Matīss Groskaufmanis

Latvian Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura

Together and Apart is an exhibition about housing and its relationship to political ideology. Presented as a historical study about the present, it looks how ideological programs, ranging from Red Vienna to International Monetary Fund, have impacted the architecture of the individual living space. Moreover, the exhibition questions the future of housing in one of Europe’s least densely populated states, where two thirds of the population live in apartments.

Venice / Riga, 2017-18

Curators: Matīss Groskaufmanis, Gundega Laiviņa, Evelīna Ozola, Anda Skrējāne Exhibitors: Ivars Drulle, Mārtiņš Dušelis, Reinis Hofmanis, Darja Meļņikova, Dita Pāne, Charlotte Spichalsky
Commissioner: Jānis Dripe
Production: Latvijas Jaunā teātra institūts, Klinta Harju
Archival research: Karīna Horsta, Toms Zariņš
Graphic design: Goys & Birls
More at the Latvian Pavilion Website 

Photo by Ansis Starks, 2018

Photo by Ansis Starks, 2018

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    Photo by Ansis Starks, 2018

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    Photo by Ansis Starks, 2018

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    Photo by Ansis Starks, 2018

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    Photo by Ansis Starks, 2018

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    Drawing by Matīss Groskaufmanis, 2018

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    Photo by Ansis Starks, 2018

The Architecture of Together and Apart

THE ARCHITECTURE OF TOGETHER AND APART:
AN INQUIRY INTO APARTMENT BUILDINGS

Published alongside the Latvian Pavilion at La Biennale Architettura 2018. Through essays, photographs, drawings, and illustrations, "The Architecture of Together and Apart" presents perspectives on apartment buildings and their role in organising society.

Edited by: Matīss Groskaufmanis, Evelīna Ozola, Anda Skrējāne

With contributions by: Błażej Czuba, Sander Ettema, Robert Alexander Gorny, Reinis Hofmanis, Ivars Ījabs, Mārtiņš Mintaurs, Kārlis Ratnieks, Ieva Raudsepa, Kārlis Sils, Peter Sloterdijk, Pēteris Strautiņš, Renata Tyszczuk.

Design by Goys & Birls

17 x 23 cm
200 pages
Language: English
ISBN 978-9934-19-512-9 

Order online at the Latvian Pavilion

Spatial Product Greenwich

Conceived as a real estate marketing brochure, Greenwich Works is a spatial product of affordable and social housing units to live and work in London, Greenwich penninsula for 900 households. It combines domestic and professional environments in a single mix-use dwelling complex.

Adopting the language of the corporate realm, a brochure was published as part of the project. It represents the particular spatial product from perspectives of particular audiences: (1) the prospective tenant, (2) the critical observer, (3) the potential investor, (4) the building contractor, and (5) the planning authority. Each one is addressed through particular kind of architectural drawings, and exposed to certain parts of the whole project.

TU Delft Master thesis project, 2015 - 2016
Advisors: Salomon Frausto, Wouter Vanstiphout, Bas Gremmen.

Re-briefing Khrushchev’s Dream

In 1954, in the midst of post war housing shortage, Nikita Khrushchev, First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, envisioned cheap, decent housing for everyone. Half a century later the majority of the built environment of Moscow and the rest of the cities within the post-Soviet space comprises of lifeless sprawl of high-rise residential suburbs. This project is a speculative inquiry into the organizational complex of the Soviet mass-scale housing program, and the transformative potentials embedded in its legacy, now operating within the conditions of the free market. 

Research project in collaboration with Blazej Czuba. Strelka Institute, Moscow, 2011-12

Advisors: David Erixon, Anastassia Smirnova, Kuba Snopek

Collage by Matīss Groskaufmanis, 2012

Collage by Matīss Groskaufmanis, 2012

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    Collage by Matīss Groskaufmanis, 2012

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The Missing Map

As part of RTU International Summer School, our unit’s attention was turned to tourism: the ways it alters the local landscape and new types of travelling that are emerging today. The Missing Map made a claim that anywhere or anything can become a tourist destination, someone just needs to frame it the right way.

Summer school studio & publication, in collaboration with Blazej Czuba and Monika Grūzīte.
Cēsis, Latvia (2015)

Hunch: The Community Issue

A bootleg edition of Berlage’s Hunch series, the bookazine titled “The Community Issue” encapsulates outcome of a half year long research of students in Berlage Institute. Mixing student projects, case studies and a spectrum of definitions, The Community issue portrays “the community” in its most current state of affairs.

Hunch: The Community Issue Publication for the Berlage OMA/AMO.
In collaboration with Laura Baird, Martin Murrenhoff, Reinier de Graaf.
Rotterdam (2013)

Foresight in Hindsight

Running a research studio at Strelka Institute, AMO was involved in studying the history of predictions in the past and their impact on the future. Student projects were consolidated into a book. Also, thousands of predictions were added to a purposely built web databank foresightinhindsight.com, and ultimately presented in TEDx Hamburg.

Foresight in Hindsight: History of Predictions Publication for Strelka Institute OMA/AMO Rotterdam Key staff: Reinier De Graaf, Laura Baird, Lam LeNguyen 2013

After the Peak-state

As the all-encompassing post-war welfare state in Europe has been effectively dismantled, opportunities for new organisational and spatial autonomies have emerged in the meantime. This project looks at the Groningen province in the Netherlands as a test case for a post-nation state autonomy.

Research project in collaboration with Wouter Vanstiphout.
TU Delft (2014 - 2016)

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