The (in)corporeal architecture: Dematerialization and intangibility of space in early modern architecture, Barcelona Pavilion case

Emine Görgül*

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Being attributed as one of the most significant examples of Modern Architecture, Barcelona Pavilion emerged as a prototype in terms of immateriality and the virtual dimension of space, as well as a distinguished case that juxtaposes the discourse and praxis of its epoch, which still remains as an inspiring example in today's debates. However, the pavilion was constructed in the glowing years of Modern Period, with its outstanding affiliation to International Style, this paper focuses on the pavilion as a milestone in which the intangible characteristics of the spatiality have influenced the constitution of architectural space. While declining the closed-box ideology of the conventional spatiality, this paper aims to discuss the emergence of an architectural embodiment through corporeal and incorporeal becomings (the transitive existence of architectural space as well as the interaction of subjects). This paper also interacts with spatio-temporal multiplicities, and appraises their transforming capacities in space, that enable the proliferation of the spatial relations by constituting the multiple actualization processes of endless potentials of the virtual. Besides the processes of deterritorailization and reterritorialization appear within the procedure of territorial shifts in the transition of architectural becoming and the immaterialization of the embodiment. Moreover, this paper also brings inside and outside relations into debate as well as notions of floating space and spatial continuity; visual continuity, reflection and surveillance, and furthermore the imperative affect of the image in spatial relations. In addition to all, this work is also keen at discussing these cited conceptions resonating with the concepts of contemporary theory, while speculating on the significant effect of the pavilion in contemporary architecture.

Translated title of the contributionBeden(siz) mimarlık: Erken Modern mimarlıkta mekanın cisimsizleşmesi ve Barselona Pavyonu örneǧi
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-34
Number of pages13
JournalA|Z ITU Journal of Faculty of Architecture
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Barcelona Pavilion
  • Deter/reterritorialization
  • Incorporeal
  • Multiplicity
  • Spatio-temporality


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