Matthias Sauerbruch; Louisa Hutton; Juan Lucas Young
The early GSW office building in Berlin, the Jessop West building for the University of Sheffield, the ‘Woodie’ student housing in Hamburg, the many museums and office headquarter buildings completed and published, all show the ability of Sauerbruch Hutton to create a palpable sense of well-being within their spaces. This is achieved by their innate skill in the making of pleasurable, physical environments which exude a sense of calm and comfort.
Within the FREESPACE theme their work represents a number of the aspirations of our manifesto. This exhibit is inviting to the visitor, offers a place of repose, and reflects the generosity of spirit of the M9 Museum building in Mestre, where they open up spaces to the community, and use “exposed concrete and ceramic to provide a haptic materiality that corresponds with the cocciopesto finishes of the existing historic buildings”.
Sauerbruch Hutton are known for their use of colour as an inherent part of their architectural language. They say that colour blurs the physical limitations of space, provides visual delight, and enriches perception and haptic experience. This colourful celebratory exhibit represents their own work, but is also reminiscent of the festive banners, flags, masks and costumes of Venice, and so it succeeds in transporting a piece of this wonderful city into the Corderie.