architect & theoristana vignjević
A defining purpose of architecture is traditionally related with her protective value. Obvious separation between the unpredictable outside, caused by forces of nature, and the controlled inside processes, achieves a sense of protection and psycho-physical safety. Modernistic concept of visual transparency and continuous space disrupt the inviolability of this iconic intellection, once and for all weakening the boundaries between architecture and nature. Nevertheless, protection from the weather was unchangeable parameter throughout the entire history of architecture. As the architectural materials were more `open` to the nature with transparency and thinning, they were more strengthened with substances that protect them from unpredictable outside. Feeling the architecture through its protecting value implies by inertia a contradiction between internal mechanisms of house and external forces of nature. But what if those phenomenons suddenly become incompatible? What if the glass envelope, which allowes the view and protects from the rain suddenly turns into `a window for a wind `? Searching for an answer to this question this study examines paradox of materializing architecture with its own immateriality. In an effort to be completely liberated from the conventional load of firmness and stability (in terms of appearance as well as functionality) architecture assumes ephemeral substances of nature: water, wind, air, light, sound, and transforms them into its own material appearance.
Arhitektura i urbanizam, Institute of Architecture and Urban & Spatial Planning of Serbia, Journal, 2008, iss. 22-23, pp. 25-33