INTERESTED in finding limits - personally, of others, of society - and pushing
beyond them, to explore realms outside of the common and the comforting to
deepen and explore experiences, the dark side of architecture searches for the
edges, the margins of the accepted spaces of society and tries to transcend them
in an attempt to find new experience and space outside of the spheres of everyday
space. The dark side of architecture, then, may be understood as the spaces opposing
or outside of the ordinary, conventional or normal spaces; taboo space, finding
the limits of the accepted reflects not only rules and regulations, but also reflects
society, all other spaces and the morals and values of society - spatially and in
general. The dark side of architecture is an attempt to find these spaces that arc
either on the boundary or just beyond, in hope of procuring the characteristics and
possible potential contained within the unfamiliar, strange and unknown space.
This thesis is a speculation of the 'dark side', beginning with an attempt to define
the connotations and implications of the so called, dark side of architecture.
alongside a journey to attempt to locale dark space: where it resides, its forms,
functions and inhabitants. To locate and situate dark architecture is an attempt
to explore the potentials and eventually - if possible - apply these characteristics
towards a design of, or for, the dark side of architecture.