Eisfabrik Megaframe

Henry Stephens (website)
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture
Department 2
Faculty: Niels Grønbæk


Berlin is a city of both institutions and various attempts to undermine them. Over the past 100 years, a series of ideological proxy wars have seen external forces deploy and manifest their interests within the city as built form. Berlin is covered with the scars of competing ideologies; each one propelled by similarly utopian aspirations, each one building on the detritus of its ultimately failed predecessors. In many regards, Berlin’s current urban landscape is shaped by an archipelago of major architectures – each island exerting its own gravitational pull.

Currently, Berlin is not propelled by the winds of intense political change, but rather by the commodified image that it projects of itself, a post-urban condition catalysed by a symbolic act of architectural destruction: the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989. Berlin today exists within the ruins of a major archipelago as much as it exists by it.

Building on this paradoxical condition, the Eisfabrik Megaframe exists as an attempt to is an attempt to synthesise the rigid nature of top-down major institutions, with bottom-up minor architectures. The megaframe consists of a massive structural grid which contains and consumes a variety of temporary programs within the site around the Eisfabrik. The frame is intended to represent the most reductive delineation of space. As minor architectures operate within the context of an existing built framework, the grid functions as as the most abstract representation of this framework. The grid provides both an invitation to build, and a functional means by which to host a complex mixture of decidedly minor architectures.


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