januari 2017

Lifted existence

On the other side of the river there is a building at which passers-by often glance upwards, and then look again. Not because it is either a very impressive building or because there is something spectacular happening high above them. Something very different is going on. The building consists of floors of which it could be easily established that they ‘re not designed for that particular height. Sometimes it is even said that the floors were lived on at that particular time.Nobody knows exactly when, but years ago these floors had been randomly put on top of each other so that a vertical settlement came into being. Exactly because the appearance and design of all those floors have little to do with height, it seemed as if the vertical settlement is higher than it actually is. It is not about something made of concrete and stone; here, the world itself is lifted and it seems that this is why the people who have let themselves be lifted along live there for such a long time.   (meer…)

Hotel development

Somewhere in the capital there was once a hotel that, when people walked in, differed from itself every day. The furniture was arranged differently, the colors were changed, the incidence of light, the sounds; and also the behavior of the people who worked there developed along with every new physical readjustment, even if it was minimal and subtle. This constant change was also tangible for those who visited the hotel only once and were, in fact, unable to make a comparison between the last or next day. After a while the hotel had many regular guests – of which some practically lived there – because the constant change of their surrounding had a positive effect on them. 

De-materialization

That matter arises from energy we know since the days of Einstein. Still we often forget this relation, especially when it comes to the creation of physical space. When our surrounding is insufficiently connected to non-material features there arises a thing-like collection of designed manifestations that we have become accustomed to call architecture. It is possible to do that differently, for instance by grounding the design-process of space on non-material issues. That results in buildings that are, indeed, made of stone or wood, but that do derive their presence first and foremost from their existential contribution to life.