Sauerbruch Hutton Architects

Icons & Media Art
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German (Germany)

Documenta artist Harun Farocki accompanies the Berlin architectural firm of the same name, Sauerbruch Hutton. Their buildings stand for sustainability and a playful design. The architects Sauerbruch and Hutton gained recognition for their design of the GSW high rise in the Kreuzberg area of Berlin. The 18-floor, curved slab buidling has hundreds of windows with blinds, each with a slightly different color from the next. The effect is a monumental composition that changes daily, or even by the hour, as residents shade the sunlight by lowering or raising raise or lower their window blinds. "The structures of these two architects appeal to me. They are are lavish with ideas while remaining dedicated to ecological efficiency. They are playful without being arbitrary. They are bound to the formal language of modernity without being dogmatic." Harun Farocki