The Arhitecture of the Necessary

architect Jurij Kobe
interviewed by Tadej Glažar, Vera Grimmer, Maja Ivanič, Mateja Medvedič


Interviewed in Ljubljana, June 9th 2003


ORIS: An interesting fact in your biography is that you attended philosophy classes for a few semesters, along with those on architecture. To what extent is it all right to assume that these philosophy classes created a conceptual skeleton around which the flesh of your architecture later grew?


Kobe: I believe that this kind of digression is absolutely normal. In fact, philosophy should be included in certain curricula; it makes it easier to understand one’s place in the universe or the place of architecture as an act of creation. Today we know many architects who are familiar with philosophy even though it wasn’t part of their formal education. Not to mention Vitruvius’ teaching about the skills required by an architect or the conversation between Baudrillard and Nouvel, published recently. I am no exception to that. Ale{ Vodopivec also took philosophy classes. Still, I wouldn’t presume to say that my architecture has grown around this skeleton alone. I keep wondering what architecture really is, and this is why I’m still fascinated with this work.