HANDS-ON: An ECOLA exhibit designed by J. MAYER H. to launch at Sto Werkstatt

27. August 2015 - 13:33

HANDS-ON: An ECOLA exhibit designed by J. MAYER H. is the latest in Sto Werkstatt’s series of innovative exhibitions, opening at its gallery space in Clerkenwell on 23rd September 2015 during the London Design Festival. Renowned German architecture practice J. MAYER H. has designed an installation that draws inspiration from the ECOLA Award Archives and celebrates the artistry of surface, texture and detail in buildings across Europe.

The European Conference of Leading Architects (ECOLA) Awards is an international architecture award programme managed by German architecture magazine AIT that focuses on render and plaster as building materials and how their use can define the quality of architectural design. The HANDS-ON exhibition presents all of the winning projects spanning from 2006 up to this year’s awards judged in May 2015, chaired by Sir Peter Cook.

HANDS-ON creates a unique experiential environment, rich in texture and materiality, through which the ECOLA winning projects will be displayed. As the centrepiece of the exhibition, J. MAYER H. has conceived of a freestanding, large scale form; an abstraction of a reaching hand that creates a visual link to the handcraft still involved in the plastering trade and the material’s own haptic qualities. The sculpture is a multi-functional object serving as seating and a forum for discussion of the award winning projects, which will be projected onto the surrounding walls. Architecture schemes from 20 countries across Europe are displayed, varying in scale and style, showcasing the material’s diverse application and its integral role in the creative process.

Amy Croft, Curator at Sto Werkstatt said:
“Working with the archive of the ECOLA Awards offers us the opportunity to celebrate the best of European architecture and discover how designers are exploring the creative boundaries of plaster and render. J. MAYER H. is an architectural practice that pushes the possibilities of materials to their limits and we’re incredibly excited to be collaborating with them for the HANDS-ON installation at Sto Werkstatt”

Jürgen Mayer H., Founding Partner of J. MAYER H. in Berlin commented:
“With HANDS-ON we investigate the various characteristics and qualities of plaster; its grain, colours and textures. With plaster as our primary material we crafted an armature that fuses a place to sit and meet, a structure to project and a surface that talks about the craftsmanship of stucco facades.”

The surface of the sculpture features the strong texture of a visually striking plastering effect called “Schwarzwälder Bollenputz” that traditionally stems from the Black Forest region in Germany and is created in the exhibition using Sto Miral. This unique style of plaster expresses its physical application through its large bumpy texture.

HANDS-ON encourages a direct experience with plaster by creating a relationship between the body and the material, allowing visitors to experience the physical qualities of the material.

In the exhibition and accompanying archive of ECOLA publications, visitors will have the chance to view and explore projects from leading European practises such as Miller & Maranta, Adjaye Associates, David Chipperfield Architects, Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, ATELIER SOUKUP, John Pawson, x architekten, Carlos Arroyo Architects and Atelier Zafari among others.

HANDS-ON is free to visit and open to the public from 23 September – 27 November 2015 at Sto Werkstatt in Woodbridge Street, Clerkenwell, London. 

23rd September - 27th November 2015

Opening Times               
10am-5pm, Wed-Fri

London Design Festival opening Times
Tuesday 22nd September -Saturday 26th September 10am-5pm

Tuesday 22nd September during London Design Festival Sto Werkstatt will host an evening preview party 6:30pm-9pm. RSVP essential: werkstatt@sto.com

Sto Werkstatt
7-9 Woodbridge Street
London EC1R 0EX
Phone: 020 7222 2221

HANDS-ON: An ECOLA exhibit designed by J. MAYER H.