Perhaps best expressed in the words of Effi Briest: “It is a broad field.” Anne-Catherine Fleith, Michael Obrist, Peter Zoderer, Mario Painter, and Richard Scheich, who met through diverse universities and ERASMUS corners, probably also considered this sentiment when founding the architecture collective feld72 in 2002. This group of five are not just architects, but also experimental and artistic creators of spaces and cities. Their goal was to create positive long term change within environments through intelligent and precise interventions. They consider their work an interface between architecture, art and applied urbanism.
A good example is their project ‘The Million Donkey Hotel,’ which involved transforming a village close to Naples along with its inhabitants, in only four weeks and with a very limited budget. Themes of ‘identity’ and ‘social space’ influenced their work. Projects like this have helped the members of feld72 to gain international fame in the field of architecture. Many of their creations and projects have not only been exhibited at several biennials, but also also awarded an array of accolades.
Their ideas are forged inside an old factory within the seventh district of Vienna. Over the years many creatives have worked and socialized in this space. Wild parties thrown in the Stiegenhaus have become somewhat legendary. But not only success is celebrated here, a lot of intense hard work is undertaken to earn it. Anne Catherine Fleith and Michael Obrist took their time to talk about their work with us and Richard Scheich invited us to his apartment not far away.