Vertigo: the translation of a commonplace monument. Bert Dirrix’s project to transform the former chemical laboratory building from the 19605 on the site of Eindhoven University into a faculty of architecture can justifiably be regarded as a complex translation process. The starting point was the university’s wish to retain only the loadbearing and spatial structure of the building, modifying it to create premises that were at first regarded as unsuitable, or at least unlikely, for its new function. The outcome can be interpreted in terms of the reminiscences inherent in the premises. Appropriating and formulating anew the traditional formal and material language may be read as the result of remembering modern, preconceived forms and the experiences incumbent on them. This approach can be seen in connection with Maurice Halbwachs’ study of collective memory in which he explains why images of premises, the "spatial framework" of a society, frequently playsuch a crucial role in the collective memory: because places mould groups in the same way as groups mould places.
|Journal||Werk, Bauen und Wohnen|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|