Nantesbuch: Designs for a Campus Art and Nature

Nantesbuch: Designs for a Campus Art and Nature

Applications until 26.07.2020

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This year's aac autumn workshop will take place from 9 September to 2 October 2020 on the premises of the Academy for Architectural Culture at Rainvilleterrasse 4. We are now looking forward to receiving applications until 26.07.2020.

This year the aac's autumn workshop will focus on art and nature: In Nantesbuch, situated in the middle of the Bavarian foothills of the Alps, new places of activity for artists and art lovers are to be created in addition to the expansion of the existing agricultural use. A campus shall be created that will enable to understand and experience the special relationship between art and nature.

The Nantesbuch Foundation was founded in 2012 by the entrepreneur Susanne Klatten and is a non-profit cultural institution that offers spaces and interdisciplinary programs for the interaction of art and culture with nature and landscape.

The foundation is engaged in ecological landscape conservation in the region and has already created a venue for a diverse cultural and educational program with the construction of the "Long House" on Gut Karpfsee.

The aac's autumn workshop will focus on the further development of the area. In the future, a new campus for in-depth encounters with art, nature and landscape is to be created.

In this sense, it is important to place suitable work and activity places for artists as well as exhibition rooms in the direct vicinity of agriculturally used warehouses and stables.  Additionally, rooms for symposia, seminars and events are needed.

The special challenge of the workshop will be the interaction of the architecture with the landscape conditions as well as the direct neighbourhood and overlapping of the different requirements of visitor-oriented facilities and agricultural buildings.

A maximum of 16 participants will work on designs in teams of four people. Each team will be accompanied intensively, continuously and personally by an experienced tutor during the entire course. The teams will be mixed internationally in order to enable an intensive exchange between young architects with different cultural backgrounds. The workshop language is English.

The workshop will start with an excursion to Nantesbuch with its impressive landscape. First impressions will be generated on site and sketchy concepts will be presented in a step-by-step design.  The three-and-a-half-week course will be continued in the workshop rooms of the aac, in the former nautical school in the Rainvilleterrasse in Hamburg.

Afterwards, there will be beside the usual public exhibition in the aac a further exhibition in the Nantesbuch, in the facilities of the foundation.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, do not hesitate to contact us under The application deadline is 26.07.2020.

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