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Experience the Unique Installation That Is Shape Tomorrow

12.16.21 | By
Experience the Unique Installation That Is Shape Tomorrow
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Making its debut in East Berlin’s Aedes Architectural Forum, Shape Tomorrow: Towards a Future-Oriented Built Environment by Matthias Hollwich, is on view to enjoy through January 13th, 2022. Hollwich, a German architect who is founder of New York-based HWKN and Architizer, created the installation to highlight the collection of projects the firm created during the pandemic. Shape Tomorrow features nine five meter tall towers that symbolize each of these projects.

“We knew we had to turn this crisis into an opportunity,” explains Hollwich. “Having seen how mutable society is, we recognized this as a rare moment for architecture, one where we could develop buildings that adapt to people’s needs, desires, societal demands, and technological functions.”

inside interactive exhibition with all white surfaces and small figurines representing people

The unique experience invites visitors to choose a character from toy figures sponsored by PlanToys, then imagine where this person lives, works, and plays amongst the buildings. The buildings’ placement encourages visitors to explore, react, and respond in a playful way. Each building has a name, turning it into ‘someone’ you might want to meet and interact with.

Visitors can then use their phones to snap photos and keep a record of the experience. At the end of Shape Tomorrow, all of these images and thoughts will be collected and published, and contribute to HWKN’s continued research and development into creating a better tomorrow.

interactive exhibit directions

“Usually, the focus is on the top of a building, its facade and efficient organization, which are to be viewed from afar. This organizing rationale usually reserves the base for entry, retail, and parking,” said Hollwich. By working with open-minded developers, HWKN intends to turn these design principles upside down. “We shape the base of the building, and focus on people’s activities, emotions, and memories, while adding interiors with personality. For us, the interface with people is the focus: creating places which generate inspiration for everyone. The identity of the new building directly coincides with the experience on the street.”

inside interactive exhibition with all white surfaces and small figurines representing people

inside interactive exhibition with all white surfaces and small figurines representing people

inside interactive exhibition with all white surfaces and small figurines representing people

inside interactive exhibition with all white surfaces and small figurines representing people

inside interactive exhibition with all white surfaces and small figurines representing people

inside interactive exhibition with all white surfaces and small figurines representing people

inside interactive exhibition with all white surfaces and small figurines representing people

inside interactive exhibition with all white surfaces and small figurines representing people

inside interactive exhibition with all white surfaces and small figurines representing people

inside interactive exhibition with all white surfaces and small figurines representing people

inside interactive exhibition with all white surfaces and small figurines representing people

inside interactive exhibition with all white surfaces and small figurines representing people

inside interactive exhibition with all white surfaces and small figurines representing people

visitors inside interactive exhibition with all white surfaces and small figurines representing people

visitors inside interactive exhibition with all white surfaces and small figurines representing people

visitors inside interactive exhibition with all white surfaces and small figurines representing people

visitors inside interactive exhibition with all white surfaces and small figurines representing people

interactive exhibition with all white surfaces and small figurines representing people

light-skinned man with dark hair wearing black short-sleeve shirt posting with sculptural mockup

Matthias Hollwich

To learn more about Shape Tomorrow, visit aedes-arc.de.

Kelly Beall is senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social.