UNTITLED SPACE
Architectura + Natura Press 2005

Untitled Space is everything that architectural history is not. Architectural historians write by definition about designated space. The Temple of Luxor, the Palace of Knossos, the Akropolis of Athens. Architectural historians have to answer questions, usually in order to explain why a building is worthwhile to be preserved as a monument. Is the architect famous enough? Does the building represent some sort of an important social aspiration, like for instance the devotion of the sun, or the housing of the people? Architecture too always has to answer questions. Questions of the bill of quantities, of a client, of the local authorities or the fire department. So in the end the essential characteristics of architecture could be judged on the basis of a simple questionnaire, or so it seems. Untitled Space doesn't answer questions. The aloofness to designate a place, or name a building, for example 'Toornend House', encourages the beholder to set aside the simple questionnaire that establishes certified monuments. Untitled Space poses questions. About architecture.' (Vincent van Rossem, architectural historian)

The realization of Untitled Space 05-08 was made possible by a grant of the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture.

UNTITLED SPACE is elaborated in the book of the same name (Architectura + Natura Press; 2005; text by Maaike Bleeker, Jeroen Boomgaard, Joost Meuwissen, Vincent van Rossem, Paul Toornend and Wouter Vanstiphout; graphic design by Michaël Snitker,

Brown edition: ISBN 90-768631-4-8 (UK)
White edition: ISBN 90-768631-3-x (NL)

For more info on UNTITLED SPACE:
www.untitledspace.net www.too.nl or www.architectura.nl

NIET OP LEUNEN A.U.B. (Drukkerij Rosbeek)

Hall of Mirrors.

'UNTITLED SPACE is everything that architectural history is not.' So says architectural historian Vincent van Rossum of this Dutch project by Paul Toornend and Jelle Post. The project originated in 1995 to challange the traditional hierarchies and traditions of architecture.

Amsterdam-based graphic designer Michaël Snitker has created a book to document the work that itselfs reflect the concept of UNTITLED SPACE.

The built constructions of UNTITLED SPACE use mirrors to reflect and deflect the surrounding invironment and Snitker has done the same in the book with mirrored paper and varnisch in special sections. Elsewhere he has used Blue Back pearl-effect paper (usually used to print posters that are displayed in back-lit units) to evoke 'rain on a glass window'. The typeface for the body copy is Demos, designed by Gerard Unger. The titles are typeset in Akkurat, a new sans serif typeface by Laurenz Brunner. 'Because of the conceptual approach of the project I wanted to use a modern typeface next to a more classic, historical one', concludes Snitker. 'Both typefaces have lots of character but are not too forced'.

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