House De Vijlder II
© Toon Grobet
Is a movement in architecture that aims to communicate its vision on architecture through the act of building.
Meta stands for a renewed interest in the building process, an interest in architecture itself.
Meta aims to make architecture that escapes the superfluous by starting from practical problems.
Meta loves difficult commissioners with high expectations and a clear vision.
Meta does not act hastily.
Meta tries to redefine all parameters in one loop without minding the expensive or the trendy.
Meta then builds in one go.
We live in an open era. Everything can be or has been.
Cultures and styles have disappeared.
The modern and the classic are terms with a misty meaning.
Architecture has lost direction.
It is either dried out functionalism that makes form follow function, or arrogant formalism that makes function follow form.
Meta is beyond this architecture.
Meta Architecture thinks about architecture through the act of building.
She explains designing through the design.
The theoretical and the practical, design and critique, thinking and doing go together.
Meta Architecture is a metamodernism.
Being metamodern means: escaping modernity by being modern in different ways.
Meta Architecture does not sell solutions and does not answer questions.
She explains all questions in a meaningful whole.
Meta Architecture rejects no functions and designs no shape.
Form follows function that in itself acts like form.
The building is a story about building.
Antwerp, november 1991.