Transformation of spatial principles


The history of Architecture is a history of transfer. Without migration, architecture is not thinkable.

People immigrating to Germany bring with them the wish for cultural-specific spatial programs and building types that have not existed in Germany before. These building types developed within a specific urban morphology, social context and certain period of time. Their spatial principles reach out across the actual building boundaries and are connected and interact with the local urban fabric within which they were developed.

Transfer to a new context leads to a selection of typology-relevant spatial principles. When inserted into the new context these principles become transformed.

Their cultural field of reference is not restricted to one ‘place’ though. Transnational identities express themselves in architecture, whose concrete components, that is typology, surrounding set of rules and idea of space, as well as client, architect, specialized builders, building components or materials stem from different parts of the world and are put together anew in a new place.

The architecture developing from these processes is still hardly received as cultural artifact in Germany. The work explores through drawn analysis on examples built in Germany and their references in former home countries the transformation and new establishment of spatial principles in relationship with the new context.