Linguistic Mythologems – Solar Pavilions | USA


This paper represents a model of knowledge established as a complex system in which all elements are interdependent. Given that the most common instrument of knowledge and insight is LANGUAGE, throughout this architectural work we will try to give an insight on what shapes the science of language, how does it establish its existence, which elements are coplanar, how do they become constituted, which ones are larger/smaller and what is their relation, in order to understand clearly the idea of systematic knowledge.

Linguistic Mythologems – Solar Pavilions

1 Sun Temple

In this paper, we will try to get away from any detailed description or inscription of this work (due to ethic and aesthetic principles), in order to leave as much room possible for the “horizon of expectations” of the observer and interpreter of this project. Variable interpretations can only augment and enrich the already quite complicated idea of such a sculptural manifesto.

1.1 Desacralization of the space

The problem of today’s architecture and space in general, among other things, is the devaluation in the capacity of reflection of sacred space that transcends personal experience. Continuous use of used forms has led to a simplification of the architectural lexicon.

In order to reverse the process of desacralization motives, we must turn to the primordial images whose recognition is polysemic and multifaceted.

1.2 The concept of the Archetype

  The etymology of the word archetype indicates “typos”, which means ‘’a hit’’, or what is imprinted. More specifically, it means the first part, the beginning, or the principle. Supreme law or Logos. An ongoing process of imprinted reality. In modern vocabulary, a form. So archetype, not as a figure, but as a matrix of a symbolic model.

  The concept of Archetypes is nowadays exclusively linked to Jung, although the term is much older and is associated with the image of God (Imago Dei) in man. However, the problem of these references is that the present-day ideas, which were built around this concept, are anthropomorphic by type and, as such, are linked to man and his experience. In order to escape from such conceit, archetypal images that find their formal representative items in this architectural model will be exclusively related to the geometric universals, which have more in common with the principle, than with the human experience.

1.3 “The root of every image is the archetype”

 Pavilions are algorithmic figurations of the symbol of the sun in many different variations. The interior of the pavilion gives the impression of transcendent separation from the surrounding, but also an immanent feeling of belonging to something higher. Incorrect anchoring of walls to the floor is fixing the view through the ceiling and through the ideograms that are recognizable representations of different ideograms of the Sun.