Recently I saw an exhibition at an art space out of Berlin at Haus am Waldsee www.hausamwaldsee.de. The exhibition Distinct Ambiguity profiled a series of projects completed by GRAFT Architects www.graftlab.com. Based in Berlin, Los Angeles and Beijing, GRAFT “creates architectural hybrids which take up current cultures of taste and debates on method and reflect on political as well as aesthetic issues”. The exhibition consisted of a variety of components, from architectural models, plans, videos, installations, prints, objects etc demonstrating the creative processes involved from inception to outcome. There is an overwhelming amount of work is on display, however one project which stood out was PINK in collaboration with Brad Pitt (ofcourse!) in New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina. Check out this clip below about the PINK Project.
Though the series of projects are diverse in scale, outcome and clients, the thread of continuity is GRAFTs’ ability to elegantly combine innovative design with a social conscience and an environmentally sensitive approach of cross disciplinary excellence. I loved it.
|The rear of the building which backs onto a lake.|
|And some cool apartment you can rent at the back of the gallery|
|Haus am Waldsee|