Gelateria Bottrop

Exhibition contribution for the 12th Architecture Biennale in Sao Paulo

The Italian ice cream parlor is one of the most popular urban offerings in the German-speaking cultural area. Every city in Germany has at least one. The ice cream parlor has a significant influence on our understanding of "being outside" in our cultural area and has become a symbol of the Central European love of Italy and the integration of Italians into society. The success of the ice cream parlor is largely based on a great sensitivity to spatial characteristics, patterns of movement and cycles of use of the context, which are artfully used for certain periods of the year.

For over 100 years, the ice cream parlors have been created in a process of migration and adaptation from a single valley in the Italian Dolomites - the Val di Zoldo. However, the second major emigration country of the Zoldani is Brazil, and many Brazilian Zoldani now go to Central Europe to work in the ice cream business. In the exhibition contribution for the 12th Architecture Biennale in Sao Paulo, which is dedicated to the question of "everyday", we have transferred a typical Eiscafé́ to Brazil. In the exhibition space CCSP, ice cream was distributed and the history of the ice cream parlors was told on oversized ice cream cards. In the sense of a "catalog" they convey historical data and architectural examples.

Team: Anna Weber, Marie Enders (RWTH Aachen University, Chair of Building Theory and Foundations of Design, Prof. Anne-Julchen Bernhardt), Benedikt Boucsein (TUM, Chair of Urban Design), Axel Humpert, Tim Seidel (BHSF Architects, Zurich / FH Nordwestschweiz, Muttenz), Hannes Rutenfranz, Jasmin Schiele, Mariana Vilela Arquitetura, Sao Paulo