META is a movement for meta-architecture that tries to convey its vision on architecture through building.
META stands for renewed interest in the building process, interest for architecture itself.
META wants to make architecture that rises above the ordinary, from real practical issues without theoretical waste of time.
META loves difficult clients with high demands and a clear vision.
META doesn’t think aimlessly and time consuming, neither does it rush its actions.
META tries to rewrite all the data into one story without worrying about expensive and complicated trends.
META builds in one action.
We live in an open time. Everything can be done or has already been done.
There are barely any cultures left and completely no more styles.
Modern and classical are vague concepts.
Architecture has lost its way.
It is either dried up functionalism that thinks form follows function, or it is pompous formalism that thinks form determines function.
Above, over and behind this architecture stands meta-architecture.
The meta-architecture reflects on architecture, through doing architecture, through building.
It talks about designing in the design.
Theory and practice, design and criticism, thinking and doing coincide.
The meta-architecture is a meta-modernism.
Being meta-modern means: dropping the content of the term modern by being modern in a different way in each commission.
The meta-architecture doesn’t sell solutions, and answers no questions.
It justifies all questions in a meaningful whole.
The meta-architecture rejects not a single function and designs not a single form.
The form forms the function that functions as a form.
The building is a reflection about building.
Antwerp, November 1991.