On: A Material Basis For Form

To make an extraordinary material special, is banal. To heighten one’s awareness of a humble material like brick, is poetic. In this, Lewerentz is drawing on a similar underlying ethic as Mies does in his Krefeld villas. Both architects are concerned to reveal the secret life which lies latent within their material. Both suppress structural expression to give the material an autonomy from technique, intensifying the idea of the material. Lewerentz and Mies are making the case for a material basis for form.
— Adam Caruso (Sigurd Lewerentz And A Material Basis For Form (Oase #45/46, 1997)

Lucency #2

(S.R. Crown Hall IIT, Chicago, 2011)


Epicgram #22

I remember in my hometown in Aachen was the cathedral. This octagon was built by Charlemagne. In different centuries they did something different with it. Sometime in the Baroque they plastered the whole thing and made ornaments in it. When I was young they took the plaster out. Then they didn’t have the money to go further, so you saw the real stones. When I looked at the old building that had nothing on it, just fine brickwork or stonework - a building that was really clear and with really good craftsmanship - I would have given all the other things for one of these buildings.
— Mies van der Rohe

Photograph: Untitled (Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, 2013)