Light and Shadow

architect Bernard Tschumi
project New Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece
written by Alan Kostrenčić


Neither the pleasure of space nor the pleasure of form are by themselves the pleasure of architecture, wrote Bernard Tschumi in his essay ‘The Pleasure of Architecture’.[1] By a curious coincidence, it was during my visit to the New Acropolis Museum, designed by Tschumi, that I experienced his thought in all its clarity – however, not in his museum, but further on, while climbing the ‘Sacred Rock’ towards the Acropolis. The modernist Greek architect Dimitris Pikionis (1887–1968) shaped the ascending landscape that is experienced by the body as well as the eyes.


[1]              Bernard Tschumi: ‘Užitak Arhitekture’; text published in Bernard Tschumi: Arhitektura i Disjunkcija, AGM, Biblioteka Plan, Zagreb, 2004.