Chronic Conditions: Body and Building

12 Oct - 11 Dec 2021
Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Lisbon, PT
Palácio Sinel de Cordes, Lisbon, Portugal

Commissioned  by Lisbon Architecture Triennale, the exhibition revisits Future Architecture  Platform’s architecture collections to ask: how do our bodies respond to  buildings? From the 2021 open call Landscapes of Care, the  Lisbon Architecture Triennale selected two emerging artists: Anna Ulrikke Andersen to curate this showcase and L’Atelier Senzu to create the  exhibition design.

Photo: Chronic Conditions: Bodyand Building, Palácio Sinel de Cordes, 2021 ©Sara Constança

The exhibition that revisits Future Architecture Platform’s architecture collections is presented in the Palace, resulting from the 2021 open call Landscapes of Care, where the Lisbon Architecture Triennale selected two emerging artists.

Based on the idea presented by Anna Ulrikke Andersen and her selection and collection of exhibition objects in different formats, L’Atelier Senzu created the exhibition design for Chronic Conditions: Body and Building.

Curatorial lines

As we live longer, more people will live with chronic illnesses. Told from a personal narrative of chronic rheumatic illness, the curator of this exhibition asks: how do our bodies respond to buildings?

This exhibition uses the patient perspective captured in recent photographs and original films to revisit a selection of drawings and photographs from leading European collections, part of the Future Architecture Platform. Starting from the chronically ill body, we focus on fluids, joinery and openings, both in bodies and buildings, explored by architects and artists from 1822 to 1983.

A complete A to Z guide into this thematic is not possible. The exhibition highlights that the blueprint we have today is incomplete and should be developed further. Instead, we move from A to X: A for Architecture, to X, the unknown future, showing the way chronic illness affect our experience of landscapes, buildings and infrastructures. How can we configure a new alphabet to help us with the new tomorrow?


Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon

Estonian Museum of Architecture, Tallinn

MAO - Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana

MAXXI - National Museum for 21st Century Arts - Collezione Architettura, Rome

Museum of Architecture in Wrocław

Royal Academy of Arts, London

S AM - Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel

Exhibition design

Designed by L’Atelier Senzu, the scenography focuses on the use of textile material combined with the upcycling of exhibition elements to create an intimate atmosphere. In partnership with Burel Factory, a set of panels was designed in burel, a Portuguese handcrafted fabric made from Serra da Estrela sheep’s wool, which transforms the Palace’s exhibition rooms and takes advantage of this textile’s unique acoustic and thermal properties. With the reuse of material from previous exhibitions, the concept of this exhibition design emphasises Triennale’s concerns with sustainability.

Featuring works by

Benjamin Robert Haydon

Carlo Scarpa

Jerzy Mokrzyński

Josip Osojnik

Lucía de Mosteyrín Muñoz

Mário Novais

Ott Puuraid

William Home Lizars

Max Rasser

Samuele Tirendi / denkstatt sàrl

Tibère Vadi


Patients’ photographs and quotes


Anna Ulrikke Andersen

Anne Silje Bø



Norsk Folkemuseum

Norsk Revmatikerforbund Østfold

Bekhterev Norge


Enter ROOM 1

Enter ROOM Architecture & Education

Enter Room An Architecture of Chronic Illness