"on the stage of living"

We see the building as "stage" for the inhabitants and as a catalyst for the layering and densification of city life. Our architecture functions through its symbiosis of a primal order (the determinate structure of the building) and a secondary order (its use). We must therefore prepare ourselves, to integrate liveliness, dynamic, tempo and unpredictability into our thoughts and methods of planning. Program, organisation and direction will play an ever increasing role in the planning stage. And "our" pictures will - if we concern ourselves with providing the proper framework - come to being on their own.


In the future architects will no longer be responsible for the designing of communities, apartments, buildings, and cities. More importantly they will have to provide structures, in which communities, apartments, buildings, and cities can grow on their own. These structures will define frameworks, within which the interaction between the discrete parts and the whole may take place. The unforeseen will not only be tolerated, but far more, will become a point of reference, a premise. Designing will then be a balancing act, between order and chaos. This concept is appropiate for the liveliness, dynamic, tempo and unforeseeable of contemporary society.


We see the building as a catalyse for the intensification and stratification of urban space as well as city life. The house is the basic thread which makes the conscious act of meshing city fabric possible, as warp to woof. In truth, every building is a urban landscape onto its own. Clear boundaries between building and city no longer exist - the complex relationship between horizontal and vertical does. For no singular building, but rather the multi-layered urban quarter, comprised of separate autonomous building parts, creates the background for living and thus also design.


In the span of its historic development, architecture has repeatedly revised the motive or reason for its existence. To protect man "against" the world and its elements - the plausible origin. In the 20th century, building technology has allowed this mentality to progress to point of creating very isolated (and artificial)climates in buildings, in a way anti-worlds. In the future we will be pursuing building design in the line of durability, synergie, and economy, creating spaces no longer in need of a "brute technology". The fassade, being the interface or "membrane" between a building and its surroundings, will thus no longer function as an isolating skin, but instead, must offer a degree of permeability. In its build up of various layers, such a fassade will offer control over thermal as well as social exchange.


The essence of our architecture is not developing self-sufficient, isolated layers, but rather considering their spatial interaction through superimposition, their ability to make themselves "readable" from the outside, and their spontaneous uses. The face of such an architecture is in constant change, but nevertheless always reflects its current "inner" state. It is an architecture which is continuously writing and revising its own story, an architecture of metamorphosis.