Thierry urban

Born in 1960 in France.



These architectures have always seemed to me to be hieratic and timeless places open to fiction and the human sciences in which geography and history could be presented as utopias. Their archetypal forms allow us to reconstruct time and space according to our own desire and to superimpose on the photographic reality the equivalence of an interior landscape.


The last open-air excavations on the archaeological site of Babylon would have shown that the library of the mythical city would in no way be a model of rational classification of catalogs and written tablets of a vanished civilization. The architecture of the place actually draws an initiatory journey through the mazes of rooms and stairs. The library thus obeys a ritual (and not memorial) function: that of a spiritual journey where the reader is above all a believer who prays aloud and follows a procession.