Frankl's Purposive Intention
Siteless Pavilion - 2010
In Principles of Architectural History, Paul Frankl proposes a critical system of four parts for the analysis of architectural objects. The fourth
category, 'Purposive Intention', addresses the role of spatial form in relation to the social functions it serves. According to Frankl, the 'spatial form'
inside of a building is always in dialogue, and sometimes in conflict, with the objects and furnishings which inhabit the space. If the walls or the
door of a room suggest one thing, the objects or furniture inhabiting the room could suggest something entirely different should they wish to do so.
Accepting the rivalry between object and architectural container as a default condition, this project proposes a pavilion typology which performs
as an active laboratory for artists, architects, and public. Employing a spectrum of visual and spatial densities, it redefines the roles of the
museum wall, floor, and ceiling by shifting their purpose from the passive and quiet role of the white-box museum, to that of an active participant
accentuating the interference between architecture, object, and audience.