Architect Benthem Crouwel began by reflecting on the fact that public spaces and those used by large numbers of people, such as railway stations, shopping centres, museums, auditoriums and department stores are archetypes born in the 19th century. These models remain valid today, despite major changes in social behaviour and therefore in how these public spaces are perceived, as well as the need to design and live on the basis of ecological and sustainable criteria.
The five projects by architect Benthem Crouwel on exhibit at the Architektur Galerie in Berlin: the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Ziggo Dome (auditorium), Rotterdam central station, the AM3 Data Center and Forum Mittelrhein in Koblenz, are the archetypes used as examples to clarify the architect’s point of view and get visitors involved in reflection on the evolution of public spaces in an increasingly connected world which needs protection.
Title: Benthem Crouwel - Five archetypes for a changing world
Dates: January 17 2014 – March 1 2014
Images courtesy of Architektur Galerie Berlin, ph. Jannes Linders, Jens Kirchner