The Big Unconscious Organizer
AAM – Academy of Architecture of Mendrisio, Mendrisio, Switzerland
Master 2 | 1st Semester
Prof. Arch. Kersten Geers (OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen)
Assistants: Andrea Zanderigo & Carola Daldoss
A great number of large buildings are pragmatic clothing for an undefined content. The big box has become the mother-board for suburban non-residential colonization. It has made its debut as a warehouse and is now the dominant encasing for everything from shoppings to logistic centers.
This architecture should position itself servant to the content it does not grasp while being fundamental enough to make sense on its own right.
In this post-economic collapse climate, do gestures of exuberance, such as those built in China or Dubai, display any content that speaks to society’s condition in its totality?
May we instead consider it a form of elitist asceticism?
If so, can an intelligent interpretation of the “big box” provide a direction?
Site: Molette à Blanc Mesnil, Paris
Views: Approaching the building
Cross-Section: Construction detailing
Architecture Without Content, Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris, France