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dc.contributor.authorSchnoor, Christoph
dc.contributor.editorGevork Hartoonian and John Ting
dc.description.abstractColin Rowe, in Collage City, spoke of ‘the compromised’ architectural form or typology, against the ‘perfect’ building. Koolhaas’ 1980 suggestion to fill the disjointed perimeter block on the corner Kochstrasse/Wilhelmstrasse in Berlin with slabs à l’Unité, can be read as taking up Rowe’s suggestion of an ambivalent typology and applying it to contemporary urban issues. Where Rowe had observed that the Manica Lunga on the Palatine in Rome could be read as a context-generating object, Koolhaas was able to extend this thought and propose to glue slabs in the manner of Le Corbusier’s Unité to the remaining parts of the Berlin tenement block on the site, no matter whether the slab typologically allowed for this manoeuvre or not. Thus Koolhaas managed not only to critique the conservative attitude of colleagues such as Rob Krier (at Ritterstrasse) who were, as he thought, swinging the pendulum back too far but he also formulated a positive critique and expansion of the slab without needing to deconstruct it. Hans Kollhoff’s Luisenplatz development of 1983–88, also in Berlin, was close to Koolhaas’ thinking – albeit a more realistic, domesticated version of Koolhaas’ ‘compromised slabs’: In placing a hybrid type near Charlottenburg Palace which quoted the history of modern architecture very elegantly, Kollhoff’s building managed to oscillate between object and context – and this both by connecting to the existing perimeter block and by virtually piercing the remaining building on the other side of Eosanderstraße. This paper examines both projects against Colin Rowe’s suggestions as formulated in Collage City, proposing that through analysing the ‘impurities’ of a typology our understanding of its spatial and functional capabilities are extended.en_NZ
dc.publisherSociety of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ)en_NZ
dc.rightsCopyright of this volume belongs to SAHANZ. Copyright of the content of individual contributions remains the property of the named author or authors.en_NZ
dc.subjectRowe, Colin (1920-1999)en_NZ
dc.subjectKoolhaas, Rem (1944-)en_NZ
dc.subjectKollhoff, Hans (1946-)en_NZ
dc.subjecturban designen_NZ
dc.titleThe compromised slab : Rem Koolhaas and Hans Kollhoff interpreting Colin Roween_NZ
dc.typeConference Contribution - Paper in Published Proceedingsen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden120101 Architectural Designen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden120508 Urban Designen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationSchnoor, C. (2017, July). The Compromised Slab: Rem Koolhaas and Hans Kollhoff interpreting Colin Rowe. Gevork Hartoonian and John Ting (Ed.), Quotation. Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, SAHANZ , Vol. 31 (pp.629-640).en_NZ
unitec.conference.title34th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ 2017)en_NZ
unitec.conference.orgSociety of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ)en_NZ
unitec.conference.orgUniversity of Canberra, Australiaen_NZ
unitec.conference.locationCanberra, A.C.T., Australiaen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ

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