Raili & Reima Pietilä Dipoli

Source: Anna & Eugeni BachPhotography: Anna & Eugeni BachYear: 1961
Date: December 2, 2022

Dipoli might be a torso. It is unsettled architecture. At the same time as being like a materialized sketch, it is a sketch of architecture. – Too difficult to settle rightly as yet. It is suggestive in the same sense as the spoken word, good if one can sense the meaning. Dipoli is contrary to preconceived good taste; styleless (in as much as style is the consistency of convention). It is contrary to the tried and accepted rules of composition. Defends the right to be different, yet is architecture, and believes that architecture is more than just one (architect favoured) type of building. Adds to our in-sight into what a building is. Opposes the view that architecture is only good if it is deadly serious. There are no preconceived, readymade unit areas in Dipoli; there is also no single concept pattern to regulate the way in which the spaces take shape. In Dipoli the aim is no longer that one should see and remember a morphological event just by looking.
Dipoli: Literal morphology.
Arkkitehti 9/67 (Translated by Diana C. Tullberg)

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