INTER.ONE Tools for Architecture

Tools for Architecture is a research unit based at the Architectural Association in London formed by a team of architecture undergraduate students and lead by Space Popular directors Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg. Work at TFA aims to develop new experience driven design methods.


Ruinenlust means ”taking pleasure in ruins”, there have always been an admiration and love for ruins especially in the 16th and 18th centuries. Ruins has been a key subject from the beginning of the project, and revisiting the theme again to therorize how it still relates to it.

Ruin lust is the beauty in ruins of how they have defy time and nature to remain standing. Their very essense of being able to defy gravity is the complete opposite of what I am doing, creating weightlessness. When you look at particular ruins, you would question whether if it would fall or how much longer will it stay standing, or even asking how is it still standing up. These questions, are the same questions I am trying to get people to ask about my space. So in a sense, they share the quality of creating the same curiosity in a space. In physical terms, ruins are fragments and pieces of the left over architecture, here sharing the theme of how it looks visually. Ruins are also a representation of a fragment of history and time, they give you a glimpse, a hint of the story it was once part of. It triggers you to imagine the rest for yourself, whether is it what it was as a full structure, or imagine the time and place it was in, the events that happened, the people that inhabited it and all the things that happen or could have happened. Ruins trigger imagination and creativity, a quality the building system of the project aims to do as well.

Although ruins at first sight, it the utter opposite of my project, it’s core essense is also what inspired the design and purpose of the building system.

As a separate study and fasinated with the topic, I wrote an essay based on the beauty of ruins:


joseph gandy bank of england

Painting of the Bank of England by Michael Gandy