E N Z I
The inner courtyards of the Museumsquartier in Vienna, formerly the royal stables, which have been renovated and now host several cultural organisations, museums and cafes, are the playground for 116 over-sized elements, made of coated EPS (expanded polystyrene), which – joined in endless variations – can be read as characteristic, recognizable occupants on behalf of modern architecture in the preserved, historical complex of buildings. In summer they wander in herds through the yards, every year in different colours and formations: next to each other, on top of each other, in circles, in spirals… By piling the elements in winter they are transformed into building-like structures, inside one can enjoy punch and DJ-music, or even „the cinema of the cold“. According to their precisely controlled form the elements will offer some more geometrical surprises – mere crystallography! – through which they acknowledge the communal aspect of the site and reaffirm the social role of architecture. Thanks to its size the furniture are able to handle the space of the courtyard. From distance they look small, by coming closer one can see that 3 to 10 people can sit on one ENZI. There is a communicative potential within each piece already. ENZI does not awaken any expectations, just curiosity. It is not a classic bench or seat, it is an abstract form. This abstraction gives the visitor the chance to discover it for him- or herself and to work out what can be done with it. According to their precisely controlled form the elements offer reams of combinations and even geometrical surprises, through which they acknowledge the communal aspect of the site and reaffirm the social role of architecture.

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