1 November 2013
by Hannah Burgess
“Mirror, mirror on the floor, who in this land is the greediest of them all?’ ‘You, my old friend are the greediest of them all’ replied the mirror with a sharp, reflective tone. So with a long and satisfied yawn the city returned to its slumber, safe in the knowledge that the mirror speaks only the truth."
2012 marked the 200th anniversary of the first publication of the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales. To celebrate this occasion FleaFollyArchitects, over the space of 5 weeks, ran a small summer atelier on the outskirts of the Black Forest in Germany. As a group of young architects and designers they planned and built the ‘Grimm City’ - a miniature Cityscape based on the imaginations of the Brothers Grimm.
This miniature universe, brought to the Design Museum Tank, translates the Brothers Grimm characters into an architectonic cityscape that is meticulously hand crafted from only the finest Black Forest timbers.
Grimm City: An Architectural Fairytale will be on display at the Design Museum until the 8 November 2013. A book with Grimm City narrative, drawings and photos accompanies the installation, and is also available at the Design Museum shop.
Designed and created by FleaFolly Architects with Alexander Nacu, Alexandra Arad, Azza Al Hinai, Cristian Bucataru, Michela Bonomo, Ramona Bittere and Sam Little. Established in 2012, Flea Folly Architects are spatial storytellers who use narrative to explore , discover and invent unique architectural propositions.