Carl Constantin Weber



The idea of „arabesque and volume“ is to change temporally the point of view to our surrounding cultural heritage. For a while we try work with the aerial princip- les of a different culture. a culture witch is based in our neighbourhood.
Through all epochs the architectural design of buildings around us (means in middle europe) followed the tectonic fundamental values which are generally considered as „occidental“. We satisfy our cognition by making visible static phenomena in conjunction with the composition of basic geometric volume.
The basic canon of european civilizations and cultures offered for thousands of years countless options for anything built in architecture.
For our cognition this tectonic handling with „space and volume“ (which we practiced in europe) is very helpful. But in other cultures exist a different focus by the way to detect or create „space and volume“. of course not in all, because the perception of space belongs to the peo- ple, but the focus is different.
It is interesting, when we change our usual „eurocentric view“ by a look to other systems which were used in other culture, even to investigate and experiment with him.
From time to time our culture is come into contact with the existing oriental civilization in the neighbourhood. We can find the influence of this culture in our architecture. We must not classify the architecture of the ottomans and arabs as something completely different, because they also affected by the tectonic understanding of the occident neigh- bours. The historical diffusion between these civilizations are deep, there are existing common roots.
commonly it is said that in the oriental buildings works with the effect of the scenes and surfaces. The center of the western architecture is the volume, in the oriental architecture we speak of surface effects. There are existing countless beautiful examples.
The wall can be understood as a curtain. The cupola acts as the sky. maybe it is the influence of the temporary housing situation of nomadic peoples, living in tents, between palm trees.
The wall is designed with a rich culture of flat ornamentation. This handling with walls and facade is very different to the sculptural arran- gement of the historic facades in middle europe.
The high level of mathematics knowledge, the application of scripture
as decoration and the prohibiti- on of the picture are the sour- ces of ornamentation. In the european architecture exist a form of ornamentation as well, it is called the grotesque. The grotesque developed by the Romans (rediscovered in the Renaissance) is much more pictorial and 3-dimensional.
We will work self-contained with the development of ornament and effect. not the copying of oriental motifs is the target. own ideas should be developed to find new results of ornamentation. We will try
to create the feeling of space by using the wall and ornament for the „other“ areal effect.