Nilsson Pflugfelder was founded by Magnus Nilsson and Ralf Pflugfelder and is based in London and Berlin.
The practice is situated on the inter-section of critical spatial design, architecture, art and discourse.
In 2012 Nilsson Pflugfelder won the commission to design the new Arts Centre at Loughborough University.
Their Wohnpilot housing scheme in Graz, Austria was awarded a 2nd prize in an international open competition.
In 2012 they have been shortlisted for the National Trust’s Kedleston Hall competition and the Legacy List’s Floating Cinema competition.
Nilsson Pflugfelder were the project architects for Something & Son / CREATE’s 2012 Cultural Olympics commission Barking Bathhouse, a 375 sqm temporary cultural and leisure centre in Barking, UK.
The practice has been specialising in projects where spatial constructs overlap, dissect and frictionally flatten several usually distinct programs into one coherent gesture: The recent Manifesta 9 installation Verbandkammer was presented to great critical acclaim.
Nilsson Pflugfelder have a few ongoing obsessions:
Archives – how virtual and physical knowledge can be prevented from entering the realm of the forgotten and instead be turned into something visible, present and productive.
Institutions and Institutional Memory – how to (re)think, (re)structure and (re)model both.
Discourse (The Staging of) – new social and spatial models to enable / disable and structure the exchange of ideas.
Wunderkammern (Cabinets of Curiosities) – in relation to an archival mode of praxis.
Narratives – as a means of situating their work and practice in a larger context.
Magnus Nilsson and Ralf Pflugfelder’s work has been exhibited widely, including at Manifesta 9 Parallel Events, FLACC, Wysing Arts Centre, DAZ, Performa 11 & 09 Biennials, Kunsthaus Graz, Gwangju Biennale, based in Berlin, Netherlands Architecture Institute, Archive of Spatial Aesthetics and Praxis, Kunstraum Lüneburg, 0047, The Gopher Hole, SKOR, Manifesta 8, Program e.V., MAC Chile, Le 104 Centquatre, Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Arnolfini, Lyon Biennial.
They have written a number of theoretical papers such as Archival Praxis, which will be published in a forthcoming book.
Their Verbandkammer project is currently shown at the First Works Award - Bauwelt Prize 2013 exhibition.