What happens when things show up where no one expects them? An architecture gallery is not about playing, or is it? On occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Topotek 1 office and the release of the monograph „Paradise Remix“, the installation of inflatable toys in the gallery did, however, turn it into a playground.
While the re-installation of the objects from the State Horticultural Show in Wolfsburg was an assertive micro-project, asking questions about authorship and consummation of space, it granted an experience of bridgeing playfulness and responsible seriousness. In this, the installation could be read as a metaphoric display of how Topotek 1 approaches design projects: employing surprise elements as part of a scenography of space, translocating the known into new contexts, and insisting on a directness between visitor and project. Taken into possession instantaneously by the children and more hesitantly by the adults, the pink toys fullfilled their off-site playful dimension as they kept bouncing about for the rest of the evening.