Architects at Play

 © Pierre Antoine
© Pierre Antoine

Architects at Play is the result of a research process into play and the imagination, built experiments and mythological narratives. The exhibition is essentially centred on the idea of ‘Creating Worlds’. It attempts to bring together two characters: the architect and the child.

Of course, the exhibition is also a clear invitation for children to... play! It presents several ways to do so: a slide, a sandbox, a rock to climb on, a tower to hide in, a small theatre... Through playing both children and their parents will grasp the exhibition’s content in a slightly different manner.

Friday, October 18, 2019Sunday, February 9, 2020
10:30 - 18:00
CIVA, Rue de l'Ermitage 55, 1050 Brussels

Adults: 10€ / students and seniors: € 5 / -18 : free / groups: 8€ pp / museumpassmusée: free
Guided tours: 50 € (exhibition tickets not included) / info and bookings

David Malaud

Children’s games have always been a breeding ground for the invention of ‘Worlds’. Likewise, architects also imagine new ‘Worlds’. These worlds and the mechanisms of invention they rely upon constitute the core of the exhibition, which touches on themes as varied as childhood and education, urban planning, public space, history, architecture, art and creativity—in order to trace the history of imaginary as well as imagined ‘Worlds’. Each one of us is a playful architect. From the solitary hut to the cosmopolitan ark, we build worlds we inhabit or co-inhabit. The world of play is located in the mysterious interval that connects our subjectivities to external reality. It sometimes happens that architectures crystallize in this ephemeral space, becoming for a while the stage of our lives, the horizon of our habits. This power of imagination is at the heart of the curatorial system in which childhood playgrounds and those of architects, artists and designers meet.

Photo: © Pierre Antoine


© Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin
© Filip Dujardin
Aldo Rossi Teatro del Mondo, Venezia 1980, Drawing Matter Collection © Drawing Matter
OMA EuroDisney Hotel, Marne-la-Vallée, France 1988, Drawing Matter Collection © Drawing Matter
Ferdinand Joachim and Philippe Rotthier, Geodesic dome, 1979 © CIVA, Brussels
AKAROVA, the Ancestor in the performance Le Sacre du Printemps (Igor Stravinski), 1935 © CIVA, Brussels
Ecole Decroly à Uccle / Decrolyschool in Ukkel, 1936 © Coll. CIVA, Brussels / W. Kessels © 2019, SOFAM
Aldo Van Eyck, Circle Terrace (Amsterdam Orphenage, 1958-1961), n. d. © © Aldo van Eyck—from the Aldo van Eyck archive
René Pechère, Place Tomberg à Woluwe-Saint-Lambert / Tombergplein in Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe, 1964 ca © © Musée de Woluwe-Saint-Lambert
Atelier De Visscher & Vincentelli, Jozef Legrand, Parc Saint-François à Saint-Josse-Ten-Noode / Sint-Franciscuspark in Sint-Joost-ten-Node, 2007 © Photo / Foto Marie-Françoise Plissart
Robbrecht en Daem, Puppet Theatre, 2017 © Photo / Foto Maarten Vanden Abeele
© Pierre Antoine
© Pierre Antoine