Exhibitions and curatorial projects

Together for better architecture

Close contact with artists, architects, and designers characterises the company culture at Rieder. Beautiful, discursive things stand for depth, identity, and meaning. That is how we see the relationship between Rieder glassfibre reinforced concrete and the things that are created with it. The promotion of young talents in the architectural scene, such as the students of architecture colleges, such as the TU Vienna, the AA School in London, the Harvard GSD, or the cooperation with established artists, such as Kurt Hofstetter, Franz West, Peter Sandbichler, or Kram Weisshaar, is not merely part of the corporate strategy.

This commitment reflects the relationship that Rieder, as an international business, is building with all cultural and design projects: Artists contribute their creativity, flexibility, and their at times abstract, analytical thinking to the development department of the company. In return, Rieder allows the artists to let their imagination run free.

Alpine shelter

Within the framework of an architecture seminar at Harvard University, different designs for the construction of a safe, long-lasting, and architecturally appealing bivouac in the high alpine terrain emerged. In cooperation with OFIS architects, the concrete specialist, Rieder, supports the students in the design and realisation of the shelter at 2,118 meters above sea level in the Slovenian Alps.

The envelope of the exposed shelter was created with öko skin glass fibre concrete. The comparatively low weight of the only 13 mm thin plates, a high degree of pre-fabrication, and quick assembly were important for the erection on the mountain by means of helicopters. Moreover, the silver-grey colouring and the natural surface feel of the facade harmonise with the sparse mountain landscape.

dOcumenta (13)

Together with the Green Dot and the Green Building Group, Rieder realised a “Sustainable Museum” with an öko skin facade at dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel.

Sculptural concrete

With sculptural concrete, Rieder opens up new paths towards three-dimensional facade design. The individual design was developed by the Swiss architectural office, L3P, and presented for the first time at Swissbau 2010 in Basel. In a special manufacturing process, elevations or depressions of the otherwise flat facade panel are feasible in many forms, opening up great freedom for design for architects and planners.

Augmented Atmospheres

The concept of Diller Scofidio + Renfro for the Zaryadye Park in Moscow was first tested in public at the Architecture Biennale 2014 in Venice. The life-sized staging with self-heated or cooled walls and seat elements, made of Bionics concrete, were developed together with Transsolar.

fibreC Pavilion

156 corrugated concrete elements surround the pavilion, designed by Carlos Martinez architects. The interior of the pavilion was designed as a snail.

More projects

Experimental Design - Designed by the students of the AA School for the Eco- and Future Build Show in London, the artwork was lovingly nicknamed Peanut, due to its shape, and was later exhibited at the London Design Festival.
CSpace Pavilion - For the 10th anniversary of the AA Design Research Laboratory, the architects Alan Dempsey and Alvin Huang realised a temporary pavilion, made of concrete skin, which was also admired at the London Festival of Architecture.
Nail Tower – Game of the Powerful - Heidulf Gerngross, Franz West, and Kurt Hofstetter designed a building envelope, consisting of single tower fragments, for the Nail Tower. A complex pattern was realised, using water-jet technology, and exhibited at the Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna.
Esprit & Etiquette - For the Maison & Objet design fair in Paris, architect Georg Grasser developed 24 floating table elements, made of formed concrete skin elements – each one of them a one of a kind.
Light & Concrete - The exhibits, developed for the Triennale/Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan by Davide Groppi and 967 Design, play with the contrasts of light and concrete.
tiger_stealth - The stealth boat presented by Peter Sandbichler at the Museumsquartier in Vienna is made up of more than 100 individually cut parts made of glassfibre reinforced concrete in the camouflage colour, Sandstone, to match the ground.