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Space in-between
rotative studio (Alexandra Sonnemans and Caterina Viguera)

This documentation is part of the online exhibition ‘space in-between’ by rotative studio, that was created for the London Festival of Architecture 2020. The documentation shows a selection of work in different formats, such as drawings, models and immersive collages, as well as key texts and research questions. In Switzerland it is mandatory to inform citizens about building plans. Therefore, life-size architectural simulations such as mock-ups and ‘Baugespann’ are placed on-site, within the (real) context of the city. Even though these simulations have a concrete, material presence, they are necessarily also abstractions, fragmentary representations that depict only one particular aspect of a future building. In fact, they visualise the invisible; what is hidden, is present due to its absence. On the one hand the future becomes tangible within the present and thus can be related to it, on the other hand, the incomplete form of the simulations relies on our imagination and specific physical experience to be completed. This generates a more ambiguous space of potentiality within the borderlands between present and future, in which we can recognise and create multiple interpretations of a future building and imagine its impact within the existing environment. We call this new experiential dimension of architecture the space in-between. Through an interdisciplinary research in which physical experience and imagination interacted, we searched for new ways of reading and understanding architecture in relation to its present and future context, by means of on-site explorations with performative artists, drawings, collages and models.


Bio rotative studio (2017) is a collaboration between architects Alexandra Sonnemans and Caterina Viguera, based respectively in Rotterdam and Zürich. Alexandra graduated from Delft University of Technology in 2011, after which she worked at ZUS Rotterdam, Blauwdruk Stedenbouw in Antwerp and the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam. Caterina graduated from the ETSAB Barcelona in 2011 and obtained an MAS Urban Design at the ETH Zurich in 2015. She has worked at Acconci Studio, Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York and Atelier ww in Zürich. The investigative and experimental working method of rotative studio is characterized by a continuous interplay of design, research and dialogue, in which an interaction is established between concrete places and situations and more abstract or autonomous conceptual and formal research.

2020, 594x420mm folded to 420x297mm, b/w print, hand binded

Title Space in-between
Author rotative studio (Alexandra Sonnemans and Caterina Viguera)
Graphic design studio nomad