On old Foundations -
Building in a historic context -
Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners
09.09.2011 – 06.05.2012
Former warehouse of the Fagus Factory, Alfeld,
Hannoversche Straße 58, 31061 Alfeld
The special exhibition by Hamburg architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners entitled "On Old Foundations", and "The Living Fagus Factory Monument" photographic exhibition, will continue to be open to visitors this year as part of the Fagus Gropius exhibition. The exhibitions have already attracted several thousand visitors!
"On Old Foundations" is an exhibition staged by the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners as homage to the Fagus Factory UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. 17 of their projects – each with its own history – are presented in four sections in the rooms of the former storage building. The narrative covers both the handling of the historic aspects as well as the conceptual response to the respective setting. Even in their stadium projects, such as those for the 2012 European Football Championship in Poland and Ukraine, the architects not only deal with the size of football pitches and spectacular roof constructions, but also research the history of the sites, including previous buildings. This results in a rich plethora of diverse architectural options; in particular, it becomes apparent that responsible building always requires architects to respond to the history of a place.