Architecture is like dogma, deliberate
decision upon the undecidable, doctrine without proof.
Architecture frames and supports what
cannot be predicted: life. If we were to summarize life in a city and life in a building in one gesture, it would have to be that of passing
through walls. Every moment of our existence is a continuous movement through space defined by walls. Architects cannot define how program
changes, how movement performs, how flows unfold, how change occurs. The only performance that can reliably be attributed to architecture is
its specific inertia in the face of life’s mutability.
Architecture is the definition of its
boundaries rather than representation of its image. It is not the sculpting of an object or the shaping of a landmark, but the composition
of parts through the framing of spaces. “Reality as found” can only be contained and confronted by architecture, not reproduced or represented.
Architecture is the continuous tension between
inside and outside, between what it includes and what it excludes. Architecture is at once an aspiration to unite and recognize its own limits.
As such, it always defines itself in relation to, and in antagonism with, its context.
Architecture must address the city even when
the city has no goal for architecture. Ultimately, the form of the city is simultaneously the object for, and method of architecture. Architecture
has an implicit and reciprocal relationship with the city i.e. without the city, architecture would not exist.
The architecture of our projects is form without
style. It is radically silent and anonymous. Composed of authorless forms, its aim is to suspend all unnecessary celebrations and to postulate
intelligible spatial configurations.