Architecture Exhibitions International

Architektur Galerie Berlin SATELLIT

Vita Contemplativa
Christoph Hesse / Robert Konieczny / Snorre Stinessen

Jul 6–Aug 18, 2018
Photo: Christoph Hesse

Opening: July 5, 2018, 7 p.m.

Welcome: Ulrich Müller
Peter Cachola Schmal in conversation with Christoph Hesse, Robert Konieczny, Snorre Stinessen Tromsø and Thomas Kröger as guest

The exhibition “vita contemplativa” presents buildings by three architects from Germany, Poland, and Norway, whose work represents an intensive examination of the deeply rooted European notion of a way of life dedicat-ed to contemplation and reflection. The term vita contemplativa goes back to the ancient Greek philosophers, such as Aristotle and Epicurus. This notion was taken up and developed in the Middle Ages by religious thinkers including Benedict of Nursia and Thomas Aquinas, and in the 20th century by political philosopher Hannah Arendt. In response to the “spiritual  crises” of modern times, Pope Francis has called for people to draw inspiration from the Benedictine tradition of ora et labora in order “to find the right balance between…the peace of contemplation and the effort expend-ed in work” (Rome, 8 September 2016).
The projects on display address this search for balance in a common spirit, but in highly individual ways. Their message can be found in the architects’ personal biographies, the location of their projects, and the residents they involve. The focus is not on single-family homes in wealthy suburbs of large cities, but on the homes of people deeply rooted in their hometown, who have taken the conscious decision to live in a small community in order to develop their ideas and creativity.

Christoph Hesse_Villa F_2016_Foto Christoph Hesse
KWK Promes_Konieczny Archer_2015_Foto Jakub Certowicz
Stinessen Arkitektur_Manshausen_2016_Foto Steve King