27: a journey through contemporary architecture in europe
27: a journey through contemporary architecture in europe 27: a journey through contemporary architecture in europe
mar 16, 2011

27: a journey through contemporary architecture in europe

’27: a journey through contemporary architecture in europe’ all images courtesy LAN architecture

staying true to their investigative nature, paris-based practice LAN architecture (umberto napolitano, benoit jallon) has undertaken an ambitious new project that will take them all over europe to chronicle the current status and the future trajectory of architecture in the diverse arena. produced in collaboration with FATCAT films (pierre zandrowicz) and french graphic designers undo-redo (nicola aguzzi, teresa gaspurutti), ‘27: a journey through contemporary architecture in europe‘ is a snapshot of the collective region, illustrating the directions and ideas of those who are shaping the built environment of tomorrow.


the team visits the EU’s 27 member nations to directly uncover and gather their material, engaging in an open dialogue with young and internationally recognized practices of each country. names such as bjarke ingels (denmark), julien de smedt (belgium), and tham & videgard arkitekter (sweden) sit down with the ’27’ team to discuss the ever-transforming relationship between architecture and the world, the civic functions and duties of the field, and the challenges that face it. conducted in a casual atmosphere – over dinner, on a walking tour around the city – the interactions offer a candid and relevant illustration of contemporary european architecture.

filming on site

designboom brings you an exclusive reading of ’27’ as we follow the team on their journey, reporting their findings in monthly installments through a variety of mediums including images, videos and text. launched today is the project’s website where further materials – fresh photographs of key architectural objects in their context, short clips of each country, behind-the-scenes images – can be found.

expected to wrap up at the end of 2012, the project will be assembled for a wide variety of audiences including a documentary series for TV, feature-length film, and a book.

27 The Project – Teaser from FatCat Films on Vimeo

27’s website – 1st day in spain ‘instituto de microcirurgia ocular’ by josep llinas in barcelona, spain (2009)


about the project

film still – airport image courtesy FATCAT films

umberto napolitano of LAN architecture image courtesy FATCAT films

‘mountain dwellings’ by BIG / JDS in copenhagen, denmark (2008) image courtesy FATCAT films

‘tietgenkollegiet’ by lundgaard & tranberg in copenhagen, denmark (2005) image courtesy FATCAT films


in conversation with julien de smedt

image courtesy FATCAT films

’27’ team behind-the-scenes image courtesy FATCAT films

participating firms:

austria vienna feld 72

belgium brussels julien de smedt architects

bulgaria sofia I/O architects

cyprus awaiting confirmation

czech republic prague A69 architekti

denmark copenhagen BIG

estonia tallinn 3+1 architects

finland helsinki k2s architects

france paris LAN

germany berlin kuehn malvezzi

greece athens point supreme

hungria budapest spora architects

ireland dublin odos architects

italy rome scape

latvia riga nrja

lithuania vilnius 4plius

luxembourg bruck weckerle

malta valletta chris briffa

the netherlands awaiting confirmation

poland warsaw wwaa

portugal correia ragazzi arquitectos http://www.correiaragazzi.com

romania awaiting confirmation

slovakia bratislava gutgut

slovenia ljubljana deklava gregoric arhitekti

spain barcelona estudio barozzi veiga

sweden stockholm tham & videgard arkitekter

united kingdom london carmody groarke

  • beautiful website, amazing project. will be following along as well.

    ocelot says:
  • great idea

    jess says:

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