TAKA: On Peter Märkli's Haus Kuehnis, Trubbach, 1982

TAKA on Peter Märkli's Haus Kuehnis, Trubbach, 1982, model 1 – Drawing Matter

TAKA architects (*2007), Alice Casey (*1978) and Cian Deegan (*), On Peter Märkli's Haus Kuehnis, Trubbach, 1982, 2018. Plaster, corrugated card, Indian ink and red thread.

Peter Märkli’s sketch of the plan for Haus Kuehnis seems to describe a compact building with a different front and back and interior rooms made specific through spatial divisions, decoration and architectural order.

We know Markli’s house – with its stout singular form and enigmatic approach to order and decoration – and can’t escape its image when we imagine a new life for his plan.

But we can imagine it transported to another place – the exposed Atlantic coast of Ireland – where a looser formality would be expected and where Markli’s frieze decorations might be replaced by brackets and cord, to stop the roof from blowing away.

– TAKA Architects, Cian Deegan and Alice Casey    

Click here to see the front and back of TAKA's model and Märkli's original sketch; here to return to the Alternative Histories curatorial statement, alongside a slide show; and here, for a full list of participants.