
POLYHEDRON


Competition for the emblem of an Emirate, 2009
(status: not carried out on the proposed site)
Proposed for the new landmark of an Emirate is the geometric shape of the polyhedron in Dürer's famous engraving Melencolia § I.
The form focuses on references from various cultures that use the
universal language of geometry and number symbolism. The geometric
shape is based on the triangle. In the Islamic tradition it is the
origin of the complex selfsimilar patterns that can be found in the
architecture of the islamic world. The eight faces of the polyhedron
point to otherworldly, the six pentagons on secular life. The
equilateral triangles from above and below appear in the projection as
a star and refer to the rules of Tetraktys as the rules for harmonious
order. The twelve vertices of the polyhedron are all on the same sphere
and call it the zodiac and the cosmic wholeness.
The object itself appears hermetical, it does neither disclose its
material nor its construction. The perfectly mirrored surface reflects
the environment as a kaleidoscopic image.
As an artifact, it questions the boundary between nature, culture and science.
The project is shown in three images that do not depict the location
itself, but suggests three ideas about the limits of imagination:
The invisibility of what does not belong in this space and in this
time. They elude the perception, because the contrast to known things
is too big.
The city in the ideal conception, as a perfect comos created by imagination.
Finally, the city in the water, which would not be imaginable today, yet its existence is proof (Venice).









































