Crystal Armature

Site: Kalinigrad, Russia

Status: Conceptual Design

Program: Cultural

Client: Kalinigrad Oblast City Region Goverment

Crystal Armature pays homage to historic structures on site while reinventing their composition as an icon of memory. We embrace the idea of fluid histories that are part of a systemic order and understood in relation to generations of cultural influences shaping the spatial reading of the historic center of Kaliningrad. The reference to historic structures represents an understanding of unfolding typologies rather than a commodification of history: contemporary dialogues of a relativist historicism contrast with principals of erasure predominant in the post war era.