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Otto Kapfinger “emerging architecture I” about Geiswinkler & Geiswinkler – Architekten:

A paradoxical start to an interview: Benevolo’s in every respect weighty volume of ‘Storia della Città’ lies on the table while the architects of Vienna’s most modern bar enthuse about different versions of the hippodamic planning of Priene, Syracuse and Delos. Markus and Kinayeh Geiswinkler have visited, walked and analyzes all the important sites of antiquity from Asia Minor to Spain. When they muse over the modernity of geometry, the complexity of spatial modules and the comfort of the old Mediterranean cities, they bridge the gab between ‘then’ and ‘now’ in an amazingly un-academic manner, revealing the anthropological and sociological sensibility that gives their advanced constructions such a distinguished flair. Town-planning and structural design regulate the dynamics between private and public sphere and anonymity by means of geometry and technology, whereby the natural landscape is transformed into the dense relief of the development area. Be it a kindergarten or a residential building at the periphery or a bar in the centre: the Geiswinklers always react carefully to the situation and the envisaged use – never blindly fulfilling a program, but transforming their impression of a site and assignment into a practical, open possibility.Thus their buildings combine the contemporary leanings towards the abstract with the timelessness of human constancy. In choice of material and detail they openly indulge their passion for reduction and high-tech minimalism, but not only that. Their work revives the smoothness, silence and solitude of minimalism on a subtler level of design. Glass and metal in their cold facelessness become again eloquent agents for the qualities of direct and indirect lighting and vision, of optical reflex and diffusion as well as modulation of acoustics and tactile atmosphere – masterfully enacted on the urbane stage of the Guess-Club. It dramatically opened up an old, closed-in corner of the city and at the same time created a multi-facetted, urbane setting around the external solitude and superficiality of Internet and bar communication. Unlike the sharply edged prisms favoured at present, their residential projects display a vividly differentiated relationship between building and environment, they work as intensely on the cross-sections of their multi-storied structures as the old masters did on the profiles of cornices and eaves: the creation of transitions for space and light, the interaction of sight-lines and shadows, was and is the theme, both then and now.

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