In-between representation and actuality.

These real-size simulations are, for a temporary moment, part of the urban landscape of our cities, as ‘surrogate buildings’ that fade the border between representation and actuality.

We observed this new urban phenomenon in various cities in Europe. Why are suddenly most of the cities in Europe using these printed devices to cover up construction sites? Why is it so important to represent the buildings that they cover? To whom is this addressed? How do these replicas change the perception of the surrounding for this period of time?

Infinite types are to be found, from hyperreal representations to abstract ones. The imprint method of the wrapped facade has unlimited formats, from drawings to photorealistic renders. The fact that they are real-scale copies of the existing facade that they cover made us call them replicas. Replicas of an existing building that remains covered and invisible for a certain amount of time. Yet, in the same moment they temporarily add new layer of information to the city, to our public space, of sponsorship, advertisement, ... What is being communicated, and why? Seemingly literal temporary replacements, these replicas don’t only replace, but communicate, and reveal - maybe unintentionally - more about what is behind the transformation of our cities.  

During the residency in 2019 we conducted a series on interviews on this topic, together with invited architect and scholar Elletra Carnelli. 

Replicas is part of

Reflections & reactions on urban transformation

Self-initiated research on the suggestion of space, architectural representation on-site, the scale 1:1 and the role of physical experience and imagination in architecture. 

2017 - ongoing

Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belgrade, Berlin,  Milano, Maastricht, Noto, Palermo, Rome, Rotterdam, Seoul, Tokyo, Zürich (and more...)

Imagine the Volume, presented at Volumes Zürich 2019
Space in-between 2020

One-year residency Kulturfolger Zürich 2019

Kulturfolger Zürich 2019
London Festival of Architecture 2020
New Generations Festival 2020-2023

Belgrade Waterfront 360° (on-site 2017)
Simultaneity in Cities (with 8 contributors from different disciplines and cities in Europe 2017)
Urban transformation as Event (with 30 contributors from different disciplines and cities in Europe 2018)
Evidence of the Absent (public events, round tables, interviews and invited guests 2019)
Space in-between (round table during LFA 2020)

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