Five architectural firms have captured attention “far and wide” across the region, taking part in competitions and discussions. They all have something to do with South Tyrol, some of them left, others returned, others still have remained away and only move to work on single projects or collaborate with partners of other nations.
They all work in contextual dimensions, where context does not only have a geographical connotation, and proceed building what they find in an intelligent, demanding and responsible way.
They witness the potential of this land, blessed with a “unique ideological philosophy”, and how an architecture with conceptual connotations may lead to excellent results. It is symptomatic that, except for one single case, they are engaged in public projects, virtually the only platform that allows ambitious architects to transform the stratified potential of this land into an architecture that is coherent, demanding and far from the philosophy of terrace houses or other “realsocialist hotchpotches”.
They are five different principles with no pretence of perfection, which emit an architectural fire, reviving topics of discussion and disagreement. It is not a question of an anthological principle, therefore consciously imperfect, as the aim is to originate dialectic principles related to the South Tyrolean architectural scenario, principles that are so fundamental to this region.
It is not by chance that the exhibition is held here. Indeed, since its foundation, the Museum Gallery AR/GE KUNST has focused on the relationship between art and architecture. And it is not by chance that the five participants have one evening each to free architecture from the essence of its specific technical function and explain these principles, which are linked and interdisciplinary, by means of the architectural exhibition.