Design of a walk-in sculpture for the exterior areas of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Berlin, 2017
Preliminary round of the Art-in-Building Competition Federal Ministry of the Interior - Exterior Areas
Exhibition Federal Office for Building and Spatial Planning, Berlin, 2017
The Federal Ministry of the Interior is an enclave in its own country. It is separated from the surrounding urban space by the 2.4 metre high "Moabit" design fence. "Moabit" illustrates the ambivalence of Europe's longing for open borders: Seen from a favourable angle, the fence is almost invisible, but if you come closer and look along it, it becomes opaque and shows its impenetrability. Only people who can identify themselves as employees of the ministry or can present a valid invitation enter the interior through the separation systems, contemporary variants of border stations. The walk-in sculpture Enclave makes this contemporary border dilemma tangible in the exterior of the Ministry of the Interior: it draws the exterior urban space into the protected Ministry space without breaking down the boundary itself.
Based on the concept Enclave, the jury invited missing icons to the final round of the competition. The design was shown in the context of the competition exhibition, which was on display from March 1 to March 15, 2017 at the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning in Berlin. After the colloquium, we followed the jury's advice to submit an alternative design, since the strict safety concept of the Federal Ministry of the Interior rigorously ruled out any changes to the fence within the framework of the art competition.
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