The Changing Room


Venice Biennale of Architecture, 2008

The installation explores the transformative potential of the material world. Just like clothes designers, architects offer alternate looks and identities, age and income-appropriate shells. These constructions consist of a miscellaneous package of endogenous and exogenous values; things and ideas that inherently belong to architecture and its traditions, and things and ideas that do not, but that nevertheless profoundly influence architecture. How to deal with this? Can architecture still have autonomy? According to UNStudio the lesson is to ‘switch it on, switch it off’… to find autonomy in brief moments of liberation. On the inside of the structure, the visitor encounters a kaleidoscopic world of people posing, inviting voyeurism, and seeking transformation in their own conceptualizations.


Ben van Berkel, Caroline Bos with Christian Veddeler and Hans-Peter Nuenning, Steffen Riegas

Light design with: meso digital interiors, Frankfurt 
Engineering and building: p&p gmbh, Fuerth/Odenwald 

Subsidized by: The Architecture Fund, Rotterdam The Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, Amsterdam
Sponsored by: Arup, Amsterdam Caparol GmbH, Ober-Ramstadt G&S, Amsterdam Pieters Bouwtechniek, Amsterdam P&P GmbH, Fürth/ Odenwald Rendertaxi, Aachen Resopal GmbH, Gross-Umstadt Sorba, Winterswijk