The archive

2nd year MA project  |  The University of Edinburgh  |  2007

“Somebody must have made a false accusation against Square B. for it was built upon one morning without having done anything wrong.”

Archive building for Walter Benjamin on Square Barye, Isle St Louis, Paris. A foreign object placed on the edge of the site, maximising tension between site and object and drawing on surrealist inspiration from Kafka and Cocteau. A new ‘irrational embellishment’ of Paris is proposed where fragments from the main archive building are displaced along an unrealised Haussmann Boulevard to fulfill functions such as shelter, water, or seating.