|A Study on the Meaning of 'Nothing' in Dominique Perrault’s Architecture
|Nothing; Phenomenal Experience; Emergence and Disappearance; Minimalism; Site Contexts.
|Dominique Perrault is interested in ‘nothing’. The concept of ‘nothing’ is contrary to the formalism of the 1990s' Deconstructivism and
Postmodern architecture, and it is related to the tendency to pursue blank form under the influence of Minimalism at that time. Perrault
intentionally tried to obtain refined lines and surfaces, and these simple forms which relate to the site contexts produce phenomenal
experiences. Emergence and disappearance are perceived in dialectical relationships between architecture and site contexts. If Perrault's
architecture is detached from a site and becomes an independent object, it is no different from a typical building. That is, the "nothing" of
Perrault’s architecture works with site-specific elements. This is to bring site-specific features such as ground, day and night and seasonal
changes, and historical or social contexts into the domain of 'something'. Perrault's nothing is different from the desire to be filled with
accidental collisions with empty voids found in contemporary architecture, especially the concept of ‘nothingness’ by Rem Koolhaas. Rather,
it is a careful expression that can be said through consideration for forming a place.