Frei Otto. Thinking by Modeling

The working methods of the innovative architect

The working methods of the innovative architect
05.11.2016 to 12.03.2017

Frei Otto (1925-2015) is among the most internationally celebrated and innovative German architects of the 20th century and is a central figure in building the culture in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. In March 2015, he received the Nobel Prize for Architecture, the Pritzker Prize, for his work, which is the most highly recognized award for architecture in the world.

During the course of his life, Frei Otto collected and classified images of the structures of nature. They served him equally as inspiration and free association and as specific objects of investigation. The central focus here is that Frei Otto recognised the model character of nature and tried to make this useful for architecture and civil engineering.


Curator: Georg Vrachliotis
Co-Curator: Marc Frohn, Joachim Kleinmanns, Martin Kunz
Exhibition architecture: FAR frohn&rojas 

Video Documentary:

ZKM | Institute for Visual Media

Camera: Moritz Büchner, Peter Müller, Martina Rotzal, Christina Zartmann
Edititing: Martina Rotzal
Concept: Christina Zartmann
Voice Recording: Anton Kossjanenko
Voice: Berth Wesselmann, Florentine Krafft
Photos: SAAI | Südwestdeutsches Archiv für Architektur und Ingenieurbau
Film excerpt: Institut für Leichtbau Entwerfen und Konstruieren, Bildarchiv, Universität Stuttgart
Music: Anton Kossjanenko