LUC DELEU'S “BARCELONA (TUMBLING) APARTMENTS,” the project for Artforum on the following two pages, is based on a submission this Belgian architect and urban designer made to a competition for Barcelona organized by the Colegio de Arquitectos de Cataluña in 1988. In many regards, the submission is a summation of ideas that Deleu has been developing over the last twenty years. More specifically, it relates to his experience of the World Trade Center in New York, which he visited in 1980, and to his subsequent architectural model “Principle of a lesson in scale with two buildings of identical volume, model showing Queen Elizabeth I and II,” 1981. This model, extended in the unbuilt plan for Barcelona, opposes the themes of the vertical, waking state of being and the horizontal, resting state—or, in more architectural terms, it reflects on the basic tools of the plumb line and the level.


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