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The ABC of DMAA

Roman Delugan

For the 25th anniversary of DMAA, I would like to invite the readers of THE PLAN to take an architectural journey through our work. I will introduce our architectural approach and the specific alphabet of our office. Our team works around the globe creating places that offer special spatial experiences. The repertoire ranges from spectacular cultural institutions and innovative residential and office buildings to exhibitions, furniture and product design. During the last 25 years of existence, our achievements on a national as well as international level include buildings such as the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart/Germany (2008), the EYE Film Institute Netherlands in Amsterdam/The Netherlands (2011) and the Festival Hall in Erl/Austria (2012). In 2017, the Hyundai Motorstudio Goyang in Seoul/South Korea and the Miba-Forum in Laakirchen/Austria were completed. Furthermore, we recently won 1st prize in the competition for the Expo Cultural Park in Shanghai/China - a multifunctional complex of decorative sights, leisure & entertainment, science & technology, culture & art. Our architecture is much like language, in which meaning is constituted by the relationships among individual words. In contrast to other architectural philosophies, we do not reduce this principle of hermetic language to a game in and of itself, but rather root our work with as many multivalent relationships between architecture and its contextual environment as possible, permeating the context of the building and the physical presence of its users. Directed and rigorous processes of design are guided by considerations ranging from spatial perception to future users. Our architectural concepts and connections to the existing fabric are reminiscent of organisms entering into dialogue with the environment as integral parts of an overall system. Inside and out, these concepts break down the order of conventional rooms into flowing, functionally defined spatial sequences. Regardless of size or function, our work is consistently determined by these theoretical principles. In this regard, we are committed to developing the principle of intensification, along with ways to spatialize and make it physio-logically tangible. Unlike one type of representational contemporary architecture geared primarily to visual and interpretive meaning, the form we seek to generate has physiological effects on the senses and the body, with the result that it becomes a regulator of the rhythm of social and individual life. The unique ABC of DMAA is intended to give readers an insight into how we work and what architecture means for us. Happy reading!

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