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BMW Guggenheim Lab in Berlin

Prior to BMW Guggenheim Lab’s opening on June 15, an exhibition featuring the ideas and work of Atelier Bow-Wow, the Lab’s architect, opened in Berlin on May 22. Organized by Aedes Architecture Forum, In the State of Spatial Practice: Public Space by Atelier Bow-Wow focuses on the firm’s projects in urban and public spaces, such as Miyashita Park and Kitamoto KAO Project, both in Tokyo, and the traveling BMW Guggenheim Lab. The exhibition runs through July 5, and is located adjacent to the Lab space in Pfefferberg.

Established in Tokyo in 1992 by the husband-and-wife team of Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima, Atelier Bow-Wow is best known for its surprising, idiosyncratic, yet highly usable residential projects in dense urban environments. For the Lab’s temporary structure, which they envisioned as a “traveling toolbox,” the lower half of the structure—a present-day version of the Mediterranean loggia—is left open at most times. The upper part of the structure houses a flexible rigging system and is wrapped in a semitransparent mesh. Through this external skin, visitors will be able to catch glimpses of the extensive apparatus of tools that will be lowered or raised from the fully enclosed toolbox canopy.

BMW Guggenheim Lab Logo Finalist for Design Award
The judges for the 2012 International Design Communication Awards have named the BMW Guggenheim Lab logo to its shortlist of finalists in the category for “Best Logo.” Winners will be announced during an award ceremony in New York on June 28, and will be on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, on June 29. Designed by Sulki & Min from Seoul, South Korea, the interactive logo invites submissions to the question, how would you improve comfort in the city? Ever-changing throughout the course of the Lab’s first two-year cycle, the logo is a metaphorical and virtual representation of worldwide interaction with the theme of Confronting Comfort and the larger discourse about cities and urban life.

Installation of the BMW Guggenheim Lab in Berlin. Photo courtesy NUSSLI Group


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