In Deutschlandradio Kultur, 18.02.2016: “Architects want the Berlin Palace in Jungle-Look” by Werner Bloch
A real jungle could temporarily save the facade of the Humboldt Forum in the Berlin.
This is what Frans Vogelaar and Elizabeth Sikiaridi of Hybrid Space Lab together with the party “Alliance 90/The Greens” propose. The jungle could be realised with innovative Dutch agriculture and horticulture.
Such a design not only visualises the interdisciplinary approach of the Humboldt brothers, it also symbolises the origin of the non-European collections of the Ethnological Museum and the Asian Art Museum that will be hosted in the Humboldt Forum. At the same time, a green facade stands for an innovative Germany that rethinks the city.
Hybrid Space Lab in Berlin is a r & d and design practice founded by the English/Greek Elizabeth Sikiaridi and the Dutchman Frans Vogelaar. The daily newspaper taz of July 8 reported on the ‘”Humboldt Jungle”.
The Humboldt Dschungle demonstrates how a “jungle” could temporarily save the facade of the building. The initiators of the Humboldt Dschungel campaign ask: “As long as 50 million euros for creating the Humboldt Forum’s ‘baroque façade’ are missing, should we look at the concrete structure?” Hybrid Space Lab and Uta Belkius want to gain something positive from Berlin’s emergency: Let all the flaws in the construction overgrow with green – for a bit more Sleeping Beauty and less construction debacle in Berlin.
But is this a solution to reconcile the supporters and the opponents of the building? It is rather new grist to the enemy’s mill – finally this new green bailout refers once more to the fact that the financing of the palace has always been shaky. It would be probably too tempting to let the jungle grow and forget about finishing the façade. But, nevertheless: The palace is now there, so why not let it overgrow?
For Berliners, the story of the destruction of the monumental GDR Palast der Republik in favour of rebuilding its predecessor of the Humboldt Schloss in all its architectural insignificance is a depressing example for city politics lagging miles behind the vibrancy of Berlin. But Berlin is also a city renowned for its stoic subversion, and we salute the proposal instigated by two city politicians and the architecture office Hybrid Space Lab to simply overgrow the castle – cheaper than painstakingly ornamenting its facade, energy-efficient and elegantly Berlin.
The Jungle Palace – a genius rescue plan for the Humboldt Forum in Berlin
A Dutchman is again involved in a conceptual rescue proposal for the Berlin Humboldt Forum: Frans Vogelaar of Hybrid Space Lab. The idea originally coming from the Berlin Greens was much tamer, providing greening the facade.
Hybrid Space Lab went much further by proposing a real jungle on the roof and on the facades of the reconstructed City Palace. Humboldt and Jungle: this goes perfectly together.
The proposal has been roaming Berlins backrooms for a while. In the course of the growing emergency of the Humboldt Forum, the idea seems to have found more and more supporters, also at the political decision-making levels. In the last few days the national media have been launching the idea with great enthusiasm.
Café Germany joins in: I want this jungle!
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