Location: 21er Haus
The Art of ReCreation
A Pavilion for Leisure and Architecture
A joint project of the Vienna University of Technology and the 21er Haus
From 21 June 2014, the 21er Haus and the Vienna University of Technology are presenting a sculptural pavilion in the lower-level courtyard in front of the museum. The idea was developed at the department for architectural theory, headed by Professor Kuhlmann, together with architects from the practice SOMA. This experimental construction is based on the scientific analysis of various materials and their static qualities as supporting structures. In its operational formlessness, the aluminum design expands on the notion of temporary presentation and is both a sculpture that can be walked into and the architecture of an exhibition.
For this pavilion will feature displays of twenty-one architectural projects from Austria and Sweden, selected by the curatorial team Mathias Mitteregger, Ana Simionovici, and Oliver Schürer. All of these projects clearly demonstrate how today’s culture of recreation is fundamentally altering architecture. A further space is thus created outside the museum in which visitors are invited to relax, appreciate, and explore.
This architectural intervention picks up on a tradition at the very core of the 21er Haus and its story. After all, this building, originally designed for the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels, started off as a temporary exhibition space itself. At the time, architect Karl Schwanzer was awarded the Grand Prix d’Architecture for his avant-garde and technically innovative design. And it was thanks to the appreciation of groundbreaking architecture that the Expo Pavilion was then transferred to Austria where, since 1962, it has been a museum of contemporary art. In this context, the 21er Haus continues to see itself as a place for pioneering projects.