“The new begins a flirt with the existing,” is how Michael Ziller describes the way his office (zillerplus) approaches unknown tasks. “The particular magic of the places where we are active permits solutions that are often pragmatic, sometimes radical, as self-evident as possible, and as innovative as necessary. But always authentic.”
With the exhibition “Form follows Position”, zillerplus demonstrates the conviction that one of the principles of classical modernism, “Form follows function”, has to be rewritten. Form is no longer defined by function but by “position” – with the different meanings of localisation of place and the personal stance that reinterprets every project. Stories developing during the design process for new buildings and quarters give rise to complex concepts that are uniquely linked to the location and its “genius loci”.
“We don’t build for ourselves, we build for people. We build with people and for the town.” That’s the thinking of the zillerplus architectural team. “Ten personal principles help us in checking the design and the resulting atmosphere for its credibility, density, ambiguity and usability for the residents. The collected inspirations, many ideas, and stories rejected for some projects – we preserve these and archive them in the drawers of our own office ‘cabinet of curiosities’ ”.
All projects chosen for the exhibition consciously demonstrate different orders of magnitude, standards, and above all customers: the building association, the cooperative, the investor and the urban housing association. “Our designs are not necessarily sculptures in a prime urban location. It is always a question of lifestyle concepts. It’s about how people imagine their day-to-day life in the future. Our aim is that visitors will sense the fascination for the town, the space, living, for the self-evident and the unique. Just as we experience it again and again in the projects.”
opening of the exhibition on Thursday, 1st February 2018 at 7 pm.
“ZUHAUSE” (at home) – a discussion about living, on Tuesday, 20th February 2018, 7 pm
Architekturgalerie München, Türkenstraße 30 80333 München www.architekturgalerie-muenchen.de
Ausstellungsfotos: Hartmut Nägele
Fotografie der Ausstellung: Florian Holzherr