Design Intelligence

An alternative canon of beauty

Design Intelligence

An alternative canon of beauty
The beauty of a future architecture will lie in its pragmatism, directness, and intuitiveness.
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To turn something useful, practical, functional into something beautiful, that is architecture’s duty.” Karl Friedrich Schinkel.

Contemporary architecture became an academic circle of insiders busy posting images of aesthetic or technical avant-gardism. But in order to learn about what is actually important for the future of building at large, to contribute and engage with contemporary Baukultur, we believe that architects have to learn from the design intelligence of “not-designed” places. The need for a specific space paired with material and financial scarcity often makes people come up with original spatial solutions, beautiful joint details, or amazing color combinations. These situations are legible because they talk of their context, cultural, social, climatic, and financial. This is what makes it so fascinating to us: architecture as expression of ideas of beauty, of society, of the future, instead of a mere end in itself.

Painted balcony detail in neighbourhood Ard El Liwa, Cairo, 2014

Idea by

Elena Schütz, Julian Schubert, Leonard Streich
Something Fantastic
Leipziger Strasse 61
Something Fantastic is a design practice founded by three architects, Leonard Streich, Julian Schubert and Elena Schütz in 2010 after their studies at UdK Berlin and ETH Zurich. The studio operates in the extended field of the discipline, aiming to make a difference through smart, simple, prototypical projects, using architectural thinking and tools as means of practicing. Something Fantastic designs, from urban to furniture scales, conceptualizes, writes, lectures, and teaches.

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