Double or Nothing: an exhibition on the Belgian 51N4E architects in Ljubljana and Chicago

51N4E, the Vault Room, Ake Lindman

The monographic exhibition Double or Nothing on the work of 51N4E, already shown in Brussels and London, will be presented at the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana and at the Graham Foundation in Chicago.

The Double or Nothing exhibition expresses a fundamental position adopted by 51N4E: to make every project a vector of urban and social transformation. But the title of the exhibition is also a way of emphasising that, while every project is a commitment between a client and an architect, this mutual commitment must take on a particular dimension if the aim is to influence behaviour and enrich urban reality. This presupposes the acceptance of the notion of going beyond, or even changing, the initial programme so that the response is also an enriching factor in collective life. Double or Nothing is a way of presenting this shared ambition. And of emphasising the architects’ capacity for getting many of their clients to think in new ways and explore innovative solutions, and so help give architecture its true dimension: that of an eminently social art. The curator of the exhibition is Dominique Boudet

51N4E, founded in 1998, is a Brussels-based international practice that concerns itself with matters of space production i.e. architecture, urbanism, design and spatial analysis. It gained its renown through such key projects as Lamot (2005), the TUD Tower in Tirana (2004/12), C-Mine (2006/10), Skanderbeg Square (2008/12) and 50.000 logements Bordeaux (2010). 51N4E is led by 3 partners: Johan Anrys, Freek Persyn and Peter Swinnen. Since 2007 51N4E doubled its impact through the establishment of a Balkan office in Tirana.


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