Design of 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, Something Fantastic has completed a design study
for a 960-room-hotel building on the current site of the ICC parking lot at the south end of the building.
Conceptually, the hotel is closely connected to future ICCC,
sharing and complementing each others range of restaurants, business and recreational amenities
and thereby carrying forward ICCC's basic concept of creating a surplus value through
well-managed synergies, efficient organization and flexible use.
Architecturally, the spacious 9th-floor-lobby is the basis of three slender towers
that offer a strikingly high ratio of corner rooms and rooms with free views towards Berlin and Grunewald.
In order to achieve an efficient circulation and space-saving emergency circulation system despite their
slender proportions,the three towers are connected to each other at two points,
oscillating visually in between a great solid wall and a line of independent towers.
This Is Tomorrow (für einen Kopfarbeiter)
Speculation on Working and Living
This Is Tomorrow (für einen Kopfarbeiter) is Something Fantastic's contribution to
the group show How Soon is Now, initiated by Frank Barkow, Arno Brandlhuber and Sam Chermayeff.
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 conceptualized 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 the studio's ideas of what tomorrow should be like.
Basic statements that were first presented at one of the group's early meetings, like 'it will be painted,' 'it will be thin,' 'it will be heavy,'
'it will have a roof,' and 'not everything will be aligned,' were translated and combined 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.
The overall installation can be read as a loosely defined, open working environment that displays
Something Fantastic's idea of not only a basic office space, but also one for an architect.
Future Utilization Concept for ICC Berlin
Something Fantastic joined a team led by Bureau N in order to develop a spatial and programmatic concept for
the recently closed ICC building in Berlin's westend. The concept of ICCC, an International Center for Contemporary Culture,
is the core idea of the group's proposition for a further use of the building without completely changing its architectural and functional features.
The project, commissioned by an interested investor with strategic focus on arts and culture related to the the further development, is ongoing.
Something Fantastic analyzed and categorized the existing 32000 sqm GFA of the building
in order to identify existing potentials and problems, one of which is extremely high maintenance and operation costs.
PERRET SCHAAD SS 2015
Fashion Show Concept
Something Fantastic collaborated on another Fashion Show concept with PERRET SCHAAD for their SS2015 presentation.
The exclusive location at Berlin Kronprinzenpalais' garden is surrounded by typical Berlin Mitte construction sites. This interesting tension
was supported and intensified by abstract, coloured surfaces reminiscent of analog collages.
The guests were seated on the lawn, along two central runways to allow both closeup and total views of the collection.
On behalf of Housing Cooperative De Arc and a group of thirty future inhabitants,
Something Fantastic designed a communal apartment building in Turnout, Belgium,on the basis
of the Speculations proposal conceived in 2013 for the Flemish Bouwmeester.
The row house typology is grouped around a very generous, covered communal greenhouse space.
Large, adjacent living rooms and kitchens can be shared in smaller groups or be used individually,
according to the each dwellers' familiar situation and temporary needs.
Towards the outer edge of the building, private bathrooms, bedrooms, and studies are arranged,
to offer a maximum of privacy to each individual. Minimizing the space used per capita, and thereby solving
a more and more pressing problem in Belgium, the shrinkage of unbuilt environment,
this building offers a generous variety of space and place for its inhabitants, and even their neighbors,
without cutting privacy and comfort.
PERRET SCHAAD FW 2014/15
Fashion Show Concept
Something Fantastic collaborated on another fashion show concept with PERRET SCHAAD for their FW 2014/15 presentation.
The intimate, exclusive atmosphere of a comparably small room at David Chipperfield's office in Mitte was combined
with the mysterious glow of a huge moonlight lamp situated in the backyard as the models accented onto a shoulder high runway.
The audience was able to watch the 21 Looks of the FW 2014/15 collection not only from inside, but also from the backyard and the street.
The models presented themselves on top of a partly mirrored, partly marble-glad stair,
that was envisioned to achieve visiblity but also to accomodate all necessary technical equipment.
Photos: Zara Pfeifer
HOUSE ON THE ROOF
Concept and Design of a home in Berlin
Something Fantastic teamed up with Hans-Georg Bauer, a climate modelling expert and PhD candidate at UdK Berlin,
and Julien Nembrini, mathematician from Lausanne, to plan, optimize, and eventually realize a small, lightweight house on a Berlin roof
that is highly optimized regarding comfort, energy consumption, spatial generosity and efficiency.
Inspired by both Lacaton & Vassal's work in general, and the Hegemonietempel in particular, the building is supposed to be a radical,
inspiring role model for densified urban housing, that offers a large degree of individuality and unique qualities.
Furthermore the project is to proof that sustainable building and living can be achieved at a low price.
The estimated budget for the compact 150sqm structure is </= 100 000EUR.
We are still looking for a flat rooftop as building ground, and are grateful for suggestions/offers.
Model: Friedemann Heckel
PERRET SCHAAD SS2014
Fashion Show Concept
Something Fantastic collaborated with PERRET SCHAAD on a fashion show concept for their SS2014 presentation.
Choosing the Neue Nationalgalerie as show location made it possible to do without decorative or functional additions.
The high aesthetic standards of the brand and comparably low budget inspired a borderline informal, minimal invasive, jet highly exclusive and elegant show concept:
The 25 models got tickets for the ongoing exhibition while the invited – as well as the randomly attending crowd – watched from behind the glass facade.
Research-to-Design on Communal Housing in Flanders
Something Fantastic joined forces with Belgian and Dutch architecture and urban planning firms TRANS, V+ and Monadnock,
several speclialized consultants and artist Filip Dujardin on a research project that is supposed to lead to a number of model projects for communal housing in Flanders.
Reacting on the Flemish Bouwmester Peter Swinnen's initiative, the team decided to concentrate on successful organizational principles
as known from countries like Switzerland, Japan and Germany in combination with different kinds of production and agriculture.
The three designs proposed by Something Fantastic are a combination of a Baugruppe and a greenhouse, a larger scale Coop and a logistic hall,
and the idea of the split single family house as an 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
that exceeds the financial investments in the long run. The close spatial juxtaposition of aspects of life –like work, private life, leisure and mobility–
would allow for a number of synergies like for example the double-use of space according to daytime,
and would incite to reduce negative impacts those aspects have on each other.
A GREAT VILLAGE
Urban Agenda for the City of Gooik, Flanders
Something Fantastic developed an urban agenda for the City of Gooik commissioned by the Vlaams Bouwmeester in Bruxelles.
The design is rooted in the insight that Flanders is very good at combining all kinds of functions from industry
over agriculture to living and leisure and is therefore a potentially very interesting and sustainable place.
The general believe that one cannot push functions that support peoples lives aside but that they could, to the contrary, be strong assets
of a multifaceted, prosperous habitat is in Something Fantastic's proposal for Gooik 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.
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.
Additional functions can be added and are immediately connected to the heart of the city.
The lack of space for music classes or municipal gatherings can partly be solved without building anything new,
just by using the spaces available more flexibly. Being a low budget project, the Pergola also has a high symbolic value
and could be a first step for Gooik towards becoming a great contemporary village
that gains its quality from combining all aspects of life within its limits.
druot, Lacaton & Vassal
Exhibition Concept an Design, DAM Frankfurt
The Exhibition Druot, Lacaton & Vassal–Transformation of a 1960s Residential Highrise at Deutsches Architektur
Museum Frankfurt opened on Oktober 5th in the presence of Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal.
Curated and realized by Ilka and Andreas Ruby in collaboration with Something Fantastic, the exhibition transfers
the spatial qualities of the new Tour Bois le Prêtre into the 3rd floor of the 1984 by O.M. Ungers designed exhibition hall.
It features real-size photographs of Tour Bois le Prêtre's interiors and an office space constantly open to visitors
in which, during the course of the exhibition, a feasibility study of Lacaton & Vassal's PLUS Principle
with regard to a Highrise building in Frankfurt is being produced.
Maybe, maybe not
Fictional research project, Flanders, Belgium
Art Collectors Julie and Michel Vandenbrouke decided to launch an artist's residency program
in their own house in Flanders after having had it redesigned by 51N4E in 2003.
Something Fantastic visited the two in early 2010, enjoyed their great hospitality and produced Maybe, Maybe Not.
The series of photos, drawings and texts references to fragments of reality found in the countryside of Belgium.
Maybe, Maybe Not is 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',
that documents the first 7 contributions to Julie and Michel Vandenbrouke's ongoing artist's residency project.
The book was publishd by Ruby Press and edited 51N4E.
POST STUDIO TALES
Spatial concept and realization, District Berlin
Something Fantastic designed a spatial grid for the residency-as-exhibition project Post Studio Tales at district Berlin.
Over the course of three weeks 18 artists lived and worked in the structure that provided space for exhibiting,
working, living and gathering. In order to keep the usual pile of trash after an art exhibition minimal,
the spatial structure was made from rented standard scaffolding members.
During the show the artists installed their ideal atelier situation with the help of 800 sqm recycled paper.
The only pre-defined spaces were: the Kitchen and the Long Table on the Big Square.
Every other spatial constellation–and its degree of privateness–was 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?
Question 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.
Sistiana, Province of Trieste, Italy
Something Fantastic designed a holiday home at the Adriatic sea near Sistiana,
in the Province of Trieste, Italy. 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
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.
A Manifesto by Three Young Architects on Worlds, People, Cities, And Houses
Ruby Press, 2010
English, 218 pages, 18 x 29,7 cm, paperback
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.
Ilka & Andreas Ruby (Eds.). With an Illustrated Index by Something Fantastic, 2010
English, 440 pages, 17,5 x 23,5 cm, hardcover
THE CRYSTAL LAMPS
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
Something Fantastic is commissioned to design and build an annex to a semi-detached
single family house in Langen near Frankfurt.
THE DUMPLING EXPRESS
A cooking machine made for the city
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.