Open for Maintenance is not an exhibition. It is an action framework for a building culture beyond the prevailing model hinging on the exploitation of resources and humans. The spotlight is put on previously used materials gathered from over 40 national pavilions and exhibitions at the 2022 Art Biennale, as well as on a broad network of Venetian and German activist groups. By carefully working with the existing—in material, social, and urban terms—the German Pavilion renders visible processes of spatial and social care work which are usually kept hidden.
Open for Maintenance squats and maintains the German Pavilion “as found,” including Maria Eichhorn’s contribution Relocating a Structure for the 2022 Art Biennale. In this way, the Art and Architecture Biennales become spatially and programmatically interwoven for the first time. The new architectural interventions are oriented towards local needs and include a ramp for accessibility, an ecological and nondiscriminatory bathroom, a space for meetings, a kitchenette, a material repository, and a workshop. The interventions, made entirely with materials salvaged from the 2022 Art Biennale, address questions of social and spatial inclusion in addition to resource issues. Open for Maintenance transforms the monumental German Pavilion into a living place of (re)production. Assisting various groups from civil society, university students and crafts apprentices will help to maintain, repair, and care for social infrastructures across Venice as part of the Maintenance 1:1 workshop program. Designing with the unpredictable—be it the unknown availability of materials or the open-ended participatory processes—generates creative possibilities that spell an optimistic outlook for architecture while simultaneously contributing to its regeneration as a social practice.
‘San Riemo’ is the first housing project realised by the KOOPERATIVE GROSSSTADT, a cooperative founded in 2015. It is designed as a spatial infrastructure that allows for pluralistic forms of living within one robust basic structure. The possible plan of the apartments is outlined by concrete beams on the ceiling: room-units have a neutral size of 14 square meters – just big enough for a living room and not too lavish for a child’s room. Larger rooms are created by combining several room axes into one unit.
The large kitchen in the center of every unit is not purely a place for cooking, but at the same time a living entrance hall and large distribution space that allows for a non-hierarchic organization of the surrounding rooms. The spatial variety arises as the structural grid is filled with non-load-bearing drywalls. The residents themselves decided which grid axes should be filled with walls, how open the connections between rooms are, and where doors are positioned. By adding doors between appartments, the possibility of swapping rooms with neighbouring flats was implemented in several units. Many appartments also share larger rooms with neighbouring flats: sometimes up to 4 to 5 appartments share a common room that can be freely programmed.
The structure allows for flexibility in the near or far future: neutral room sizes, rooms that can be switched back and forth between different units, and the possibility to add or remove partition walls within the concrete skeleton. The heart of the house is an open communal area on the ground floor. This 4 metre high hall extends from the main entrance as an inner street through the whole house. It serves as a circulation space, laundry room, communal kitchen, library, stroller storage, workshop, and much more besides. On the way to the stairs and elevators you meet neighbours doing their laundry, baking cookies together and exchanging books.
San Riemo received the “DAM Preis 2022” of the Deutsches Architekturmuseum!
VDK&C4 factory is a common work-, production- and above all meeting place for two small companies. The project is situated on the outskirts of the city on an industrial site dominated by concrete industrial halls. Without denying the context, the building on the prominent corner plot tries to counteract the anonymity of the surrounding buildings, creating a recognizable “place”. By shifting color, composition and form, typical elements and materials from contemporary industrial construction are abstracted, so that they acquire a new peculiar character. Heart of the building is a triangular courtyard, which breaks the rational rectangular shed, creating a collective meeting space and providing the interior spaces around with light and a view into the greenery. The garden divides the building into three parts: the joinery, the coffee roaster and a storage area. On top of the lower storage area is a communal roof terrace, which can be used by both parties.
The semi-attached house situated between a quiet street on the outskirts of Ghent and a popular birdwatching nature reservoir is standing shoulder to shoulder as the submissive counterpart to the taller and larger neighbor house. Due to the ground conditions and several previous alterations, the construction had been weakened, resulting in it starting to tilt. Rather than demolishing the building, we decided to add a supporting structure in the form of a tower. This open steel tower serves as a new gate to the property and made it possible to relocate the entrance from the ground to the first floor. The new position of the entrance also allowed us to lift the common living areas from the dark groundfloor to the two upper floors, offering the view to the green landscape behind the house as well as providing more daylight. The house is realized with an extensive use of reused elements and materials from different buildings in the area, such as windows, doors, stairs, timber, bricks, roof tiles and even insulation.
Located in the fields on the edge of the city, Meschenisch is a place strongly associated with its large-scale housing development from the seventies – which became famous for its severe social problems in the past. The Sport Club Meschenisch, as a meetingpoint for children and young people is of great importance for the social integration of a huge diversity of cultural and social backgrounds. Despite the extremely tight, publicly funded budget, the new clubhouse presents itself confidently and optimistically and offers a clear identification for the young people and adults of the neighborhood. The compact and wheelchair accessible building offers changing rooms, sanitary facilities, offices, and a multifunctional club room inside. A wide outside staircase offers space for spectators of the football game.
Büro Juliane Greb, an architectural practice based in Ghent, was founded in 2015 by Juliane Greb (°1985) and has been run in partnership with Petter Krag (°1978) since 2017.
The office is dedicated to an anti-exclusive architecture, which is accessible in a social, physical and emotional sense.
In 2022, Büro Juliane Greb and Summacumfemmer were awarded the DAM Architecture Prize for their cooperative housing project “San Riemo” in Munich-Riem. The practice recently received recognition in Belgium with the project VDK&Cube4 factory, featured in the Flanders Architectural Review.
In addition to her architectural practice, Juliane Greb has contributed to the theoretical discourse on affordable and community-oriented housing, including on the editorial team of ARCH+. In recent years she has been teaching at the UAntwerp, TU Delft and is holding the International Visiting Professorship at the PBSA Düsseldorf.
Juliane Greb and Petter Krag together with ARCH+ and Summacumfemmer have been selected to curate the German pavilion at the 18th Biennale Architettura di Venezia in 2023. The exhibition “Open for Maintenance / Wegen Umbau geöffnet” is set to explore topics such as repair, maintenance, and care, as well as new alliances and forms of solidarity in architectural practice.
Collaborators: Noémie Crick, Lina Etzkorn, Anna Hugot, Olaf Koulen, Vittorio Romieri, Luisa Schumann
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Civic Design Conference, The Non-Sexist City, December 2022
San Riemo, Seminar Urban Base LUH Hannover, June 2022
Baukulturwerkstatt Dortmund, December 2021
Two for One, TU Kaiserslautern, December 2021
Werkvortrag Studio Integral Architecture TU Graz, June 2021
San Riemo – 33 Erkundungen BAU ONLINE Kongress München , January 2021
Werkvortrag Gasthaus RWTH Aachen, December 2020
San Riemo „Wie wir leben wollen“ Architektenkammer Hamburg, October 2020
Werkvortrag RWTH Aachen, May 2018
31.03.22 – today International Visiting Professor PBSA Düsseldorf
15.09.21 – today
Assistant professor University of Antwerp
01.02.22 – 01.08.2022 Masterstudio TU Delft, chair of Urban Architecture, Prof. Paul Vermeulen
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology – Studio Maarten Gielen ROTOR, July 2022
RWTH Aachen, Lehrstuhl für Wohnbau und Entwerfen, studio M1″Wohnwandel” May-August 2022
KU Leuven, campus Ghent Sint Lucas, Studio Olivier Goethals & Floris De Bruyn, January 2022
TU München, Lehrstuhl Raumkunst und Lichtgestaltung Vertretungsprofessur Reem Almannai & Florian Fischer, January 2021
RWTH Aachen, Gasthaus Lehrstuhl Raumgestaltung, December 2020
TU Darmstadt, Fachgebiet Entwerfen und Wohnungsbau Prof. Elli Mosayebi, July 2018
ETH Zürich, Departement Architektur Prof. Christian Kerez, May 2016
KU Leuven, campus Ghent Sint Lucas “Spitsweek”, March 2013
Participants: Dr. Ariane Krause (Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and
Ornamental Crops), Michel Riechmann (EAWAG), Ludovico Centis (The Empire), Eleftheria Xenikakis (Kollektiv für Angepasste Technik)
Organized in partnership with SUMMACUMFEMMER
Op zoek naar collectief wonen als alternatief voor commerciële projectontwikkeling
Our concept “Open for Maintenance / Wegen Umbau geöffnet” was selected by the expert commission chaired by Peter Cachola Schmal, Director of Deutsches Architekturmuseum. The commissioner of the contribution is the Federal Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Construction. “Open for Maintenance / Wegen Umbau geöffnet” aims to demonstrate the opportunities and potentials of the upcoming tasks for sustainable, social and inclusive architecture and urban design by means of concrete examples – and thus translate the Biennale motto “The Laboratory of the Future” by Lesley Lokko, curator of the 18th Architecture Biennale, into practice. Topics such as repair, maintenance and care as well as new alliances and forms of solidarity in architectural practice are at the center of the German contribution.
online symposium and exhibition at The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, NY, read more here.
Die KOOPERATIVE GROSSSTADT eG lobt für Ihren vierten Wohnungsbau einen offenen zweiphasigen Realisierungswettbewerb aus und startet einen offenen Aufruf zur Teilnahme an alle interessierten Architekt*innen. Read more here
this summer, Juliane Greb holds the International Visiting Professorship at PBSA Düsseldorf. Read more here
Essay on DAM Preis finalist project “Scheune Prädikow, Prötzel” by Hütten & Paläste
“…the 2022 Civic Design Conference “The Non-Sexist City” wants to explore the principles and mechanisms of the Sexist and the Non-Sexist City alike. We want to learn about the historic and contemporary discourse on this subject and establish a vibrant discussion on these issues throughout and beyond our program…”
San Riemo (Büro Juliane Greb & Summacumfemmer) wins DAM Preis für Architektur in Deutschland 2022
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJFlyHsrquk (ab 1h 09min)