August 05, 2010

Arno Brandlhuber. Brutiful Brunnenstrasse.

Arno Brandlhuber - Brunnenstrasse.
photo copyright by Ute Bauer

Arno Brandlhuber, a German based architect, bought a 1990-ies investor's ruin and erected on the existing foundation plate an art gallery/studio building. The design is lo-fi: raw concrete walls, plywood, iron pipes, polycarbonate boards, etc.The building follows constrains: The floor slabs inherit the height from the two adjacent buildings, it uses the existing elevator cores and the sloping roof guarantees light incidence at the patio. The building seems perfectly not-designed - and even better - it seems not to be build for eternity: no perfect details and finishing, no ageless materials, flexible falls, flexible facade, etc. SLAB magazine called it: Brutiful Brunnenstrasse.

Some (German) architects, however, felt offended by such simplicity.

What writes the German newspaper TAZ? “Warum müssen schöne Neubauten immer mit Galerien daherkommen? Warum nicht mal mit einer Suppenküche?” (“Why are great new building always art galleries? Couldn’t it be once a soup kitchen?”)


Arno Brandlhuber - Brunnenstrasse.
photo copyright by Ute Bauer

Arno Brandlhuber - Brunnenstrasse.
photo copyright by Ute Bauer