On the Spatiality of Memory


Isabell Wolke

The central method of the project is the study of two material processes: construction and erosion. The proposal of a new data centre typology, which functions as an automated high-rise rack, allows to observe its continuous construction and densification. Spreading on the site of Sofiensaal, it opposes the slowly decaying ruin of the former dance hall. Both processes touch upon the spatiality of memory: the ruin works as mnemonic device as it embodies memory through its very physical existence. The data centre on the other hand is an architectural ramification of the steadily growing impact of digital memory. In order to discuss these two emergences of memory in architecture, the project sketches a scenario where the ruin of Sofiensaal is not reconstructed and overbuilt with a housing complex. Instead the former solid transforms into a void space within the city that can be appropriated freely, adaptable over time. The data centre constructs itself around it, efficiently growing according to its economic needs. The buffer zone in between the ruin and the new construction is carefully developed and enables visitors to perceive the infrastructure behind digital storage and to trace its steady growth.

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On the Spatiality of Memory


Isabell Wolke

Portrayed in a fragmented, selective set of images and animations, the project wants to examine these spatial mechanisms of memory and how they reflect on contemporary society. As installation it also aims to touch the viewer on a personal level, creating a space of remembrance on its own.

Advisors: Stefan Gruber