chapter  23
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Toward a theory of Interior

Without going so far as to claim another ‘death’ of architecture, we may begin to detect

a certain architectural nihilism present today, by looking at the way in which one of

architecture’s fundamental categories – interior – has become a kind diagram for all

others. Populating peri-urban spaces of global cities, there is a distinct kind of architecture

that constructs itself around what we could call a strategy of interior: architecture

reduced to a single act of enclosure. It produces vast spaces that, from within, appear at

every turn to conceal limits, to obscure frontiers, to draw a spectacle around its ability to

appear as a horizon. It is an architecture whose design agenda seems consciously

concerned with denying its status as a finite object. The inconvenience of its object-

status, captured only by roaming satellites and banking airplanes, turns out to be an

advantage for an architecture whose exteriors are otherwise impossible to capture as a

whole. From its exterior, it appears at once totalising and partial, ubiquitous and

fragmented. This is architecture that approaches a background condition. From within,

however, this architecture expresses something wholly different: it offers itself only in

the singular, a unitary space perceived solely through its impossible attempt of

sublimation into a state of pure interiority.