The Traffic of Clouds by Hackenbroich Architekten


The Traffic of Clouds, an installation by Hackenbroich Architekten, was at Program Gallery in Berlin from September to October.

The project was created in collaboration with Berlin-based Norwegian artist Jan Christensen.

The following text is from Wilfried Hackenbroich:


“The Traffic of Clouds” is an architectural installation at the Program Gallery, Berlin in collaboration with Jan Cristensen

The Traffic of Clouds was a large scale site-specific installation developed by Hackenbroich Architekten in collaboration with Jan Christensen. The large wooden construction was woven together and worked without any connection elements; the pure tension of the wood created a stable structural system.

This wooden construction spread between rooms and reached towards the ceiling. It provided new possibilities how to use space and disrupted the logic of PROGRAM’s functions: the installation dissolved the boundaries between exhibition space and office, transformed the gallery space into a working area, and vice versa.

Filling up the entire room, the structure’s role was also blurred - at once the installation object, the walking surface, and the room. The structure provided sitting areas and work surfaces. Those working in PROGRAM’s office were invited to use the structure as an office throughout the duration of the exhibition. Wi-fi use was also available for visitors during the exhibition hours.

The DIY- Package offered the possibility to explore the material structure of the installation in a small scale. A part of the installation which consisted of 1350 wood elements could be re-build by the 100 wood sticks in a 1:20 scale. The structural logic was based on weaving the elements together and the individual members stabilise each other to form one structural system.

Posted on Thursday November 15th 2007 at 9:46 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • martin sisack

    didn`t your opinion about this absolutelly changed when you read that it works without any connection element! thought it was sht but its quite engenious and interesting!! you are so lucky in europe that wood is free and grows with just a drop of water from an Acme seed…. In Uruguay they had to beg to a finland company to take it away and polute our rivers…

  • Fred


    I have seen this before. check
    item light,speed & innovation


  • sanoj

    seems like quite an uninspirational office out there,
    Hackenbroich Architekten see you next time


  • Rodrigo

    Arne quinze and this guy love the favela chair / Campana brothers …

  • hello

    strange, isn`t there a copyright on the idea?
    should be, definitely!
    design: quinze & milan
    NOT: hackenbroich architekten

  • ian

    smells like a ripoff.

  • Deef

    What a great idea! Truly amazing! The way al those sticks emurge into space like one big fractal explosion of speed is just breathtaking. A fresh and crisp example on how to reshape a basic cubical room. There’s only one problem…and i think the guys from “Hakenbroich Architekten” know…Don’t you guys…

  • Serena Trab

    Ideas are in the air…
    I don’t think somebody just wanna copy anybody else…Sometimes different people from different countries think exactly the same thing in the same moment…

  • bert

    why not burn it?

  • rezecha

    and some years earlier:*/2_Wunschabgabe.jpg
    and in the nineties there was a japanese guy who did stunning installations, but i don’t remember his name, i will post it when i do…

  • y.h.
  • jeremi

    first: i always appreciate people who get things done!
    and true: you should point out theres similar stuff been done before!
    but watch how you say it and not just abuse it.

    if they would be just making money with it i’d react different, but this is an installation so come on!
    plus: if theres just ONE original idea added it pushes things forward!
    and maybe an arne quinze can also get new inspirations from that…

    I must admit that i like this installation an i love quinzes work as well.
    the concept of taking pieces that could be scrapwood pieces or construction lumber, putting them together without any supporting devices and redefining floor, wall and ceiling through that is really exciting.

  • El Greco

    Arne Quinze uses fasteners where this does not.

    Poor Technique + Bad Effect = Crap
    Innovative Technique + Mediocre Effect = OK
    Standard Technique + Stunning Effect = Cool
    Innovative Technique + Stunning Effect = Perfection

    We should all strive for Perfection.

  • jan

    I really like this project ;-)

  • I just wished those color elements weren’t included on the walls. I find it unnecessary. But, I offer this viewpoint respectfully.

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  • togon

    Nice, but I would really love to see it deconstruct itself when one of the pieces break because of overtension, it would be like dominos!!!

  • justisjust

    Arne Quinze took it from Kawamata!!
    isn’t that clear?