Open Architecture

We assume that architecture does not have and is not meaning. It is the three-dimensional presentation of a building problem, and thus the solution. Inasmuch as there is a solution. To make the usable areas as large and economical as possible, projects are conceived first as a basic shell, which users can appropriate and improve. Making visible the possibilities and their variations makes the outer gestalt of the complex identifiable. The inner gestalt differentiates, it does not define. We do not view existing structures as fixed realities in terms of content or form. We see them as empty shells, as spaces that no longer need to be built because they are already there. Interventions are thereby neither playful nor dialectical; instead, they merely serve the purpose of spatial organization.

1983