Architecture Assemblage. Collecting by Franziska Senz


Personal Info

Name: Franziska Senz

Nationality: German

Institution / Company: State Academy of Fine Arts and Design Stuttgart, Germany


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-HONOURABLE MENTION of Non Architecture Award Competition | Category: Aspatial


It is about designing in the present with the past for the future. By being able to create narratives with the existing architecture for the future, we transform history, we keep it alive and let it develop further. This project is the concept of a collection which, through assemblages, develops into an apparatus that produces narratives.


The architecture of an object – made up of objects without context in the sense of location, program and space – is created. In the creation process the understanding of context lies in the narration of the individual architectural elements in their neighbourhoods. This means that context does not have a functional, but a fictional assignment. Artificial contexts arise through collecting and assembling – in the apparatus.


This apparatus makes the narratives and relationships visible and keeps them accessible. In this way, narratives can be detached, pulled out or transformed – the apparatus can be expanded and changed. One can say, the result of the project, the apparatus – in and out of the concept of a collection – is the basis of my architectural work. A work in which the present can be used to design the future with the past.


Project Type:

It is a theoretical as well as a design project, which is based on an artistic, conceptual work, so that there is no claim to feasibility. The concept of a collection is the focus of the project and can then be continued. An utilisation of the collection is not part of the work. It must also be pointed out that a collection is a methodology of many possible – but this one enables me to gain access to the architectural thinking of today. An approach to our contemporary architecture, which has never been so pluralistic in its understanding of what architecture is or can be. 

For centuries, the assemblage has repeatedly formed the basis of contemporary architecture in different cultures by acting as a development from the past into a future. This is exactly what makes assembling relevant today. Because building has to break away from the modern dogma of building. In other words, something new can arise from a recombination of what is known. It is not just about the sensitive handling of material, but also about our forms and motifs.


Jury Comments

– Fosbury Architecture

Interesting proposal. It is appreciated both the formal exercise and a critical form of cynicism which appears not just from the text description, but also from the choice of the images themselves. The unconventional representational technique was certainly another aspect that was worth the intention to award this contribution.

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