ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES

Johan Celsing on Erik Gunnar Asplund's Woodland Cemetery sectional studies, 1935, model 1 – Drawing Matter

Johan Celsing (*1955), On Erik Gunnar Asplund's Woodland Cemetery sectional studies, 1935, 2019. Epoxy resin.

Gustav Appell, On Asplund's Villa Snellman, 1917 – Drawing Matter

Gustav Appell Arkitektkontor (*2007), On Erik Gunnar Asplund's Villa Snellman, Djursholm, 1917, 2018. Wood.

Tony Fretton on Gunnar Asplund, Stennas, 1937 – Drawing Matter

Tony Fretton (*1945), Tony Fretton on Erik Gunnar Asplund's Stennäs, 1937, 2018. Wood.

Takeshi Hayatsu and Charles-Dominique-Joseph Eisen, Frontispiece for Laugier's Essai..., c. 1754, DM 1240 (composite) – Drawing Matter

Hayatsu Architects, <i>On Charles-Dominique-Joseph Eisen's Frontispiece for Laugier's Essai sur l'architecture, c. 1754</i>, 2018. Bronze.

Christ & Gantenbein: On Louis Kahn's Kansas City Office Tower, 1972 – Drawing Matter

Christ & Gantenbein (*1998), Emanuel Christ (*) and Christoph Gantenbein (*), On Louis Kahn's Kansas City Office Tower, 1972, 2018. Model.

Office Winhov on D.H. Burnham & Company's City State Bank Building addition, Chicago, 1927 – Drawing Matter

Office Winhov (*1993), Uri Gilad (*1977) and Jan Peter Wingender (*1965), On D.H. Burnham & Company's City State Bank Building addition, Chicago, 1927, 2019. Model.

Baukuh, On John Hejduk's Drawing for 'Fabrication', 1972 – Drawing Matter

Baukuh (*2004), Paolo Carpi (*1974), Silvia Lupi (*1973), Vittorio Pizzigoni (*1975), Giacomo Summa (*1976), Pier Paolo Tamburelli (*1976) and Andrea Zanderigo (*1974), On John Hejduk's Drawing for 'Fabrication': Energy, 1972, 2018. Model.

David Kohn, on John Hejduk's Wall House, 1972 – Drawing Matter

David Kohn (*1972), On John Hejduk's Wall House, 1972, 2019. Model.

Stephen Bates on Cadbury-Brown's Royal College of Art extension, 1972 – Drawing Matter

Stephen Bates (*1964), On Cadbury-Brown's Royal College of Art extension, 1972, 2018. Plaster.

Jonathan Sergison on Carlos Diniz's Hillrise Apartments, Honolulu, 1970 – Drawing Matter

Jonathan Sergison (*1964), On Carlos Diniz's HIllrise Apartments, Honolulu, 1970, 2018. Model.

Bardakhanova Champkins, On Virgilio Marchi, Cinema Odeon, Livorno, 1940 – Drawing Matter

Bardakhanova Champkins (*2010), Virgilio Marchi, Cinema Odeon, Livorno, 1940, 2018. Model.

Conen Sigl on Giuseppe Chiantarelli's Casa Pseudourbana: wall decoration from Pompeii,1795 – Drawing Matter

Conen Sigl Architekten (*2011), Maria Conen (*1979) and Raoul Sigl (*1978), On Giuseppe Chiantarelli's Casa Pseudourbana: wall decoration from Pompeii,1795, 2019. Model.

Tom de Paor on Hans Poelzig's Grosses Stadspeilhaus, Grosses Schauspielhaus, Theater der Massen, Berlin, 1919, image 10 – Drawing Matter

Tom de Paor (*1967), On Hans Poelzig's Grosses Stadspeilhaus, Grosses Schauspielhaus, Theater der Massen, Berlin, 1919, 2018. Cardboard and paper clip.

Caruso St John and Siw Thomas: On Hans Poelzig's sketches, c. 1920s – Drawing Matter

Caruso St John Architects (*1990), Adam Caruso (*), Peter St John (*) and Siw Thomas (*), On Hans Poelzig's sketches, c. 1920s, 2019. Ceramic.

Hans Poelzig, Grosses Schauspielhaus, Theater der Massen, 1919, DM 2190.3 – Drawing Matter

Hans Poelzig (1869–1936), Grosses Schauspielhaus, Theater der Massen, 1919. Black pencil on paper, 190 × 270 mm.

Robbrecht en Daem, On Corbusier's Chapel de Notre-Dame-du-Haut, Ronchamp: plaster model of the south wall, 1950, model 2 – Drawing Matter

Paul Robbrecht (*1950), Hilde Daem (*1950) and Johannes Robbrecht (*1977), On Corbusier's Chapel de Notre-Dame-du-Haut, Ronchamp: plaster model of the south wall, 1950, 2018. Plaster.

ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES

Acknowledging that architecture is a corpus of inherited ideas, Alternative Histories invited more than 80 contemporary practices in the UK and Europe to imagine an exchange with architects from the past. Each office was assigned a different drawing from the collection of Drawing Matter – from the frontispiece of the abbé Laugier’s 1753 Essai sur l’architecture, a plan of the Villa Snellman, to studies for a theatre by Carlo Scarpa. The architects were then tasked with making a model that not only responded to what they saw, but envisioned an alternative future for the original drawing while adhering to the constraints of the project: although comprising different materials and scales, the models had to be transportable, and their footprints had to fit within the surface area of the historic drawings.

Taken as a whole, the responses challenge the facile understanding of concepts of reference, history or influence as drivers of contemporary architectural thinking. From methods to materials, the project opens up not only new ways of looking at the past, but also a series of conversations about how architects today shape their present.

The project was co-curated by Jantje Engels and Marius Grootveld in collaboration with Drawing Matter and the Architecture Foundation, London. It was first presented at Cork Street, London and then CIVA, Brussels.

A catalogue of the models and drawings was published to coincide with the exhibition at CIVA; it can be purchased from our shop here.

Click here to see a full list of participating architects and studios, and their models and drawings.

ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES IN LOCKDOWN

As part of the Architecture Foundation’s 100 Day Studio, Drawing Matter and curator Marius Grootveld have invited four groups of Alternative Histories participants to contribute to series of online conversations exploring ideas around Order, Assembly, Nature, and Ambiguity.

More information about the 100 Day Studio and how to attend a session can be found here.

Alternative Histories 1: Order

Thursday 28 May, 13:00-14:00

Featuring

Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter

Bosshard, Tavor, van der Ploeg and Vihervaara

Multerer Architekten

Max Otto Zitzelsberger

Alternative Histories 1: Order

Alternative Histories 2: Assembly

Thursday 11 June, 13:00-14:00

Featuring

David Kohn Architects

GAFPA

OMMX

Doorzon Interieurarchitecten

Alternative Histories 2: Assembly

Alternative Histories 3: Nature

Thursday 25 June, 13:00-14:00

Featuring

Lilith Ronner van Hooijdonk

East Architecture

Hayatsu Architects

Alternative Histories 4: Ambiguity

TBC