"our interest was never solely focussed on the geometry, nor on the computational techniques themselves. Our interest lay largely in the possibility to carry out spatial experiments and to see how the resulting structures could actually be constructed. Prior to this it was extremely difficult to control complex spaces and it involved a great deal of time. These new techniques meant we could work at greater speed and be more daring in our experiments with spatial organisational principles. (...)
We have learnt instead that by looking back at certain qualities in a number of projects you can discover that they share a particular set of ideas, solutions, conceptual and formal qualities which when combined could potentially produce a key work. Lately, rather than isolating projects, we have adopted this understanding and approach. This is something you also see in music and in art."
Van Berkel, Intervieewd by Gonçalo Furtado and Diogo Moreira.
"THE COMPLEX GEOMETRY AT UNStudio: A CONVERSATION WITH BEN VAN BERKEL’S STUDIO", To be published in Arq./a, June 2009.