Dyvik Kahlen Architects: On Tony Fretton's sketch of entrance for the Holy Island Buddhist Centre, 1993

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Dyvik Kahlen Architects (*2010), On Tony Fretton's sketch of entrance for the Holy Island Buddhist Retreat Centre, Scotland, 1993, 2019. Black Styrofoam, corrugated aluminium, stucco embossed aluminium, a pebble, two leaves.

A Ruin


The sketch is finished and unfinished at the same time, it’s precise and equally ambiguous. In a way architecture should be the same, somewhere between a ruin and a loved space. A ruin understood as a spatial sequence that follows it’s own internal logic, void of an immediate functional purpose. Loved through an ever changing context and appropriated by a life that unfolds in seasons and moves on as society evolves.

The model learns from the space hinted at in Tony Fretton’s sketch and builds the spatial sequence of a ruin. We take this ruin serious and propose a way to inhabit it with minimum means and costs. We make it ours. For a moment.


– Dyvik Kahlen Architects

Click here to see a plan of the model by Dyvik Kahlen Architects, alongside Tony Fretton's original drawing; here to return to the Alternative Histories curatorial statement, alongside a slide show; and here, for a full list of participants.