Kim Adams

Installation view 1997 © Kim Adams. Photo: Roman Mensing /

Installation view 1997 © Kim Adams. Photo: Roman Mensing /

Auto Office Haus [Auto Office House]


Multi-part installation made of various materials: steel bin (grain silo), car hoods and trunks, coloured aluminium sheets, steering wheels, tires, a lawn mower, plastic roofing, panoramic glass window, tractor driving seat, fluorescent lighting (among others)

Dimensions of steel bin: height 547 cm, diameter 671 cm



Aegidiistraße 45, on the roof of a disused petrol station. Up until 1997 it housed the dispatch office of a taxi firm. Today the building is used as a café.

The work was first installed for the duration of Skulptur. Projekte in Münster 1997. Afterwards it remained in Münster. When on 28 July 2014 a storm blew down an ash tree onto Auto Office Haus, badly damaging it, the work that had been initially conceived as a temporary installation was finally dismantled in November 2016.1

Kim Adams

* 1951 in Edmonton, Canada

lives and works in Toronto, Canada, and Grand Valley, Canada

Kim Adams erected a multi-component installation on the flat roof of a former petrol station from the 1950s. The work consisted of a metal grain silo covered with a conical roof onto which car tires, a lawn mower and various elements of a car were mounted, held by three swivel arms. A section of the round metal wall was replaced with a panoramic glass window through which on the inside two children’s bicycles were visible. About this the artist commented: “This rooftop sculpture is a housing sculpture project. […] Inside the grain bin house there will be car furniture made from car interiors, such as car seats with a car-hood table. There will be a light in the interior of the house. Basically these elements form a kind of ’House Car Office Home’”.Adams associated his work with a merry-go-round – he had originally even had the idea of using a motor to make the round structure rotate.3

Adams is well known for his large-scale sculptural and architectural installations made of prefabricated industrial elements, especially car parts.His approach ideally matched to the historic function of the chosen site. As a petrol station or the office of a taxi company the building stood inevitably as a hub for the bundled themes of technology, progress and mobility. Adams’s Auto Office Haus addressed the agitated and crisscrossed patterns of people’s lives in modern society; as such, every form of home defines a base from which we can productively and purposefully advance in the volatile flow of traffic of our everyday reality.

Daniel Friedt

Martin Kalitschke, “Unwetterschaden: Künstler kommt extra aus Kanada”, in: Westfälische Nachrichten, 29.8.2014. Online: (last consulted: 4.1.2017); anon., “Skulptur-Projekt deinstalliert”, in: Westfälische Nachrichten, 11.11.2016. Online: (last consulted: 4.1.2017).

Cf. statement by Kim Adams, “Auto Office Haus – Mehrteilige Installation”, 27.8.1996. Online: Konzept (last consulted: 4.1.2017).


Cf. Nancy Campbell, “Kim Adams – Auto Office Haus”, in: Klaus Bußmann, Kasper König and Florian Matzner (eds.), Skulptur. Projekte in Münster 1997, exhib. cat. Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Münster, Ostfildern-Ruit, 1997, pp. 46–51.




  • Still existing / Public Collection
  • Removed
  • In the museum