The Doomsday Archive of Recorded Knowledge

To kick off a mini series of articles to accompany our competition “Immortal Architecture”, here is a theoretical project by Michael Kloihofer which can be found amongst many other fantastic projects at the AA School of Architecture 2010 Project Review.

The building is presented at three key stages through time, showing it as society changes and the elements and age begin to strip back the building, eventually revealing a monolithic cleanly picked skeleton. A dead building at the end of time- yet alive on the inside,  a complex granite labyrinth with the annals of human history and knowledge carved on the huge walls.

Michael creates a building which comes to redefine the city, and allows itself to be intruded and re-inhabited by the people. It’s purpose is clear, planned and orchestrated, but it is a design which always has people at the centre- adapting to new needs and ultimately serving us if it all goes wrong.

The design of the knowledge archive as first constructed, showing its first layer of existence as the contemporary library of steel and glass. A crisp and hi-tech monument to business, affluence, and capitalism perhaps?

The Library 200 years in the future as the centre of the new favella city in the hilltops of flooded Rio de Janeiro. The Library shows its second layer, the concrete monolith. Economies have crumbled, business has folded in and by necessity or decay the building is stripped back and re-inhabited.

One thousand years into the future only the core remains, a compressive structure, which stores the archive of human discovery etched onto granite walls. The core stores the core information needed to restart civilisation in case of a global disaster.

Photograph of the space in between the concrete monolith and the core, in the process of choreographed degradation. The slabs are the first to fall exposing the inner structure.

The inside of the core, where the seeds of knowledge, the history of human discovery begin to emerge from the walls through erosion – to be discovered at a future time

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