Nicola Borgmann, Architekturgalerie München
12th of April – 25th of May 2013
This exhibition presents the French architectural projects of Auer+Weber+Associates, a firm which was founded in 1980 by Fritz Auer and Carlo Weber, and since has grown to include over 120 architects in its team. Auer+Weber+Associates, which operates offices in Stuttgart and Munich, engages in both domestic and international projects- not only in Europe but also in China and Chile. In France in particular Auer+Weber+Associates has experienced several years of considerable success with the planning and execution of several major design schemes.
Seen in a larger context, and on the European stage, the attraction of French projects for German architects can be attributed to both architectural as well as economic interests. Currently a European school on the French side of the Rhine is under construction and an Olympic stadium along the banks of the Marne is being planned- 40 years after the design for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich (through the partnership of Fritz Auer and Carlo Weber with Günter Behnisch)- thus indicating a period of considerable European integration. The firm’s invitation to several symbolic French design competitions last year is quite exemplary of this evolutionary process. Together with the Jean Nouvel Studio as well as with José Luis Mateo and Snøhetta, Auer+Weber+Associates has submitted a new design for the center for cave painting „Lascaux IV“ in Montignac. In particular, this exhibition emphasizes the importance of the past 50 years of Franco-German friendship with which it coencides. Six of Auer+Weber+Associates’ French projects are displayed here as well as three design competition entries; a small selection of those which they have entered in since 2007.