A constant link with history emerges from this project by Ungers. For him, this is an authentic existential problem inherent to the sphere of individual creativity: he looks to the past not as an opportunity for erudition, but rather as a heritage to be repeated giving it a new meaning acquired through theoretical observation. From as long ago as the beginning of the sixties, Ungers has focussed on a revision of modern architecture and in particular of functionalism, considering architecture to be both a technical and artistic skill, but most of all considering projects to be procedures that produce space and shapes and that, when they come into being, increase awareness of their authors.
The assembly of elements typical of the history of architecture uses geometry as a metaphor of a universal order and brings back the theme of "transformation", which sees anything new as intentional discontinuity with regard to a context, forcefully raising the problem of the meaning, the image and the representation, even beyond any connection between form and planning. Ungers is one of the few architects to have taken an interest in the relationship between the author of a project and the work, perceiving a conflict that today has led him to absolute self-restriction, to architecture that forgoes any desire for representation.
Floriana De Rosa