– Building Blocks places children and their ideas at the centre of a new architecture
Färgfabriken's exhibition concept Building Blocks places children and their ideas at the centre of a new architecture – to challenge common assumptions and inspire new ways of thinking.
Children between the ages of 6 and 16 have been invited to take on the role of a client and commission a building. A child or a group of children have visited the participating architecture offices, where they have talked about architecture, houses and the children’s interests and dreams. The architects have then interpreted the ideas and given them shape. The results are presented in a exhibition as large buildings in scale 1:1 to be explored by the audience.
The project explores the relationship between architect and client as well as the design process required to translate the child’s wishes and ideas to built form.
Building Blocks was initiated by Färgfabriken – centre for contemporary art and architecture, and developed in collaboration with the creative studio Medium.
Building Blocks was exhibited at Färgfabriken in Stockholm April to September 2010 with nine groups of participating architects and children. Building Blocks has since then been developed with local cultural institutions, architects and children in Oslo (2011), Berlin (2012), Mostar (2015), Bucharest (2016) and Yangon (2017).