With my new work in progress Absent Core I reflect on the old Buddhist temple Daisen-in
founded in 1509 in Kyoto, Japan. Its Zen gardens and its structural and functional traditions. In
Daisen-in temple, visitors are lead on a journey starting through the less important spaces
within the temple complex, its entrance, corridors and verandas. These spaces appear to be a
part of the building to an outsider, but part of the external world to those in the temple where
the roofed corridors connect and surround the inner space, the core. The Absent Core is a continuation of my Japan related work, from
where I borrow forms from the old Japanese wooden architecture and their traditions. The structures former functions disappear here in the west where customs and culture are different. The Absent Core is a reference to the way of Zen Buddhism, the temples inner world, the core.