DENKRAUM // A YEAR SPENT IN PHILOSOPHY, ARCHITECTURE, AND PLACE.
My final design project was heavily conceptual in nature, and at its heart examined contemporary notions of public space and individual experience.
The project was located on Nobbys Headland, an iconic Newcastle landscape, and investigated the role of architecture in affecting human experience, specifically in relation to ideas relating to the metaphysical and in its potential role as an intermediary between existence and the nihilist abyss.
It was centered on Nietzschean philosophy relating to individual and collective Will to Power, which celebrates the “eternal joy of becoming” - that is, in life affirming action – and it’s encompassed “joy in destruction”1. Its underlying intention was the breaking down and recreation of all values based on a new and self-directed perception of life as a means of supreme affirmation and self realisation as encouraged by space and experience.
The architectural strategy was focused throughout on the interplay between architecture and nature, the relationship between past and present, as well as the individual and society. The building is at once architecture and landscape, and strove not merely to describe, but to shape the world and its inhabitants. It explored the realm between the Apollonian and Dionysian (as viewed by Nietzsche) and the “moment of supreme coming-to-oneself”2, which comes as a result of their uncommon and yet essential synthesis.
1 Frederich Nietzsche, Ecce Homo, 1888
2 Frederich Nietzsche, Ecce Homo, 1888