Neri&Hu exhibition at Aedes Architekturforum Berlin

Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu convince with »Reflective Nostalgia«. The exhibition at Aedes Architekturforum Berlin shows works by Neri&Hu Design and Research Office.

Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu convince in the exhibition “Reflective Nostalgia” by examining the historical and the present as well as the listed and everyday and transforming them into new uses in a respectful and future-oriented way. With the Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, the Chinese avant-garde from architecture, research and teaching, product and interior design has arrived in Europe.

The quality of your work in all standards

In addition to the numerous conversions and new constructions in Asia, such as residential and office buildings, theaters, shops or, for example, a chapel and a whiskey distillery, the exhibition also shows projects from Europe, including a restaurant in Paris, a hotel in London and the expansion of the creative quarter Köln-Ehrenfeld through an office building. Neri&Hu also designs products and showrooms for international companies, thereby demonstrating their diverse skills and the quality of their work across all standards and disciplines. With a safe design, they form exciting, sometimes unexpected spatial constellations of found and recycled materials or building parts from the respective site and by adding new elements.

charm and character

Historicizing backdrops are omitted, the charm and character of the ‘old’ remains legible and tangible in Neri&Hu’s positive reinterpretation of the nostalgic and thus creates identity. Her interdisciplinary design approach is in the studio’s DNA. In 2004, they co-founded Design Republic, an interdisciplinary design platform in Shanghai. The success of the wide range of her work is reflected in numerous international awards.

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They currently teach at the Yale School of Architecture and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Rossana Hu was also appointed head of the architecture department at Tongji University in Shanghai in 2021. The exhibition installation displays architectural models, photos and videos, as well as a selection of furniture. Neri&Hu’s alternative reading of historical contexts, including all contradictions and details, as well as the unexpected spatial compositions to which they respond beautifully, can be experienced in it.

Reflective nostalgia

Just as differently as »Reflective Nostalgia« is shown in their projects, Neri&Hu take equally different paths in their communication. Inspired by the warehouse or archive and by the historical idea of ​​the forum, the exhibition offers visitors different ways to approach and understand the concept of »Reflective Nostalgia«. The exhibition shows around 30 completed and planned projects from the areas of architecture, interior design, product design and graphics. Videos, numerous architectural models in various scales, photographs and a collection of chairs ‘tell’ about the new construction and existing development projects and their connection with »Reflective Nostalgia« as a philosophy and method.


Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

Founded in 2004 by Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, Neri&Hu Design and Research Office is a multidisciplinary international architecture firm based in Shanghai with offices in London, Paris and Milan. The practice’s growing global portfolio includes tasks ranging from master planning and architecture to interior design, installation, furniture, products, branding and graphic work. The diversity of the team underlines the company’s core vision: to respond to a global worldview that embraces intersecting design disciplines for a new paradigm in architecture.

In addition, Neri&Hu has expanded the conventional boundaries of practice to include complementary disciplines. A critical examination of the program’s details, location, function and history is essential to the creation of a challenging work. Neri&Hu base their ethos on the dynamic interplay between experience, detail, material, form and light rather than sticking to a formal style.


Reflective nostalgia

— Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, Shanghai

Aedes Architecture Forum, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin

Opening: Friday 14 October 2022 at 18.30

Opening hours: Monday at 13.00-17.00, Tuesday-Friday at 11.00-18.30, Sundays and public holidays at 13.00-17.00, Saturday 15 October 2022 at 13.00-17.00

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