• Work


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      Possibility House is a high-density, flexible, urban residential building design.

      The constellations house is an architectural design for a Baugruppe that rethinks privacy and community by breaking up the nuclear apartment into day rooms and night rooms. This not only enables larger communality without the loss of privacy, but also makes the apartments more flexible in the long run and therefore use the space more efficient – avoiding ‚innerer Leerstand‘. To reduce space, you rent out some of your night rooms out; to get more, you rent some from your neighbour. If you have a large dinner, you use one of the communal floors. The Possibility House provides an apartment that is always just right in size.


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      Do Things is an exhibition on Something Fantastic’s work and inspiration at BNKR, Munich, curated by Joanna Kamm and Ludwig Engel.

      ‘Only those with no memory insist on their originality’ is a quote by Coco Chanel that perfectly describes our position when it comes to ingenuity and authorship in architecture and design. We find no harm in copying things we find and like, and we are honoured to see our own work replicated. The show at BNKR illustrated this approach with a set of large-format collages and a screen displaying a 450-images slideshow of the office’s output of the last 5 years.

      For the opening, we installed a bar on the basis of a drive-now BMW i-3,
      featuring a playlist by Hannes Grasegger.


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      Invited by the Flemish Bouwmeester to study the potential of communal housing in Flanders, we developed a typology that would not only allow for more communality but could also heal a wound of contemporary urban fabrics: the suburban. Placed at the edge between rural and urban – along the outer edges of parking lots of supermarkets – the linear building would define the spaces on both sides. Where the urban before was not lively and dense, and the rural was not calm and green, the City Ahead building would allow those spaces to regain their specific qualities. The building would negotiate between those types of spaces, with large, shared, rooms to the urban, and small and intimate rooms facing the rural side.


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      The Visual Atlas is a collection of imagery compiled for the publication ‘Infrastructure Space’ published by Ruby Press.

      Judged on its performance, infrastructure is only seldom looked at from a spatial point of view. However, a great variety of spaces are created in, on, under, between or around infrastructural buildings. The Visual Atlas presents an insight into those spaces, and emphasizes their heterogeneity as it arranges them not according to their function but to their spatial attributes.


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      Silver Rise is a travel stage system.

      To minimize materials that have to be moved around, we decided to skip all elements of a typical stage, and concentrate budget and efforts on a highly reflective stage curtain.


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      Einfache Möbel is loose series of furniture designs.

      With this series of designs we are working on a redefinition of basic furniture. In a globalized urban context, the palette of easily available materials differs from that e.g. of the 70s, when people like Enzo Mari designed their basic furniture lines from wood. Each piece of Einfache Möbel is therefore designed to be built from a material that is beautiful and functional, but maybe most important also currently easily available. Furthermore they are designed to require minimal work. For most pieces in the range no cutting of pieces is required.


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      MAKING HEIMAT’ is an exhibition on Arrival Cities in the German Pavilion
      at the 15th Biennale di Architettura di Venezia, 2016.

      The exhibition Making Heimat curated by Peter Cachola Schmal, Oliver Elser and Anna Scheuermann investigated and communicated what urban planning should know in order to plan Arrival Cities – quarters that give immigrants the possibility to integrate both socially and economically. Being responsible for all design questions – from exhibition design over CI, websites, catalogues, to the opening party – we proposed to highlight the accessibility of arrival cities in a spatial way. As simple as effective, we cut four openings into the German Pavilion making it inviting and hospital, and both changing the spatial quality of the rooms as well as its relationship with its surrounding.
      Photography: Zara Pfeifer


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      The Perret Schaad FW16/17 collection was presented in a Hellweg building center
      at Yorckstrasse, Berlin.

      We have always been astonished and intrigued by the fact that the typically suburban type of the building center is often found in central locations in Berlin. Using the selling floor of Hellweg Yorckstrasse with its high ceilings, good lighting, (partly) aesthetic products, and big rollup-doors during shop hours is a direct translation of our general aim to make space with minimal material efforts.

      Watch the video here


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      Our addition to Neue Nationalgalerie, co-developed with Rimpau & Bauer, is essentially a white box. Although there is a great variety of different floor layouts, it is a quite efficient, basic building, merging classical gallery spaces with ready-made industrial building components. Generosity and posture is expressed through its plinth, which gently curves outward to the edges, an open, public ground floor, and on an urban scale a quite impressive height that corresponds to its neighbors.


      Über das Arbeiten Heute is a research and design study conceived in collaboration
      with Ludwig Engel and Stefan Carsten.

      When umbrella organization of digital industries Bitkom asked us to propose a new office design for their 3500 sqm Berlin headquarters, we were first shocked and then fascinated by how ‘normal’ their space looked. This led to the idea to treat Bitkom’s office as a propotype, and make a general investigation on how working today should be. The study includes several case studies and references, and concludes with a set of 5 thesis on organisation, underlying 5 thesis on space, which are illustrated by basic design proposals. 


      Sometimes Mini is a design study for an industrially producible house commissioned by Mini.

      For this design study we tried to push a principle we like to the extreme, proving that reduction does not mean sacrificing generosity: A highly complex, optimized core is combined with a simply (and cheaply) built shell. The space in between can be used differently depending on the user, the season, the climate, the location, and the time of the day.


      The Perret Schaad SS16 collection was presented in a public pool in Berlin.

      Also for the SS16 collection presentation we followed our ambition to find a fitting environment instead of creating one. In this case, we pushed it a bit further by choosing a public outdoor space, a beautifully shaped turquoise kids pool on a playground 200m off Alexanderplatz.

    • THE ICCC

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      The ICCC is a design for a 960-room-hotel in Berlin.

      In the context of the collaboration with Bureau N, that resulted in the concept of ICCC, the International Center for Contemporary Culture Berlin, we were wondering what a hotel would be like that carries forward ICCC's concept of creating a surplus value through well-managed synergies, efficient organisation and flexible use. So in practice, ICCC and The ICCC would share and complement each other's range of restaurants, business and recreational amenities.

      Architecturally, we looked for ways to maximize the possible number of corner rooms, doing justice to the fact that the hotel is situated at the edge of the city, and great views would be – next to good traffic connections – its major USP.

    • THIS IS TOMORROW (Für einen Kopfarbeiter)

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      This Is Tomorrow (für einen Kopfarbeiter) is an installation conceived for the group show How Soon is Now, initiated by Frank Barkow, Arno Brandlhuber and Sam Chermayeff. It represents a loosely defined, open working environment.

      The show includes works by Barkow Leibinger, Arno Brandlhuber, Jesko Fezer, Christoph Gengnagel, Gonzales Haase, Konstantin Grcic, June-14 Meyer-Grohbrügge & Chermayeff, Jürgen Mayer H, Sauerbruch Hutton and is thought as a re-edition of 'This Is Tomorrow, an exhibition and architectural statement that was first shown in 1956 in London.

      This Is Tomorrow (für einen Kopfarbeiter) represents our idea of what tomorrow should be like. We started off with a few basic statements that we first presented at one of the group's early meetings, like 'it will be painted,' 'it will be thin,' 'it will be heavy,' and 'not everything will be aligned,' and translated them into several objects: A set of all-wooden table stands designed on the basis of the Cavalete, a lightweight foldable table popular with street vendors in Rio de Janeiro, a large diagonal curtain screen made from a common contemporary building material, and a number of small objects and prints, like a set of engraved water glasses by Friedemann Heckel.

    • ICCC

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      ICCC is a vision for the re-use of ICC convention center in Berlin.

      When we entered the multidisciplinary team led by Bureau N in order to develop a spatial and programmatic concept for turning the recently closed ICC building in Berlin's westend into a Center for Contemporary Culture (ICCC), we were fascinated by its complexity and size.

      We analysed and categorised the existing 32 000 sum GFA of the building in order to identify existing potentials and problems, one of which is extremely high maintenance and operation costs. To make the spaces available for a great variety of users, we believe it is crucial to be able to provide them at a low price, and not only develop strategies to do a cost-efficient refurbishment, but, even more important, cut the building’s maintenance cost. We therefore looked into technical matters like cooling and ventilation, and put together a set of heterogeneous measures, both large-scale organizational aspects, as well as high-tech details.

      The project is ongoing.


      Villa Urbana is a prototypical peripheral residence designed as a contribution to the exhibition ‘Generazione: a call from Rome’ at Casa Dell’ Architettura, Rome.

      The Villa situated between Rome and Fiumicino airport is investigating the aesthetic of the suburban: Combining the monumental spatial generosity of a villa with the clean, sober beauty of industrial prefabricated building elements, we aim to define a contemporary version of the luxury of Palladian Villa types.


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      The Perret Schaad SS2015 collection was presented
      at Kronprinzenpalais in Berlin Mitte.

      The interesting tension between Berlin Mitte construction sites and historic Kronprinzenpalais garden fascinated us and inspired a setup of abstract, coloured surfaces reminiscent of analog collages.

      Photos: Daniel Burchard, Jakob Olsson


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      Greenhousing PTII is a communal apartment building design commissioned by Housing Cooperative De Arc in Turnout, Belgium, that is based on a design study we proposed to the Flemish Bouwmeester in 2013.

      We are quite critical towards communal living concepts. We believe that in many cases, the loss of privacy and autonomy outweigh the benefits of additional amenities or reduced costs.
      However, the shrinkage of unbuilt environment is a more and more pressing issue in Belgium, so minimizing spatial use per capita is imperative. In order to offer sufficient privacy and generosity at minimal use of space, we applied the Lacaton-Vassal-inspired concept of combining a greenhouse and a residential building, developping a row-house type with a clear, yet flexible order of private and communal spaces.

    • PERRET SCHAAD FW2014/15

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      The Perret Schaad FW2014/15 collection was presented at DCA Berlin's showroom in Berlin Mitte.

      We like Fashion, as well as fashion week, but we do not like the artificial exclusiveness of many fashion week events. So what we found interesting about presenting Perret Schaad's FW 2014/15 collection at David Chipperfield Architect's showroom was not only the perfectly balanced aesthetics of the space, but also the fact that it is way too small for a regular presentation.

      We designed a faux-marble stair that serves as a runway and solves both concerns: Lifting the models above the heads of invited guests makes them visible from the street, where both the crowd awaiting access as well as random bypasses are able to see the 21 looks presented.

      Photos: Zara Pfeifer


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      Seasonality House is a residential unit on a Berlin rooftop.

      The fact that seasons in our latitudes climatically differ quite extremely from each other, but buildings, streets and cities – and our way of using them – don't, seems off. The concept of Seasonality is our vision to include the changing properties of seasons into architecture and urban design.

      We find some aspects of Seasonality in Lacaton Vassal's work in general, and its Berlin interpretation Hegemonietempel in particular. The lightweight, cost-efficient greenhouse shell is only a partial climate barrier, thus creating a direct dependance of the weather outside and the use of the space inside, which actually is the essence Seasonality. We aim to prove that high comfort, individuality and generosity can be achieved in an ecologically sustainable way and at comparably low cost.

      The estimated production cost is 1000EUR/sqm. We are still looking for a flat rooftop as building ground, and are grateful for suggestions/offers.

      Model: Friedemann Heckel


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      The Perret Schaad SS14 collection presentation at Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin was planned
      as an informal event with a formal character.

      Choosing the Neue Nationalgalerie as a fashion show location is as obvious as impossible. The high aesthetic standards of the brand and comparably low budget inspired us to dare a borderline informal, minimally-invasive show concept: The 25 models bought tickets, entered the current exhibition during opening hours, and walked along the glass facades, fully complying with the museum's house rules, while the invited crowd watched from outside.


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      Speculations is a Research-to-Design on Communal Housing in Flanders,
      commissioned by Peter Swinnen and realised in collaboration with Belgian and Dutch architecture
      and urban planning firms TRANS, V+ and Monadnock.

      After having completed a general research on communal funding and production of housing worldwide, we focused on the specific Flanders context with its mix of agricultural and industrial production and housing. Our three proposed designs are a combination of a Baugruppe and a greenhouse, a larger scale Genossenschaft (Cooperative) and a logistic hall, and what we call a 'split single family house' as altermative to common single family houses, inspired by the 'curated community' known from Tokyo's Moryama House.

      The logistic hall Coop is based on the economic consideration that a group of investors is able to create a spatial surplus exceeding their investment in the long run. The close spatial juxtaposition of aspects of life –like work, private life, leisure and mobility– allow for a number of synergies like for example the double-use of space according to daytime, and incite to reduce the negative impacts these uses usually have on each other.


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      A Great Village is a masterplan for the City of Gooik
      commissioned by the Vlaams Bouwmeester in Bruxelles.

      The proposal follows our vision of Inclusive Urbanism, manifested in a variety of mostly small-scale projects that can be implemented within a flexible schedule and by various combinations of initiators, financial backers and clients. We believe that Flanders is already very successful at combining all kinds of functions from industry over agriculture to living and leisure, which makes it a perfect role model.

      The core goals like supporting the heterogenic mix of uses, establishing connections between neighboring functions, increasing public accessibility and intensifying and densifying functions and spaces is for example addressed by the Agora, one of eight exemplary projects, that connects all existing institutions of the city with a Pergola. We believe it could be a first step for Gooik towards becoming a great contemporary village that generates quality of life from combining all aspects of life within its limits.


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      Druot, Lacaton & Vassal–Transformation of a 1960s Residential Highrise is an exhibition at at Deutsches Architektur Museum Frankfurt on the refurbishment of Tour Bois-le-Prêtre, Paris, curated by Ilka and Andreas Ruby.

      What we like most about Location Vassal's PLUS principle in general and their high-rise refurbishment in particular is to see how people are using that additional, undefined space provided by their projects. To reproduce Druot, Lacaton & Vassal's gesture of opening up the 60's high-rise's facade and the intermediate spaces added to the apartments, we wallpapered life-size interior photographs of the project on all walls of the exhibition space, and combined them with plants and furnitures that resemble those used by inhabitants.


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      Maybe, Maybe Not is a fictional research project on the surrounding of Sint-Eloois-Winkel in Flanders, Belgium.

      In 2003, Julie and Michel Vandenbroucke had their house redesigned by 51N4E. Since then, they from time to time invite artists into their home. When we visited them, we were fascinated by the suburban countryside around Sint-Eloois-Winkel, and greatly enjoyed the short road trips Michel took us on. We produced a series of photos, plan drawings, and texts, of which the latter two were developed back home in Berlin. Maybe they are displaying and describing the reality, maybe not. Maybe, Maybe Not was made for Julie and Michel, for their neighbours, for everybody interested in Belgium, for the mystery behind the super-normal, for fantasy. It was published in the book 'Reasons for Walling a House', documenting the first seven contributions to Julie and Michel Vandenbrouke's ongoing artist's residency project. The book was publishd by Ruby Press, edited 51N4E, and designed by us.


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      Post Studio Tales is a residency and exhibition project initiated by district Berlin.

      One of our professors at UdK Berlin used to say 'Either make it recyclable, or for ever'. In the case of the three-week residency project with 18 artists and a building budget of 2000EUR, it clearly had to be the former. In order to keep the usual pile of trash after an art exhibition minimal, the main spatial structure was made from rented standard scaffolding members. The only pre-defined spaces are: the Kitchen and the Long Table on the Big Square. Every other spatial constellation–and its degree of privateness–is up for discussion. Simplified axonometric drawings of known artists' workspaces helped the participants in this spatial experiment to search for definitions of their ideal atelier–where is the door? how big is the window? are all walls closed? Questions that become even more exemplary as the atelier is the place where the human mind alternates between the extremes of inwardly contemplation and inquisitive lookout.


      The holiday home is designed to host six people in Sistiana, Province of Trieste, Italy

      We like luxury. And if something is comfortable, and simple. The holiday home at the Adriatic sea near Sistiana, in the Province of Trieste, Italy, is designed to achieve the maximum of the three. It is composed of a common kitchen building with storage, service and a rainwater collecting roof and three individual towers. It will host six friends, three couples, a lot of stories, tranquil leisure and culinary delights.


      Exhibition design, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

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      Raumproduktion is an exhibition project at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf curated by Matthias Böttger. Exhibition design for the show Raumproduktion at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. Curated by Matthias Boettger (raumtaktik) the show dedicated to artists' perception and processing of space featured works inter alia by Ingrid Hora, Julika Gittner, Larissa Fassler, Juul Hondius and Alex Schweder. In addition to that it was the starting point of a research on the perception of spatial production amongst friends and colleagues in the field of design, architecture and arts.

      Something Fantastic designed a structure from whool threads that edged and portioned the Kunsthalle's Seitenlichtsaal and gave each piece its own space to occupy, like pages of a book do. The research project consqequent upon the exhibition is still in progress and its outcome will be presented in an upcoming publication and another show in Berlin.


      A Manifesto by Three Young Architects on Worlds, People, Cities, And Houses

      Something Fantastic is about architecture. It is about the future. It is about the environment, energy and politics. It is about beautiful things. It is about being naïve enough to ask the right questions. Three young architects, Elena Schuetz, Julian Schubert, and Leonard Streich, lay out a manifesto for increased consciousness in thought and action. Plans and proposals for architecture ranging from the built to the utopian engage this spatial inquiry into the possibilities in the real world.

      Something Fantastic is about interconnection and dialog. In Interviews Werner Sobek, Gerhard Matzig, Markus Miessen, and many more contribute their thoughts as they speak about subjects as diverse as the future of architecture, evolution, poetry and communication. Thinkers as diverse as Thomas Hobbes, Alain de Botton, Walter Benjamin and Mies van der Rohe are excerpted, letting the reader choose from a smorgasbord of word and thought. These quotations are then annotated to reference, connect, and illuminate the themes and issues discussed throughout the book.

      Ultimately, Something Fantastic is about hope for the future, inspiration, and the courage to call for the new, and in so doing the book is a treasure trove for architecture students, professionals and anyone passionate about the making of our physical world.

      Something Fantastic
      A Manifesto by Three Young Architects on Worlds, People, Cities, And Houses
      Ruby Press, 2010
      English, 218 pages, 18 x 29,7 cm, paperback
      ISBN 978-3-9813436-1-8

      Buy the book online:
      Buchhandlung Walther König (Germany)
      Motto Distribution (Switzerland)
      AA Book Store (UK)
      NAi Booksellers (Netherlands)
      Copyright Books (Belgium)
      Stout Books (USA)


      An Index of Re-Inventing Construction

      Something Fantastic has compiled an encyclopedia containing an eclectic array of entries for all those who want to re-invent construction. The topics range from vernacular architecture and physical principles to inspiring examples and the most high tech materials. The Index is part of the book Re-Inventing Construction containing work by among others 51N4E, Biarke Ingels and Lacaton Vassal. The book was published by Ruby Press.

      Re-inventing Construction
      Ilka & Andreas Ruby (Eds.). With an Illustrated Index by Something Fantastic, 2010
      English, 440 pages, 17,5 x 23,5 cm, hardcover
      ISBN 978-3-9813436-2-5

      Buy the book online:
      Ruby Press

      Go to the wiki-version of the index:


      Easy, simple, inexpensive and white

      Something Fantastic has created a set of crystalline shaped lamps from styrofoam thatare on display at The Apartement in Bülowstrasse 90.

      A simple DIY-instruction allowing everybody to make his or her own lamp is going to be available soon.

      Material: 6 styrofoam boards (50 cm x 100 cm x 1 cm), metal wire, glue


      Annex to a 100sqm, 1950s house

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      Something Fantastic is commissioned to design and build an annex to a semi-detached single family house in Langen near Frankfurt.


      A cooking machine made for the city

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      The Dumpling Express is a solar fueled, mobile dumpling cooker envisioned by Something Fantastic as a propagandistic ruse within the cityscape that creates a desire for a modern way of cooking and a more lively street scene. In many ways it is a 1:1 Manifestation of how Something Fantastic thinks future architecture should be. It is high-tech and low-tech at the same time. It uses the existing, it creates a space to interact, it is flexible. It enables you to cook food without using fossile fuels, coal or even electricity. It is cheap, simple, mobile and white.

      Material: Three-wheeled bicycle with plywood box and solar cooker, 173 cm x 69 cm x 178 cm.
      Place: Mobile, best used in busy city areas or city parks.

  • Ideas

    (things we work and would like to work on)
    • Inclusive Urbanism

      Inclusive Urbanism is based on the idea that the city is the place where diverse things come together. It is a place of confrontation. The existing coincides in an unlimited number of combinations to create the new.

      Our current concepts of cities have taken measures to minimize conflict and to maximize comfort and efficiency. Things that are actually connected like consumers and producers, work and recreation, resources and products, have become worlds apart. Many of our current problems are rooted in this development.

      On a physical level, transportation of people and goods has increased, which leads to increased travel times, and increased pressure on centrally located real estate markets. On a non-physcial level, an even more influencial development has taken place. It has become harder and harder to know and understand even the most basic connections that form the basis of our lives. The flows of resources, products, energy, and even services, that are in place to support our lifes, have become too hard to follow up on. Contemporary practices in production of food, energy and goods are questionable, unsustainable, unefficient, unethical, messy and outdated to a good part because they happen outside of our conciousness.

      Inclusive Urbanism is aimed on bringing back together, what is actually connected. In reality, this is tough. What Inclusive Urbanism is relying on in the long run, is the change this new proximity encourages. Things we allow close to our lifes have to be humane. Pollution, noise, and the size of e.g. production facilities decrease, as well as transparency, efficiency and some products’ retail price. Less energy and time is spent on transportation, and more into the development of cleaner, safer, more efficient technologies. City life might become less comfortable, less calm, but there is less time lost on commuting. Contrasts and diversity, of people, building types, jobs or services in a neighborhood are going to be increased.

      There will be more experiences available per square kilometer. And this is what city life is and always has been about: Contrasts and encouters. Exposing oneself to the unexpected, the strange, the different.

  • Teaching


      May 8.-July 17, 2015 - MAKE NO EMPTY SPACE

      "Make no empty space" will think about the ideal representation of ideas via graphic means.
      "Make no empty space" is a call for thoughtful action.
      "Make no empty space" wants to highlight the work produced at the TU BERLIN
      in the best possible way being responsible for the "Jahresausstellung".
      "Make no empty space" will be structured as follows:

      13th of April, 6pm: Application for Participation: Bring an image or an artifact of a graphic work you liked
      and explain why it spoke to you. 12 candidates will be chosen.
      8th of Mai, 10am: Lecture on Exhibition Design
      15th of Mai, 6pm: Lecture on Graphic Design
      16th of Mai, 9:30am – 7pm: Workshop plus Idea Presentation
      13th of June, 9:30am – 7pm: Refinement Presentations 14th of June to
      17th of July: Execution of Exhibition

      Additional Lectures by guests to be announced, Mondays 6pm in regular intervals



      The workshop Tropical Architecture in the Anthropocene addresses the correlation between man-made and natural environments and investigates construction technologies for low-cost housing proto-types within tropical climate.

      Besides the development of climate-adapted constructions the workshop will also test practices that combine housing infrastructures with natural systems (such as green roofs, climate adapted ventilation, new construction materials, etc.). The results of the workshop will serve for the preparation of a low-cost pilot project in the Amazon region that is aiming at innovating the Brazilian mass housing program Minha Casa, Mina Vida.

      The program is initiated and directed by Rainer Hehl and Something Fantastic in collaboration with Nanda Eskes in collaboration with TU Berlin, ETH Zurich, Hybrid Platform (UdK and TU Berlin), Instituto CASA, PUC Rio de Janeiro and Studio-X Rio de Janeiro.



      Something Fantastic is happy to announce that Charlotte Malterre Barthes has joined the core teaching team of MAS Urban Design, directing the course's focus on Cairo, Egypt.

      In a global context where architects have been loosing ground to both informal modes of construction and to the speculative real-estate sector, this program conducts a reflection towards a defiant repositioning of our discipline against its eroding leverage.

      (1)RESISTANCE: Reacting/ Rebellious/ Urgent/ Insurgent/ Opposing/
      Defiant Investigating the role of design in the production of urban space, and the position of designers in market-driven development logics, the underlying mechanisms of brutal urbanization that have led
      to untenable situations of spatial and social injustice will be identified.

      (2)RELEVANCE: Significant/ Pertinent/ Substantial/ Momentous/ Meaningful/
      With the idea to re-radicalize the design field, the program's goal is in a second phase, to generate tactics that should reposition architecture as a relevant and central method to making the city.

      (3) RESILIENCE: Rebound/ Robust/ Spirited/ Durable/ Enduring/ Flexible/
      Buoyant/ Because the program is addressing the challenges of the profession faced on all fronts by forces of urbanization, resilience is a theme to be explored not as the over worn concept of sustainability but as a framework for an ethical, social, political practice of architecture and urban design.

      The program addresses young professionals in the field of architecture and urban design that have a special interest in practicing within informal territories and environments. This year's course focuses on the comparably sophisticated informal building industry of Cairo, its economic mechanisms and challenges. How can a city like Cairo develop and grow despite an extreme scarcity of fertile, well-connected land?


      Innovating Mass Housing for Social Change in Brazil

      In 2009, Brazil launched the mass housing program "Minha Casa, Minha Vida" ("My House, My Life"), which aims to build 3.4 million housing units by the end of 2014.

      By reexamining the program at a critical time, Minha Casa—Nossa Cidade ("My House, Our City") attempts to hack the production of mass housing and tackle the profound social changes currently underway in Brazil. In three chapters, the book reviews the history and implementation of the government program, highlights the ingenuity of "Popular Brazilian Architecture," and presents design proposals by MAS Urban Design for low-cost housing.

      Building on the program's success in broadening access to housing, Minha Casa—Nossa Cidade puts forth a vision for the city as a common project and the transformation of monotonous urban areas into popular neighborhoods—living environments that can be appropriated according to individual as well as collective needs.

      Minha Casa—Nossa Cidade
      Innovating Mass Housing for Social Change in Brazil
      Ruby Press, 2014
      English, 496 pages, 20 x 27 cm, paperback
      ISBN 978-3-944074-09-2


      HS 2013/SS 2014 - THE GROWING HOUSE

      Something Fantastic is happy to announce that another year of teaching the MAS Urban Design at Marc Angelil's chair at ETH Zurich is going to start soon.

      The program addresses young professionals in the field of architecture and urban design that have a special interest in practicing within informal territories and environments and diverse situations. This year's course is going to operate within- and compare two different contexts: India and Brazil. The focus thereby lies on the principle of the Growing House, an alternative concept of the production and use of buildings and its specific potential within informally built neighborhoods.

      The program is going to be held by Something Fantastic in collaboration with Anne Fenk, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes and Rainer Hehl with excursions to India in autumn 2013 and Brazil in spring 2014. Something Fantastic is happy to announce that another year of teaching the MAS Urban Design at Marc Angelil's chair at ETH Zurich is going to start soon.

      The program addresses young professionals in the field of architecture and urban design that have a special interest in practicing within informal territories and environments and diverse situations. This year's course is going to operate within- and compare two different contexts: India and Brazil. The focus thereby lies on the principle of the Growing House, an alternative concept of the production and use of buildings and its specific potential within informally built neighborhoods.

      The program is going to be held by Something Fantastic in collaboration with Anne Fenk, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes and Rainer Hehl with excursions to India in autumn 2013 and Brazil in spring 2014.


      HS 2012/SS 2013 - Architettura Popular Brasileira

      Something Fantastic is happy to announce that another year of teaching the MAS Urban Design at Marc Angelil's chair at ETH Zurich together with Rainer Hehl has just started.

      The program addresses young professionals in the field of architecture and urban design that have a special interest in practicing within informal territories and environments. This year's course focuses on the popular as a phenomenon but also as means to introduce new kinds of architectures in the informal context in particular and developing contexts in general.

      The course is going to investigate patterns and mechanisms of the popular to understand and make use of its potentials. Next to a three week excursion that includes collaborations and meetings with institutions, organizations and planners on site in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, the course includes a research focus on small-scale technologies and prototypes to be introduced in the field of action, as well as two design tasks both on building and urban scale.

      As the goal is to imbed the designers ambitions in regard to the aesthetic, social and ecological development of the world in the popular culture and the natural environment, a focus is put on communicating the ideas in presentions in front of decision makers on site, in a book publication (follow up of Building Brazil and Cidade de Deus - City of God) and in exhibitions (last two years: USA, Singapore, Brazil).

      The course is bridging between idealistic ideas and the urgency for immediate action.


      Working with Informalized Mass Housing in Brazil

      Cidade de Deus serves as the inspiration and case study for Cidade de Deus – City of God, a widely relevant study of the appropriation and customization of standardized mass housing over time.

      The once-notorious favela in Rio de Janeiro, which grew out of a government-housing program, is today a safe and vibrant neighborhood and a viable counter model to gated condominiums. This research-based design study by the Master of Advanced Studies in Urban Design program at the ETH Zurich unpacks the implications of Cidade de Deus' hybrid environment, as it exists today. What results is a model for improving mass housing programs using the ingenuity of informal practices—a model applicable not just in Brazil, but world-wide.

      Cidade de Deus – City of God
      Working with Informalized Mass Housing in Brazil
      Ruby Press, 2013
      English, 352 pages, 20 x 27 cm, paperback
      ISBN 978-3-944074-02-3

    • THE WORLD IS NOT FAIR – 2012

      Lecture and Discussion at Institut für Raumexperimente's Tempelhof outpost

      Something Fantastic was invited by Eric Ellingsen of Olafur Eliasson's Institut für Raumexperimente to take part in their program at the Worlds Fair at Flugfeld Tempelhof. Something Fantastic not only presented some of their latest book projects and took part in the discussions but also cooked Espressos with the solar cooker of the Dumpling Express. They failed baking Amarettini on it.


      Proactive Urban Renewal of Informal Settlements

      In Building Brazil!, the Master of Advanced Studies in Urban Design program at the ETH Zürich turns its attention to the settlements blanketing the hills of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

      As cities strain under a growing population and demand for resources, Brazil will provide a test case for how politicians, architects and urban planners can work together with local stakeholders to improve living conditions in informal settlements without upsetting their social structures. Against the backdrop of recent and exemplary developments in Brazilian public policy and slum-upgrading practices, Building Brazil! puts forth a proactive approach to the favela that opens up the existing urban fabric to architectural and urban interventions.

      Shifting between micro and macro levels of analysis, Building Brazil! investigates the way forward for the favelas of Jardim Colombo, Heliópolis, Cidade Ipava and Rio das Pedras. Practical design solutions for informal, risk-prone areas are situated within overarching urban strategies; and context-specific projects are complemented by editorials on the spatial, social and financial dynamics of the informal Brazilian city.

      At once specific and general, particular and allegorical, Building Brazil! reflects on the problems and prospects of a rapidly urbanizing world.

      Building Brazil!
      Proactive Urban Renewal of Informal Settlements
      Ruby Press, Forthcoming 2011
      English, 464 pages, 20 x 27 cm, paperback
      ISBN 978-3-9813436-4-9


      The Science of Science (Lernen lernen durch Fragen fragen), Universität der Künste Berlin

      The The Science of Science – Lernen lernen durch Fragen fragen was thought by Schubert, Schütz and Streich at the University of the Arts Berlin during 2010 and 2011. On a didactic level the class tried to reduce the inhibition threshold of the students in the pursuit of getting their own questions answered. On a content level it investigated ways of gaining knowledge on fields that are not considered part of the architecture discipline as such but nevertheless are instrumental from the view point of Something Fantastic: The belief that architecture is affected by everything and vice versa does affect everything is the basis of their claim that working as architects today involves a general interest and involvement in the world.

      Their current course at the MAS UD at ETH Zürich entitled "Technology Exchange" builds upon the same principals and tries to produce, invent or transfer smart, touching, simple technologies to informal settlements in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

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    Something Fantastic is an architectural practice committed to smart, touching, simple architecture.

    The firm’s agenda is based on the idea that architecture is affected by everything
    and vice versa –does affect everything– and therefore working as architects implies a broad interest and involvement in the world.

    Something Fantastic’s practice includes designing books, exhibition, furniture, buildings, and urban development schemes. Next to designing, the partners write (e.g. Something Fantastic, Ruby Press, 2012), teach (since 2012 at ETH MAS Urban Design), lecture, and do art direction (since 2015 for Finnish furniture brand Artek). In 2016 the studio was responsible for the design of the German Pavilion at the 15th La Biennale di Venezia entitled Making Heimat. Germany Arrival Country.

    Something Fantastic, Leipziger Str. 61, D-10117 Berlin

    Copyright Something Fantastic, 2011-2017. All rights reserved.
    Site designed by Pieterjan Grandry, Jonas Lindström, and Something Fantastic.

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      Something Fantastic is invited to lecture in the course of the A-Z Lecture Series at the University of Hasselt. There is an open discussion planned already in the afternoon, and we hope to see you already there!
      15.03. from 8pm, afternoon discussion from 1.30pm, Z33, Zuivelmarkt 33, 3500 Hasselt, Belgium


      Please join Marc Angélil, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, Somethig Fantastic and all participating students for the public final crits of the MAS Urban Design 15/16 at the Chair of Marc Angélil. We are happy to have Sarah Sabry of the University of Zürich, Omar Nagati of Cluster, Cairo, and Hamdi Reda of Artellewa, Cairo as guest critics.
      14.12. from 1pm, ONA, Neunbrunnenstr. 50, Zürich


      We are happy and excited about being invited to present, together with our colleague Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, the work of the MAS Urban Design 14/15 on Cairo's informal neighborhood Ar-El-Liwa, at the Shenzen Biennale 2015 Radical Urbanism curated by Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner.

      On display are several 1/20 models of typical Ard-El-Liwa housing typologies, and three improved typologies conceived by the MAS. 5.12. from 3pm, Shenzen Biennale, Shekou Ferry Port, Shenzen, China


      Something Fantastic is going to be responsible for the exhibition and publication design of the german pavilion at the coming Venice Biennale. Very much looking forward to the ongoing collaboration with Anna Scheuermann, Peter Schmal and Oliver Elser of DAM Frankfurt, and Julia Albani and Silke Neumann of Bureau N.
      25.05. from 4pm, Padiglione Germania, Giardini, Biennale di Architettura, Venice


      Artek, the iconic finnish furniture brand founded, amongst others, by Aino and Alvar Aalto, is giving an insight into its roots, technology and recent development in the exhibition Art and Technology.
      05.11. from 7pm, Exhibition 06.11. – 28.11. Modus, Wielandstrasse 27-28, Berlin
      26.11. – 09.01. MC Selvini, Via C. Poerio 3, Milano
      05.11. – 24.11.Living Center OZONE 3F Welcome Plaza, Tokyo


      Something Fantastic is invited to lecture on exhibition design at the occasion of this fall's semester start at the faculty of Information and Spatial design, led by Prof. Christine Schweiger. 9.10. from 10am, New Design University, Mariazellerstraße 97a, St. Pölten, Austria


      We are happy and proud to be part of the exhibition CASA CIDADE MUNDO, Curated by Evandro Salles of Instituto Casa, and to be able to present our vision of a Tropical Brazilian Arcadian City. 04.10.-14.11.2015, Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica, Rua Luís de Camões, 68, Rio de Janeiro


      The exhibition PAUL SCHNEIDER-ESLEBEN. ARCHITEKT at Architekturmuseum der TU München curated by Regine Heß focuses not only on Schneider-Esleben'sbuilding projects, but also asks about today's perspective on post-war architecture in Germany. We are excited and happy to see our exhibition design becoming reality this coming week. 16.07.-18.10.2015, Pinakothek der Moderne, Barer Str. 40, München

    • cà phê sữa đá AT SOMETHING FANTASTIC

      Something Fantastic is opening a Vietnamese Coffee Shop outside Leipziger Str. 61 for one day. The shop is open all afternoon the 27th of June on the occasion of Make City Festival 2015. Come by, sit down on a tiny plastic chair, have a coffee, check out a first dummy of the publication APB–Architetura Popular Brasileira, have a chat with us and enjoy summer on Leipziger Strasse. 27.06.2015, from 2pm, Something Fantastic Office, Leipziger Str. 61


      Something Fantastic is happy to announce the publishing of Displayed Spaces. New Means of Architecture Presentation through Exhibitions, edited Roberto Gigliotti, that issues from last year's conference of the same name, featuring texts by Giovanna Borasi, Anne Holtrop, Wilfried Kühn, Emanuela De Cecco, Something Fantastic, Ilka & Andreas Ruby, Andres Lepik, Tina di Carlo and two interviews with Kersten Geers and Maarten Gielen.
      Leipzig/Bozen 2015, 216 pages, english, ISBN: 978-3-944669-69-4, €26.00, www.spectorbooks.com


      District and Something Fantastic are happy to announce the publishing event of Post-Studio Tales at Leipziger Str. 61. At this happy occasion, Friedemann Heckel has installed a large neon work on our wall, and there will be drinks from 5pm. 02.05.2015, 5pm, Something Fantastic Office, Leipziger Str. 61


      Something Fantastic is just finalizing the project documentation for this year's Abroad Studio of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design taught by Frank Barkow and Arno Brandlhuber with Niklas Maak and Fritz Neumeyer. 21.04.2015, 10.00 am, final Crits, Harvard Abroad Studio, Brunnenstr. 9, Berlin


      Something Fantastic is going to participate in an international symposium on urban habitats hosted by Y-GSA of Yokohama National University, presenting the research and design work of the MAS Urban Design Marc Angélil at ETH Zurich. Recent work addressed in the lecture will be, amongst others, the MAS' contribution to the UNEVEN GROWTH exhibition at MoMA New York. 23.03.2015, Y-GSA, 79 Energy Center, Tokiwadai, Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, 240-8501, Japan


      Something Fantastic and Dr. Rainer Hehl would like to invite students of UdK Berlin and TU Berlin to a summer school and excursion trip to Brazil in collaboration with PUC Rio de Janeiro and ETH Zurich from march 9th to 16th on the topic of Tropical Architecture In The Anthropocene with the goal of analysing and improving low-cost housing in tropical climates. Participants will have the chance to contribute to an exemplary Minha Casa, Minha Vida pilot project in Parauapebas, Para. 06.03.2015, 10.00 am, Santa Tereza, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
      (Image: MAS UD 2012/13 ETH Zurich


      Sophia Psarra and Fani Kostourou of The Bartlett School of Architecture invited Something Fantastic to the midterm crits of their E-merging Design Research program. The course under the title 'Active Architecture' focuses on alternative approaches to improve life in the favelas through spatial, social, economic and ecological innovation–A topic and context we're especially interested in! 06.03.2015, 11am, 140 Hampstead Road, London


      Something Fantastic is grateful and excited for being nominated for the 5th Iakov Chernikov Prize. The prize set out by the Iakov Chernikhov International Foundation in Moscow under the title 'Challenge of Our Time' is going to be awarded in mid-2015. Former laureates include Ensamble Studio, Dogma and Jun'ya Ishigami. 01.06.2015, Iakov Chernikhov International Foundation, Moscow, Russia


      Marc Angélil, Charlotte Malterre Barthes, Something Fantastic and the students of the MAS Urban Design would like to invite you to this semester's final crits at ETH Zurich.

      This time the presentation focuses on informal housing in Ardilewa, Cairo. Each group is going to present their proposals, that follow the market logic of the informal building sector, but aim for higher quality buildings, a more livable neighborhood, and a more sustainable urban development, on one feddan of land. 12.12.2014, 9.00 am, ONA, Neunbrunnenstr. 50, Zürich


      Something Fantastic is happy to announce the opening of UNEVEN GROWTH at MoMA New York featuring Varanda Products, a project we've developed together with RUA architects, Rio, and the ETH Zurich MAS Urban Design. Veranda Products is an urban tactic for Rio based on products that first are practical and desirable, and second change the cityscape on an urban level, for example by increasing urban vegetation or offering shade. 19.11.2014, 7pm (opening reception), MoMA, 11 W 53rd St, New York

    • HDA GRAZ

      The Druot, Lacaton & Vassal Tour bois le Pretre exhibition is going into a third round, hosted by Haus der Architektur Graz. As at DAM Frankfurt and DAZ Berlin, the interiors of Tour Bois Le Pretre will displayed in 1:1 dioramas. And as in the two previous exhibitions, the approach of Lacaton & Vassal to open up the tower to the outside will translate and be applied to the spaces of HDA Graz. 27.09.2014, 6pm (opening reception and talk), Haus der Architektur, Mariahilferstraße 2, Graz


      Barkow Leibinger, Arno Brandlhuber, Jesko Fezer, Christoph Gengnagel, Gonzales Haase, Konstantin Grcic, June-14 Meyer-Grohbrügge & Chermayeff, Jürgen Mayer H, Sauerbruch Hutton and Something Fantastic have been discussing and now will present their personal re-edition of This Is Tomorrow, an exhibition and architectural statement that was first shown in 1956 in London. Something Fantastic's contribution to this project called How Soon Is Now is going to be a small collection of things that stand exemplarily for their idea of themes and tendencies in architecture and design, life and work, in the close future. 12.09.2014, 7pm (opening reception), Galerie Nolan Judin, Potsdamer Straße 83, Berlin


      Guillaume Habert, head of ETH Zurich's chair of sustainable construction invited Something Fantastic to hold a lecture on their understanding and practice of sustainable construction as part of his seminar. 07.05.2014, 4.45pm, E1, Campus Hönggerberg, ETH Zurich


      Something Fantastic's Berlin Rooftop House is going to be exhibited at the airbnb Pavilion on the 14th Venice Biennale next to works by Etienne Descloux, GRAU and Sergison Bates architects and others . The exhibition opens May 4th, but neither the exact address nor the time has been announced so far. We'll keep you posted. 04.05.2014, airbnb Pavilion, Venice


      Something Fantastic is presenting and discussing the APB – Catalogue of Popular Brazilian Architecture at the UP Bar at RECEPTION Gallery in the course of this season's gallery weekend. 03.05.2014, RECEPTION, 5PM, Kurfürstenstrasse 5/5a, Kurfürstenstrasse 5/5a, 10785 Berlin


      Something Fantastic is happy to announce that the work of the MAS Urban Design, Minha Casa–Nossa Cidade,
      is being exhibited in Rio de Janeiro at the occasion of a symposium on informal housing at the Museu de Arte do Rio, MAR. 03.04.2014, Museu MAR, Praça Mauá, 5, Centro, Rio de Janeiro


      Something Fantastic is happy and proud to announce the publication of the third MAS book on Brazilian Mass Housing, this time focusing on the State's social housing program Minha Casa, Minha Vida (My House, My Life), turning it into Minha Casa, Nossa Cidade (My House, Our City). Available now at a bookshop near you.


      Marc Angelil, Rainer Hehl and Something Fantastic is inviting everyone to join this semester's final crits of the MAS Urban Design. The 14 projects situated on sites in Paraisópolis and Cabuxo de Baixo, SP, are going to be discussed with Sarah Graham of agps architecture Zürich and a Project Leader of MMBB from Sao Paulo that is responsible for the current master plan of Paraisópolis. 14.12.2012, 9.00 am, ONA, Neunbrunnenstr. 50, Zürich


      Markus Miessen and Nikolaus Hirsch's publication on critical spatial practice is out now. Please note Something Fantastic's message from Rio.
      Sternberg Press 2012
      ISBN 978-3943365276
      240 pages, english
      available at Motto Berlin or elsewhere


      Something Fantastic was invited by Joachim Schultz-Granberg to hold a public lecture at his master class at Münster School of Architecture. 05.12.2012, 7.00 pm, Lecture hall LEO 1, Leonardo-Campus 5, Münster


      Something Fantastic is going to lecture together with Florian Fischer and Sebastian Multerer of Fischer Multerer at the opening of a lecture series with young architects at Hochschule München. 04.12.2012, 7.00 pm, Hochschule München, Lothstr. 34, München


      Something Fantastic contributed to the October issue of DOMUS with a selection of drawings of their favourite great ideas and the essay Long Life the Crisis that outlines a positive approach to the consequences of the crisis on quality, sustainability and innovation in architecture. The DOMUS October issue is available at news stands worldwide.


      The Dumpling Express is being presented at the exhibition Ma Cantine en Ville at VIA Paris on invitation by Damien Antoni and Lydia Blasco who initiated the exhibition project for the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine. The show will be on until November 18th and features their research on mobile kitchens worldwide as well as a choice of mobile kitchen projects like the Dumpling Express or Bow Wow's long dining-table-bike. 10.10.2012 - 18.11.2012, Galerie VIA, 29, Avenue Daumesnil, Paris


      The exhibition Druot, Lacaton & Vassal, Transformation eines 60er Jahre Wohnhochhauses curated by Ilka and Andreas Ruby in collaboration with Something Fantastic is focusing on the Tour Bois le Prêtre, the first PLUS-project to be realized in Paris. 06.10.2012 - 13.01.2012, Deutsches Architektur Museum Frankfurt, Schaumainkai 43, 60596 Frankfurt am Main


      The exhibition agps clues is being presented at AEDES Berlin. Something Fantastic cooperated with agps on the exhibition design. 17.09.2012 - 18.10.2012, AEDES Berlin, Christinenstr. 18-19, Berlin


      Something Fantastic and Ilka & Andreas Ruby present their participative book Thats Really Cool as a contribution to the spanish pavilion at the 13th Biennale di Architettura in Venice. The book invites everyone to share their favoutite idea in architecture and, by doing so, becoming a part of the Biennale exhibition. 29.08.2012 – 25.11.2012, Spanish Pavilion, Giardini, 13th Biennale di Architettura, Venice, Italy


      Something Fantastic is invited to contribute to Markus Miessen's event series 19 Hours at the Kiosk in the context of Between Walls and Windows - Architektur und Ideologie at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin on September 29th at 7pm. Next to a screening of Eduardo Coutinho's documentary Edificio Master Something Fantastic are going to mix their Brazilian favorite caipis: Sake-Litchi and Wodka-Maracuja, and talk on their take on the topic.

      The evening will be complemented with a DJ set and the appearance of performance artists Wet Nails.


      The exhibition Favela Rules! on the MAS Urban Design's outcome of its occupation with Cabuxo de Baixo is opening in Sao Paulo's central station. Heart of the exhibition is a 20-m-section of the area including buildings and infrastructure proposals in 1/100 scale. 30.06.2012 - 14.07.2012, Estação Júlio Prestes, São Paulo


      The Exhibition Cidade de Deus – City of God is opening the 26th of July in Rio de Janeiro. The show features the resulting prototypes of this year's MAS Urban Design at ETH Zurich, the 26-piece-collection of posters of essential ideas of student projects and research, and two exemplary strategies for both informal and social housing in CDD. 26.06.2012 - 08.07.2012, Studio X, Praça Tiradentes, 48, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


      Something Fantastic has been invited to lecture at The World is not Fair Fair initiated by Olafur Eliasson's Institut für Raumexperimente. 08.06.2012, 14.00 pm. The World is not Fair Fair, Tempelhofer Feld, Berlin


      Something Fantastic has been invited to critique the work of students of architecture at Paris Malaquais that focuses on ways of improving their spatial and political situation at the school and in relationship with the neighboring École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, initiated and supervised by Andreas Ruby. 07.06.2012, 12.00 pm. 14, Rue Bonaparte, 75272 Paris


      Something Fantastic has been invited to co-critique the current state of work at Prof. Jörg Stollmanns Chair for Urban Design and Architecture. 02.06.2012, 10.00 am. TU Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni, 10623 Berlin


      Post-Studio Tales is a residency-as-exhibition investigating »contemporary art practice and the spaces of its production«. For one month, eighteen artists and the project's three curators will stay and work at District Kunst- und Kulturförderung in a site-specific exhibition architecture designed by the Berlin-based architectural collective Something Fantastic. The lecture andpresentation series Raconter et rencontrer will take place on three days during the project; details and further events will be announced online.

      From 13.04.2012–30.04.2012, POST-STUDIO TALES will be open to visitors Wednesday–Friday 12.00pm - 6.00pm and Saturday–Sunday 2.00 pm - 6.00 pm as well as by appointment. For more information, please contact the curators either on site during opening hours or via email at post@district-berlin.com.

      District Berlin, Bessemerstraße 2-14, 12103 Berlin


      Something Fantastic will hold a talk about their office at the "Lehrcanapé" Lecture Series originally insituted with great acclaim by Lucius Burckhardt in the 1970s and revived by Phillip Ursprung and his Institute for Art and Architecture history at the ETH Zürich. 29.03.2012, 13.45 pm. ETH Zürich, Höngerberg, HIL E1


      The book "Reasons For Walling A House" edited by 51N4E and published by Ruby Press will be released on thursday
      the 15th of March between 4pm and 9pm. The publication contains pieces relating to 51N4E's Espeel-Vandenbrouckee residence by 51N4E, BeL, Andrea Branzi, Dirk Braeckman, Josse de Pauw, Enrique Marty and Something Fantastic.


      The exhibition "Reasons For Walling A House" currated by 51N4E will be opened on thursday the 15th of March between 4pm and 9pm. The exhibition contains pieces relating to 51N4E's Espeel-Vandenbroucke residence by 51N4E, BeL, Andrea Branzi, Dirk Braeckman, Josse de Pauw, Enrique Marty and Something Fantastic.
      Valerie Traan Gallery, Reyndersstraat 12, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium

      Photograph by Filip Dujardin


      Something Fantastic has been invited by Andreas Ruby to co-create a strategic study with his students on the ENSA Paris Malaquais' future development and its possible synergies with Paris Beaux Arts school.


      The municipality of São Paulo will present the book Building Brasil edited by Marc Angélil and Rainer Hehl in collaboration with Something Fantastic on the 17th of November at 7pm at the OCA, Parque do Ibirapuera as part of the 9a Bienal de Architectura de São Paulo.


      Something Fantastic will participate in the City of Future Conference initiated by the Goethe Institut and the Deutsches Architektur Museum [DAM]. Their will be a public lecture on thursday the 10th of November at 5pm at the DAM. Other lecturers include among others Arno Brandelhuber, Jan Liesegang of raumlabor Jörg Leeser of BeL and Steffan Rettich of KARO.


      Something Fantastic is working on an exhibition design with Matthias Boettger of raumtaktik, who is continuing his occupation on "Raumproduktion" with an exhibition in the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. Featured Artists are Ingrid Hora, Julika Gittner, Larissa Fassler, Juul Hondius and Alex Schweder.

    • UDK Buchshop 2011

      Something Fantastic is mentoring the student team of this year's UdK Buchshop that will open between 15th and 17th of July. The image shows the winning proposal of the interdisciplinary shop furniture competition that was supervised by Julian Schubert, Leonard Streich and Elena Schütz in collaboration with Axel Kufus.


      Something Fantastic has been invited by Rainer Hehl to develop a publication on Rio and Sao Paulo with master students of MAS, Marc Angélil' chair at the ETH Zürich. Next to two intense workshops Something Fantastic will spend large parts of the summer working with the stundents on bringing out the best of their work.


      Something Fantastic will hold a lecture at the sub.40 Discussion Forum at Kassel University on the 28th of June at 7.45pm. The Lecture and following Discussion will be held in front of Room 1140 at the Architectural Department.


      The current issue of the student initiated magazine for architectural discourse "Horizonte" of the Bauhaus Universität Weimar features an article on improvisation as an architectural technique written by Something Fantastic.


      Something Fantastic has been invited by the National Association of Norwegian Architects to give the inauguration lecture to "POP-UP", one of its "Year of Architecture" programmes marking the 100 year existence of the NAL. The Lecture will be held at the office of Snøhetta, thursday the 20th of january 2011, 7pm.


      Something Fantastic have been invited to Catalonia, Spain, as guest critics for the exhibition "Sensitive Matter" curated by Pere Buil, Carlos Cámara and Joan Vitòria that is going to be on display at Aedes Architecture Gallery between January 14th and 16th. Julian and Elena just travelled between Barcelona, Reus, Ollot and Palma to visit the work featured in the exhibition.


      Julian Schubert, Elena Schütz and Leonard Streich are presenting Something Fantastic – A Manifesto on Worlds, People, Cities and Houses at the Bauhaus University Weimar as part of the "Redefinition" program initiated by the editors of Horizonte.


      Something Fantastic has been shortlisted as one of the architecture firms to keep track of in 2011. Read the interview with Schubert, Schütz and Streich in Baunetzwoche #204.


      Julian Schubert, Elena Schütz and Leonard Streich will have the pleasure to co-present their contribution to the book Re-Iventing Construction edited by Ilka & Andreas Ruby. The evening will be further enchanced by presentations by Ilka & Andreas Ruby of Ruby Press, Phillip Vassal of Lacaton Vassal, Peter Swinnen of 51N4E, and Tobias Wallisser of Lava. The launch will be held at Aedes Network Campus Pfefferberg from 7pm.