Project: The space between enfilading walls
Date: October 2016 – February 2017
Location: Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt.
‘Object of desire’, on the occasion of the exhibition Maatwerk/Massarbeid. A snapshot from the daily practice of young Flemish and Dutch offices. In addition to an overview of built work, the exhibition reveals the underlying process by means of studies, inspirations and reflections. The elements from the various offices were arranged in a Wunderkammer to reveal the parallels between the offices. In the process, visitors could trace the contours of a new generation.
What the invited offices have in common is a highly associative style of design. That results in work that is closely linked to the surrounding world in historical, contextual, artistic or incidental terms. However, the projects always appear to work with the help of quotations and dialogues. To reveal these associations more clearly, each of the participating architects designed an object of desire for the Wunderkammer. These are objects that communicate something specific about this association. The ‘object of desire’ is a highly architectonic object that addresses themes such as spatiality, composition and materiality, and translates them into an object for the Wunderkammer.
The starting point for this ‘object of desire’ is the enfilade, derived from the French term enfiler, which means ‘arranged in a row’. The arrangement of spaces in succession originated in France during the baroque period in the construction of castles and residences for the nobility. In architecture, enfilade denotes a number of spaces arranged in a row, with the doors connecting them also arranged along one continuous axis, thereby offering a view through the spaces.