2009-12-19

A Building Like A Book

    An architect designs with consciousness base on the past, for the present, and the future of unknown. What does it takes to make a building shows respect or grateful of the past, responds to the present and serves the future well? Does a timeless building exist? We look at the architecture of five hundred years old, what really sustained them for so long ? And yet most of them are like a good book, from every page it opens us into a new source of wonder, bringing us into another world of time with the consciousness of our time, it is that sacred that it enlightens us and gives us knowledge to enjoy the fullest of life.

    But where do all these come from? There should be essence, and value which make a building a good building. Contexts are always important. It is understood as circumstances and issues which surround a site a place, both "concrete", and "abstract" data. Concrete here can be interpreted as a site condition, topography and climate, while abstract is referring to the history, memory, culture and event which is most of the time I found them could be hardly figured out from surface.
    We often found interpretation of building as an engine, or a machine to be living in. But an engine works no different from place to place. We then found architecture which grows itself, repair itself, assemble-dissemble able. Self sustaining building, container and recycled buildings, and perhaps Native American architecture which is portable for instance. To be significant, a building has to make manifest its place. Back to the fundamental principle of architecture which is to provide human shelter. How do we want to be occupied in space and access to the nature? Climate, weather, and topography should be made manifest, and culture, event and memory should be celebrated. No one really knows whether a timeless building exists and it is impossible to be experimented. And yet good design process and design methodology should be timeless and precise, should be questioned always, and it should be shared as a common language.