Team: Joost Hovenier, Jan Peter Wingender, Anna Janssen, Patryk Krolikowski, Camille Moreau
Photographer: Thomas Lenden
Petronella Oortman builds her dollhouse in 1686 as a metaphor of bourgeois life. An elevation of nine rooms over three floors, each room with a precise program. Over a century later Friedrich Schinkel builds a pavilion in the gardens of Charlottenburg in Berlin. An equilateral plan of nine rooms. Stripped of their interior, only the varying connections between the rooms indicate a possible use. The dollhouse crosses the project of Oortman with the rudimental plan of Schinkel. A 3x3x3 rooms architectural exercise. A recognisable house in our own house - a carefully constructed piece of furniture. The connections between the rooms, voids, balconies and roof lights suggest a hierarchy or even a staging but a functional indication is absent. The rooms, each one unique, are nothing more than themselves.