This brilliant museum makes a not-so-subtle point that every architect needs to confront at some point. Sometimes you just need to flip architecture on it's head to make sense of it. While this project by GMP Architekten is the most literal iteration of that idea that I've ever seen, it manages to make it's case quite well. Many architecture enthusiasts and professionals have a hard time with this concept. The natural contradiction associated with these designs are rejected like a virus, yet this is one of the most important lessons to learn. The lesson is that, while we may think we understand architecture, we don't. If we understood it nearly as much as we think we do, we wouldn't reject projects like this, rather they would be a natural iteration of an organic and evolving art form. The mind has a difficult time grasping these projects, but what we really struggle with are barriers with the mind. Go to any public planning meeting and you'll know what I'm talking about. While we may make arguments that projects like this reject the natural order of things, in reality what we're saying is that they contradict our mental notion of things. Overcoming mental barriers has always been more challenging than overcoming physical barriers. But with some practice and patience, we can open our minds to these new possibilities. Enjoy.
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