Berlin Unlimited

ZK/U Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik | Berlin | 2014

How can an exhibition space be thought and designed to favor the diffusion of content? What is the perfect environment for interaction?

Those questions have been at the center of the concept of the design specially tuned for the festival Berlin Unlimited. Happening along a week beginning of October 2014, Berlin Unlimited was a transdisciplinary festival that had the ambition to gather several formats around the questions of the city and its boundaries through Arts, Architecture and Urban Research. Exhibition, symposium, workshops, debates, film screenings, celebrations… all in one space of 300 sqm.

Thought through, designed, produced and experimented, the design showed its value and potential while, only after 2 days, it had already transformed 4 times to host according to the events, different situations of learning and sharing knowledge. Its flexibility, made possible by means of the implementation of simple wooden elements provided the minimum structure for the maximum space. The situations for discussing and exchanging appears in the in-betweens – in the spaces delimited by the open structures – whereas the space configuration adapts with humility and tends to disappear profiting the action.

The inclusion of time in spatial design

There is no limit to conceptualize flexible design. If flexibility can be understood through the modification of spatial configurations, the design of Berlin Unlimited took its concept one step further and incorporated temporal flexibility of the content: constantly evolving through the week, the visitor or passer by who had the chance to experiment the space for several occasions faced also an evolutive display of information as performative projects where taking place around the city. The exhibition space reacted as a displaced mirror of spatial experience across the physical borders of the space and attempted to create an interaction between the space and the numerous distanced experimentations.

Berlin Unlimited Festival was a cooperation between collagelab, Philine Schneider, Guerilla Architects and Urban Transcripts.

Exhibition Design Shahrzad Rahmani, Anja Fritz, Nike Kraft and Luca Manirelli, Benoit Bovis

Photos © Tanja-Katharina Lindner