On December 7, the legendary AEDES gallery in Berlin (Christinenstrasse 19) opened the exhibition “Backstage” and presented the catalogue of the same title, in an event hosted by Kristin Feireiss, director of Aedes and presented by Ewa Porebska, Editor-in-Chief of the Architektura Murator magazine in Poland.
“Backstage” presents an extensive retrospective that reveals the design processes of Menis’s practice, including experimentation and innovative approaches in the field of architecture and urban design. Revolving around a variety of models and material studies, the exhibition focuses on a selection of designs that are under construction or have been completed over the past fifteen years as well as on research projects of new materials, techniques and systems. The most recent projects include Bürchen Mystik (Switzerland, in progress) which is a plan for the economic transformation of a village in decline in the Swiss Alps; the Jordanki Culture and Congress Center (Toruń, 2015), which features a ground-breaking variable acoustic design, and the Hatching prototype, a life machine that consumes zero energy, which makes habitats in deserts possible by harvesting water from the air. Some works that are already considered classic contemporary buildings are also presented: the Magma Culture and Congress Centre (Tenerife, 2005)—an adaptable building that has already hosted all kinds of events from car fairs to scientific conventions, from rock to chamber music concerts, and Badeschiff (Berlin, 2004)—the popular floating swimming pool in the River Spree, which was made by recycling an old barge.
Many thanks for the support to:
PROEXCA Promoción Exterior de Canarias, Canarias Avanza con Europa, Gobierno de Canarias, Union Europea – Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional ‘Una manera de hacer Europa‘, Islas Canarias ‘Latitud de Vida‘, Excmo. Ayuntamiento de Tacoronte, Excmo. Ayuntamiento de La Orotava, Fundación CajaCanarias, Canarias Cultura en Red, Canarias Crea, Owens Corning FOAMGLAS, PERI, Obra Social La Caixa, the Spanish Embassy in Germany, Schindler and Zumtobel.
We thank the Aedes Cooperation Partners:
Zumtobel, Schindler, The PORT Technology, Carpet Concept.