enigmatic objects to be exhibited in London. Seen together, the models reveal a spectrum of interpretations of historical reference, insights into design methodology and the intertwined processes of thinking and representation.
At once an exhibition of new architecture in Europe and an enquiry into how it is now being made, Alternative Histories presents a shared past and present that is kaleidoscopic and undefinable, where there is always room for more and different points of reference, and expansion.
Colloquia (free admission, no tickets required) will run each weekend during the duration of the exhibit. For a full list of colloquia and participants, please see our Events page.