The Tchoban Foundation presents a retrospective on Peter Cook’s drawings: regarded as one of Archigram instigators, the British architect is celebrating his 80th birthday this year.
The Tchoban Foundation in Berlin will showcase the temporary exhibition “Peter Cook. Retrospective”, dedicated to the drawings of the famous British architect who is celebrating his 80th birthday this year, enabling a view into his work from Archigram to CRAB, from 1968 to today, from Plug-In City to Hidden City.
Peter Cook is regarded as one of the leading instigators of Archigram. This group whose name originated from the architectural pamphlet, Archigram, was founded in the 1960s by young British architecture graduates who strove to break away from traditional architectural office routine and continue the discourse stimulated during their studies. The given notions of form and space were to be overridden and burst apart, driven by the curiosity to explore what a future world may look like and question whether architectural language is at all set by boundaries.
Archigram searched for new solutions and concept models, focusing on the development of society. Underwater cities, living cells, plug-ins and hybrid villas were created: the ideas and experiments from this period, particularly the central motif of metamorphosis, recur throughout Peter Cook’s lifework.