For the first time in history, 111 driving forces in architecture from 29 countries, spanning five continents, united into a unique collaborative experimental project by creating a magnificent collection of artworks. Each contribution is inspired by the previous work.
How does inspiration move around in the atmosphere? How do we inspire each other? And how does this inspiration change through each person’s unique experience? To find out, tasked an architect to find inspiration in Theo van Doesburg’s painting, “The Rhythm of a Russian Dance” (1918), and then passed his work to other architects, growing into a web of conversation, interplay, and inspiration; a dance all on its own. Personal statements by the architects themselves framed the content of the book, adapting their immersive experiences into inspirational impulses, essential ingredients to working creatively.
INCEPTION: The beginning
Designer Anna Butele instigated the autocatalytic process by using Theo Van Doesburg’s painting to invite architect Gary Bates (Space Group) to create a work. He subsequently submitted his work to three architectural thinkers of his choosing, which served as a source of inspiration to continue on; this process mushroomed into the final 111 architects that comprise the book.
“It is magic how this independent organism was bouncing around the world in unpredictable ways. It was truly amazing to see how many incredible beautiful things came out of this experiment,” says Butele.
Participants were absolutely free to choose any visual form of expression by adopting sketches, creating collages, using graphics, paintings, and photographic images, all forms of art to impact inspiration.
The project quickly grew into an astonishing global event, encompassing architects from 29 countries on five continents, impressively including 111 participants widely known in the field of architecture:
Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano (LOT-EK), Adrien Verschuere (Baukunst), Alexander Savvich Brodsky (Alexander Brodksy), Alexandre Loureiro (Alexandre Loureiro), Alvaro Puntoni (Gruposp), Andra Matin (Andra Matin), Anna Puigjaner (MAIO), Anne Holtrop (Anne Holtrop), Anton Garcia Abril (Ensamble), Armando Ruinelli (Armando Ruinelli), Arno Brandlhuber (Brandlhuber+), Asli Cicek (Asli Cicek), Barbara Bestor (Barbas Lopes), Bet Capdeferro & Ramon Bosch (Bosch Capdeferro Studio), Bettina Gotz (ARTEC), Bijoy Jain (Studio Mumbai), Bostjan Vuga (Sadar + Vuga), Carla Juacaba (Carla Juacaba Arquiteta), Charlotte Truwant and Dries Rodet (truwant + rodet), Christian Kerez (Christian Kerez), Clemens Bortolotti (Riccione), Daniel Norell (Norell/Rodhe), David Kohn (David Kohn), Derek Dellekamp (Dellekamp Architects), Dieter Dietz (Dieter Dietz), Do Ho Suh (Studio Do Ho Suh), E.V. Day (E.V. Day Studio), Ferda Kolatan (SU11), Filipe Madeira (FMVS), Florencia Pita (Pita & Bloom), Francisco Cifuentes (Aulets), Frank Barkow (Barkow Leibinger), Freek Persyn (51n4e), Gary Bates (Space Group), Pieterjan Gijs (Gijs Van Vaerenbergh), Hernan Diaz Alonso (Xefirotarch), James Shen (People’s Architecture Office), Jan De Vylder (Architecten De Vylder Vinck Taillieu), Jan Edler (realities:united), Jan Olav Jensen (Jensen & Skodvin), Jean Pierre Crousse (Barclay & Crousse), Jennifer Bonner (MALL), Jing Liu (SO-IL), Job Floris (Monadnock), Johannes Kaferstein (Kaeferstein & Meister), Johannes Robbrecht (Robbrecht en Daem), Jonathan Sergison (Sergison Bates architekten), Junya Ishigami (Ishigami + Associates), Juergen Mayer H. (J.MAYER.H), Kivi Sotamaa (Sotamaa), Leonid Slonimskiy (KOSMOS), Luis Callejas (LCLA), Manuel Aires Mateus (Aires Mateus e Associados), Marcelyn Gow (servolos angeles), Marie-Jose Van Hee (MJOSEVANHEE), Marina Tabassum (Marina Tabassum Architects), Mark Foster Gage (Mark Foster Gage Architects), Mark Lee (Johnston Marklee), Mauricio Rocha (Taller | Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo), Michael Meredith (MOS Architects), Michael Young (Young – Ayata), Minsuk Cho (Mass Studios), Moon Hoon (Moon Hoon), Nader Tehrani (NADAAA), Neil M. Denari (NMDA), Neyran Turan (NEME STUDIO), Niall McLaughlin (McLaughlin Architects), Niklaus Graber (Graber & Steiger), Oana Stanescu (Oana Stănescu Design Studio), Patricia Barbas (Barbas Lopes), Paula Santos (Paula Santos Arquitectura), Paulo Providencia (Paulo Providencia), Peter Stutchbury (Peter Stutchbury), Rainer Koeberl (Rainer Koeberl Architekt), Renato Rizzi (Renato Rizzi), Ricardo Bak Gordon (Bak Gordon), Ricardo Flores (Flores & Prats), Rozana Montiel (Rozana Montiel Estudio de Arquitectura), Rui Mendes (Atelier Rui Mendes), Sam Chermayeff (Sam Chermayeff), Sam Jacob (Sam Jacob Studio), Sami Rintala (Rintala Eggertsson Architects), Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey (O’Donnell + Tuomey), Simon Hartmann (HHF Architekten), Sou Fujimoto (Sou Fujimoto Architects), Stephanie Bru and Alexandre Theriot (Bruther), Susanne Fritzer (Susanne Fritz Architekten), Tatiana Bilbao (Tatiana Bilbao Estudio), Thomas Mennel (Memux), Tod Williams and Billie Tsien (Tod Williams / Billie Tsien), Tom de Paor (dePaor), Tom Emerson (6a architects), Tom Wiscombe (Tom Wiscombe), Toni Girones (Toni Girones), Tuomas Toivonen (NOW OFFICE), Ulrika Karlsson (Brrum and Servo Stockholm), Volkan Alkanoglu (Volkan Alkanoglu Design), Volker Giencke (Volker Giencke and Company), Walter Angonse (Walter Angonese architect), William O’Brien (WOJR), Winka Dubbeldam (Archi-Tectonics), Zhao Yang (Zhaoyang Architects).
Outcome: the ideas in their naked and pure form
Depending on their input and personal experience, the contributions change and shift, often in opposing directions: from rational to irrational, interior to exterior, personal to public, local to global, random to planned, from marginal to central, and even from submissive to dominant. In doing so, the contributions highlight the architect’s social responsibility, inherent in the designs of their environments. This collection of works underlines the unique international features of the book, which reflects specific characteristics of thinking: territorial, national, mental, and a global view of architecture that unites all architects.
The book shows the way creativity evolves, transforms, and gains a new perspective in the 21st century information smog by showing the ideas in their naked and pure form.
Into the mind of architects
The architects complement each entry with a quote. Here we are not just viewing their working, but gaining insight into how they view the world and how they view art. Reading their unique philosophies gives us a window into the world of their thought processes, clueing us in on the path inspiration takes not just as it finds them, but where it goes in their minds once they receive it. Some architects provide lengthy essay-style answers to the question of inspiration, while some are able to summarize their thoughts into brief quotes. Others offer quotes that summarize their views on inspiration, such as architect Ferda Kolatan, who quotes Agent Dale Cooper from TV-series Twin Peaks: “I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.”
Book into exhibition
In August 2019, we opened the 100 EXPERIMENTS exhibition at AEDES gallery in Berlin, where all the architect’s artworks were included.
The book will be published by Jap Sam Books, Netherlands, award-winning, independent publisher of books on art, architecture, design, landscape, and theory. (www.japsambooks.nl)
The book as an art piece
The book itself is a beautiful art piece made by the graphic designer Joost Grootens from the Netherlands, one of the most strikingly original designers of his generation. (www.joostgrootens.nl)
The pocket-size, hardcover book (110x180mm) will become your daily dose of inspiration. The book consists of almost 300 pages, filled with surprising discoveries. Seeing the pieces interact from page to page, through this design, allows a wonderful flow and exchange of ideas, spreading out from a single point.