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Elements of Architecture looks under a microscope at the fundamentals of our buildings, used by any architect, anywhere, anytime: the floor, the wall, the ceiling, the roof, the door, the window, the façade, the balcony, the corridor, the fireplace, the toilet, the stair, the escalator, the elevator, the ramp. The exhibition is a selection of the most revealing, surprising, and unknown moments from a new book, Elements of Architecture, that reconstructs the global history of each element. It brings together ancient, past, current, and future versions of the elements in rooms that are each dedicated to a single element. To create diverse experiences, we have recreated a number of very different environments – archive, museum, factory, laboratory, mock-up, simulation…


Central Pavilion

directed by
Rem Koolhaas


Federico Martelli
James Westcott
Stephan Petermann
Janna Bystrykh
Antonio Barone
Rebecca Bego
Ben Davis
Giulia Foscari
Alice Grégoire
Caroline James
Alexander Karadjian,
Sofia Koutsenko
Brigitta Lenz
Elizabeth Macwillie
Tiffany Maria Obser
Mikel Orbegozo
Nicholas Potts
Cédric van Parys,
Todd Reisz
Annie Wang
Eric Williams
Sergio Zapata

Research and development
Stephan Trüby & Technische Universität München

Research associate
Manfredo di Robilant

Graphic design
Irma Boom, ibo


Harvard University Graduate school of design

Cynthia Dehlavi

Stefan Dileo

Heather Dunbar

Elizabeth Eckels

Elle Gerdeman

Andrew Gipe

Patrick Hamon

See Jia Ho

Jenny Hong

Kangil Ji

Alison Kung

Will Lambeth

Jingheng Lao

Alison Ledwith

Difei Ma

Elizabeth Macwillie

Arthur Liu

Jielu Lu

Kurt Nieminen

Tiffany Maria Obser

Nicholas Potts

Annie Wang

Eric Williams

Max Wong


Tom Avermaete with Tu Delft

Keller Easterling and Yale University

Davide Rapp

Alejandro Zaera-Polo with Princeton University School Of Architecture



The Brooking National Collection

Eindhoven University Of Technology Robotics, Faculty of Architecture

The Harley Gallery, Welbeck Abbey


Friedrich-Mielke-Institut Für Scalalogie


Walter Niedermayr

Het Nieuwe Insituut Rotterdam

Tim Nugent

Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg

Claude Parent

Mit Senseable City Lab

The Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale Of Urbanism\Architecture

Sobinco NV

Wolfgang Tillmans


Alexander Kira

SIAF/Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine/Archives d'architecture du XXe siècle

Arup Mass Motion

Arup Realtime Synthetic Environment

Assa Abloy

Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Barkow Leibinger

Burg Hochosterwitz

Carlo Ratti

Centre Pompidou – Mnam – Bibliothèque Kandinsky

Cities collective: Adam Frampton, Jonathan D. Solomon, and Clara Wong

Claudi Cornaz

Collection Fonds Regional D’Art

Contemporain du Centre, Orléans

Cultural Heritage Agency Of The Netherlands

Eoos / Eawag

Factum Arte, Madrid

Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venezia

Francis Kéré Studio


gta Archive / ETH Zürich

Hans Werlemann

Jeld Wen Germany

William E. Jones

ajp bathrooms



Lerch Bates

Lixil Corporation

London Transport Museum

Mecanoo Architecten

Mit Computer Science And Artificial Intelligence lab

Fondazione Musei Civici - Soprintendenza Speciale Polo Museale, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Venezia

Museo Regional de Atacama

Museu De Prehistoria De Valencia

National Museum Of World Cultures, Amsterdam

Neil England, Historic Buildings Analysis

One Simulations

Permasteelisa Group

Peter Greenaway

Rapid Studio

Richard Henry


Schusev State Museum Of Architecture, Moscow

Future Shape GmbH

Tate Liverpool

The Russian Museum Of Ethnography, St. Petersburg

The Trustees of The British Museum

Thyssenkrupp, Norte, s.a.

Toilet Museum Gmunden


University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign

Vito Acconci & Claire Lehmann

Weald And Downland Open Air Museum

Zaha Hadid Architects


Biennale Architettura 2014
Biennale Architettura 2014