a research project on aquatic botany and modernist architecture by CENTRALA and curator Aleksandra Kędziorek, Brno–Padua–Barcelona, July 2021–ongoing

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a research project on aquatic botany and modernist architecture by CENTRALA and curator Aleksandra Kędziorek, Brno–Padua–Barcelona, July 2021–ongoing

The project aims at restoring waterlilies in the pool of the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona. The installation, planned together with the Mies van der Rohe Foundation for the 2022 International Biennial of Landscape Architecture, recalls waterlilies that originally formed part of the 1929 project by Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich, and were left out during the 1980s reconstruction. The project follows our few-year research on the relationship between hydrobotany and architecture. It also contributes to current discussions on designing urban microclimates and blue-green infrastructures, pointing to a relevant, but overlooked chapter in the history of modern architecture. We will work together with experts in Mies van der Rohe’s architecture, heritage preservation and cultivation of aquatic plants, and present results of our research to an international audience in a form of an installation in the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona in 2022 accompanied by a publication.

Tugendhat Villa 11 www.tugendhat.eu The Villa of Greta and Fritz Tugendhat, designed by the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and built in 1929–1930, is a monument of modern architecture, and is the only example of modern architecture in the Czech Republic inscribed in the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites ↩︎ in Brno allowed us to check one of the waterlilies’ spot in Mies van der Rohe’s architecture. It is the first step in our grand research tour made possible thanks to Iportunus mobility grant. A project that will lead us to bringing waterlilies back to Mies van der Rohe’s architecture in spring of 2022, starting from the pavilion in Barcelona.

Photo Simone De Iacobis, 2021

Different architectural forms for aquatic plants in the Botanical Garden in Brno.

Photo Simone De Iacobis, 2021
Project is organized thanks to the i-Portunus mobility grant.

 

Cover photo: Nymphaea, sagittaria and cyperus once inhabited the pool in the Tugendhat Villa. They helped purify the water without the use of chemicals. Image: Rudolf Sandalo Jr., 1931. Collection of the Brno City Museum, Department of Architecture.

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