"A LITTLE MUNDANE IS OUT OF THE QUESTION!"
Architect and City Planner Professor Andreas Krys from Münster on RWI4, its effect on the city and why its origin can be traced to New York.
Professor Krys, we are standing in front of one ofthe most famous office properties in all of Düsseldorf, designed by the renowned architecture firm HPP from Düsseldorf. What are your feelings?
Krys: I am very impressed. On one hand, RWI4 stands in the middle of a compartmentalized and evolved district and on the other it is visible from almost all over the city.
Indeed. It almost appears as a giant amongst dwarves. Do you think it doesn’t fit here?
Krys: Yes, it does. I like the way RWI4 deliberately fits within the district. Just take a look at how this big building on Lorettostraße aligns with the smaller scaled proportions of neighboring buildings by presenting itself in a rather open manner with its entrance area and glass façade.
A lot of people wonder why there are two towers. As an architect, what do you think?
Krys: I think the builder and architect had the explicit wish to create two identical houses – twins, that is. Within the double existence lies the strength of the design. It is also an allusion to patterns that are deeply rooted in our thinking: day and night, good and evil, animus and anima. This concept really unfolds its effects!
Would you label this kind of architecture as modern?
Yes, I would. And in the best of senses, too.You see, the term “modern“ dates back to a seventy year old tradition and refers to virtually all architectural themes, for instance "living". High-rise, as an architectural theme, marks the very birth of modernity.
What do you mean by that? Are you thinking of New York?
Krys: Exactly! The German architect Mies van der Rohe has inspired generations of architects with designs like Seagram Building. I was no exception to that.
What exactly is it that impressed you so much?
Krys: Mies van der Rohe erected a high-rise for his client which to this day remains unparalleled in terms of elegance and simplicity. RWI4 clearly falls into line with this principle. Its extravagant elegance is proof of it. A design is either elegant and mundane or it isn’t.
Thankyou, Professor Krys.