THE FORCES IN ARCHITECTURE
What informs the form of a project?
We spend a lot of time identifying and designing the right question (not just the answer) that a project is expected to solve (there is nothing worse than responding well to the wrong question).
In a project’s equation, there are some terms that are unavoidable. Like gravity or nature. Gravity, it’s a fact and a consequence our project’s weight. Nature works with different magnitudes and as a consequence we try not to lose the big picture in our projects. Both of them introduce atavistic, primitive forces that impose a certain discipline to forms. They work as filters against arbitrariness. We like that.
But even if counterintuitive, there are other forces in architecture that are much stronger and it is better to agree with them. One of those forces is the strength of daily customs and everyday life — the search for the shortest distance across a field that a shortcut offers, the search for a nice morning light for a bedroom or the possibility to darken it at night, the proliferation of curtains that try to reduce undesired glares in curtain-wall office spaces that may be too modern for eyes that haven’t changed in millenniums – are traces of the force of customs.
All these forces should inform the form of architecture (and if not taken into consideration, they transform it anyhow). This exhibition documents these forces at play.
LocationTokyo | japan