︎︎︎MATIJA DOLENC


‘...I shall call an apparatus literally anything that has in some way the capacity to capture, orient, determine, intercept, model, control, or secure the gestures, behaviors, opinions, or discourses of living beings.’ Giorgio Agamben

Memory is the recollection of the past into the present. Our lives are shaped by what we recollect and how we curate such recollection.
Monuments therefore hold an incredible power. They are a form of constructed memory that influences our built environment and the way we carry forward the narratives of our existence.

Office towers are monuments of and to carbon form. Carbon form created the contemporary city as we know it through the spaces of productivity that we inhabit. The office is a container of ideals of production and comfort that are imposed on us; an apparatus that manages our existence and outwardly hides the meaning of its built form and the pollution-heavy processes involved in its own unsustainable sustenance.

The generic office has been altered, to project into the present the past it represents. What once was an architecture of de-subjectifying 9to5ism has been converted into a place for memory generation, an active monument, and an art gallery. What once was a polluting device has now turned into a purification system. 

To reveal how the carbon form hyper object operates, the office has been mined with a stepped radial void, in the same manner carbon form originates from escavation.

It is a retaliation that reveals how carbon form affects our cities and the toll it takes to sustain our comforts. This iconoclasm does not negate the office as a monument though, rather it spatialises and exposes its origins.