Phantom Surface

1           Public spaces are apparitions, outlines, punctuations and noises. 

They are not architectural forms but ghost surfaces.

2            This is a not a romance with tabula rasa, nor a utopian dream.

This is a conceptual X-ray of the metropolis –

architecture that is reduced to a ‘non-figurative’ grid of services.

3           Public space is the shape-maker of differences, and producer of collective voices.

4            When there is architecture, nothing is possible. 

When there is no architecture, everything [else] is possible.

5          This is an erasure of architecture - pure programme, without form.

There is a neoliberal maxim of public space production - whenever there is emptiness, architectural space has to take command. Like many of public space, this project is armed with a paradoxical ambition - to create a centripetal monument with the highest flexibility for agglomeration. Against the economic forces of densification, our project reduces architectural form to its minimal. A public space without form in turn celebrates human activity as a centripetal monument. 

Instead of taking a specific site that will designate certain public character and accommodate the needs of the locale, our project focuses on representing a model of public space - a container for programme. It entails multiple scenarios - colonisation of left-over spaces, re-imagination of new parks and revitalising post-industrial landscapes.

Public space is wherever civic programme can take place: parade for the Matsuri festival, sport events, careers fairs, commemorations and even public demonstration. Architecture for such space can simply be the distribution of services. Every 5 metres - a power socket; every 6 meters - floor lighting; 7m - drainage pipe; 14m - air-conditioning; ... the artificial surface continues.





Tokyo, Japan

Competition | 2nd Prize

Jongwon NA

Andrea Branzi

Rem Koolhaas