Founded fifteen years ago by architects Pascal Berger (Switzerland), He Mengjia (China) and Marc Schmit (Luxembourg), the PLAYZE architects studio came to international attention with its design for the organic farm Tony's Farm and as the local partner of the German pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai International Exhibition. From 27 August, the architecture firm, and some of its most important works, are featured in the exhibition 'Local & Transcultural' organised by the Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin.
The title of the exhibition refers to a distinctive characteristic of the studio, namely its great openness to understanding different cultures and ways of working. A characteristic determined by the very nature of PLAYZE, which is made up of an international team with members from 14 different countries, working in the three offices of the architecture firm: Berlin, Basel and Shanghai. In addition, since 2021, the firm has expanded its interest in sustainable wood projects by founding Playze Timber in collaboration with architect Maximilian Schröder.
The exhibition presents an overview of the firms' experience and modus operandi in handling projects, offering visitors an insight into the work of Playze Architects. The exhibition is divided into two rooms. In the first, visitors will be welcomed into the convivial atmosphere of a cafeteria with an open kitchen, which will become a space for informal discussion and interaction with project participants and specially invited guests. The second room, on the other hand, will focus on the presentation of eight projects narrated through drawings, sketches, models, films and other components distributed on long display tables to give visitors an idea of the creative process. The exhibited projects were created by Playze in China, Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland. This includes some interior designs in Berlin and, also in the German capital, the recent Moos. This is a conversion project with an extension of a historic bathtub factory converted into communal housing and co-working spaces. Others include one of the firm's most famous projects, the lobby and communal areas of the organic farm Tony’s Farm completed in Shanghai in 2011 by reusing green containers.
Images courtesy of Aedes Architecture Forum Berlin
Exhibition Title:LOCAL & TRANSCULTURAL
PLAYZE architects | Berlin, Basel, Shanghai
Exhibition: 27 August – 5 October 2022
Opening: Friday, 26 August 2022, 6.30pm | Access only via Christinenstraße!
Venue: Aedes Architecture Forum, Christinenstr. 18–19, 10119 Berlin
Opening hours: Tue–Fri 11–6.30pm, Sun–Mon 1–5pm, Sat 27 August 2022, 1–5pm
Photos credit: © CreatAR Images, Bartosz Kolonko, playze/Zhu Siyu, Andreas Schwarz, Michael Tewes
Captions and Credits
01-03 Playze - Tonys Farm - credit Bartosz Kolonko
04-06 Playze & Thomas Kröger architekten - Moos - credit Michael Tewes
07-08 Playze - Beelitz - credit Andreas Schwarz
09 Playze - Maison Uitikon - credit Bartosz Kolonko
10-12 Playze & Schmidhuber - Ningbo UPEC - credit CreatAR Images, Shanghai
13-15 Playze - Xingfuli - credit playze/Zhu Siyu