Architectural form lives a number of mysterious lives that are characterized by different yet simultaneous temporalities. It has been said that a “secret date” exists between the modern and the archaic, not so much because the modern is fascinated by the archaic but because “the key to understanding the modern is hidden somewhere beneath the timeless and the pre-historical.”
The mystery surrounding the intellectual sources in the architect’s work arguably lies in the multifaceted (aesthetic, sociological, political, spatial) relationships it establishes with a multitude of friends – be they artists, poets, or architects - who are responsible for his development and keep feeding his practice, even if long dead.
This mystery, contrary to what the 1920s Lutheran modernists and the current Dutch protestant practitioners believed and preached, is best left unexplained.
Keywords: Berlin, timber house, fragments, Aby Warburg, nachleben.