A VISION - A COMMENT
The debate of legitimate architectural styles, and the question if we actually do require specific formulation of what it is we’re building and perceiving stays inapproachable. It is especially difficult to approach such a topic, when you can not entitle yourself of being an experienced personality from this field.
Though I hereby would like to elaborate my positioning and intentions further. As a designer we do, as an architect, share the same keywords in our profession, such as materials, form, technologies, concept, narration, functionality, innovation, familiarity, intuition, fascination and it’s meaning in the context of our time. Even though I must withdraw in proving myself as being an architect, I believe my education does come quite close to it. But it is not just about trying to be an architect, I believe that much success evolves from being interdisciplinary.
Furthermore just the mere fact that I, such as everyone else, am a member of this civilization, one that is known for erecting habitable buildings in the aim to create entire cities to live, work, move and experience. I am a member of the public, where the facades act as the exterior of the private space and as the interior of the public. Which makes the facades and their design act as tapestry in my ephemeral living space. Therefore it is impossible to neglect the their importance, the importance of their aesthetic and intentions, since they act on us and make us who we are.
As someone interacting and observing my built environment I can not help myself for the immense fascination I have for the pre-modern architecture. Their facades speak of the tremendous amount of time put in their artisan construction, partly because they did not have help of machines back in the time, but mostly because of the choice in having complex and time costly detailing. Architecture was by far not just seen as a medium of sheltering, but as an art, as an expression of the time, as a demonstration of their pride and showing their devotion and love in making the built environment a beautiful one. These facades are immensely valuable to me for their crafted details, as much as for their richness in intention, an intention given to each centimeter of the surface shown to the public.
Today the craft has disappeared from the architecture and has been replaced by efficient construction techniques, which should not be a reason to erase all intentions a facade could carry. I believe that with the technological innovations it is more a question of how we can translate and develop new intentions and aesthetics within facades, instead of leaving this chapter blank. As much a building is meant to be lived in, we on the public side live in it’s outer appearance, therefore it’s facades can not just be an arbitrary and functional outcome of the inside, but should be deliberately designed and speak of it’s intentions.
My research and materialized outcome are intended to comment upon today’s architecture, when placed within the existing it may create a certain tension and open a dialogue. It may encourage more participants of that certain public space to observe, to absorb and to reflect upon it. To not just consider as a presupposed entity, but as one we interact with, we get influenced by and we might want to see changing.
It is a comment addressing a sensitive and elaborately debated topic, a comment that may enhance the existing through it’s intervention, as much as it may be a suggestive approach of how to conceptualize the outer appearance of prospective building.