When analyzing the architectures of war, R. G. Nobécourt states that “The fortress had important psychological value, for it tended to unite the occupier and the occupied in the fear of being swept away; the fortress provided unity and identity where there was none” (Virilio 29).
02. Bunker typologies from paul virilio’s bunker archeology. Architectural Press, 1994.
The landscape of trenches and bunkers is a function of defense, both psychological and physical. I used this typology to create a sanctuary for meditation and rehabilitation on the veteran’s Los Angeles campus. Just as bunkers are carved into the ground to provide safety, retreat, and escape, this project is partially buried into the hillside at the edge of the campus. There are spaces where you are inside of the ground, moving through the ground, and looming above the ground.
The faint glow of dim reflected daylight, the sheen of a plaster wall in a wash of sunlight, and the variations between heavy shadows and light shadows with reflected color.”
“The presence of light is the most fundamental connecting force of the universe. At the time of the decoupling of light and matter the universe became transparent to light. For its first million years, current theory holds, the universe was opaque and shadowless.”
Steven holl on the Light Labratory, Cranbrook Insitute of Science, 1998
Instructed by Maxi Spina