Building Blocks

- a playful exhibition about architecture.
Building Blocks is a result of a collaboration between an architect and a client, but in this case the clients are children between 5 and 16 years old.

Building Blocks investigates the accepted roles in the building process, specifically the relationship between architect and client. It also aims to show how a child’s vision of an ideal home may differ from the adult norm. A child’s limited architectural reference and ultimate freedom of choice may reveal new solutions for living. It may also challenge adults to think about their chosen environments in a new way by looking beyond the accepted notions of taste, fashion and tradition.

Building Blocks is a fresh way to open discussions about the accepted norms for all buildings. Is dull architecture a product of a client’s lack of imagination, the architect’s failure to inspire or the restraints of the planning process?

Building Blocks has invited children in different parts of the world to commission a building. Each child or group of children collaborated with a different architect. A discussion between them aimed to develop an architectural brief for a house. The development of the brief through conversation allowed scope for the architect to interpret the client’s vision freely.

While Building Blocks has a serious theoretical side, the project is above all characterized by fun, participation and curiosity, as well as being a platform for interaction across generational boundaries. Building Blocks is an experiment that takes the creativity of children and adolescents seriously and provides a base for a broad discussion of what a home can be, with insights from around the world.

After the exhibition at Färgfabriken 2010 the concept Building Blocks has already two followers, first Building Blocks Oslo 2011 where the exhibition at Norsk Form was their greatest success ever, and second the upcoming exhibition Building Blocks Berlin, fall 2012 at the Swedish embassy in Berlin. Please read more about the follwing exhibitions in Oslo and Berlin or about the specific seminars held in relation to the Building Blocks concept in the menu to the right.


About the project


Building Blocks


Other parts in the series

Building Blocks Stockholm
Building Blocks Oslo
Building Blocks Berlin


Related seminars

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