The theme of movement in architecture

Ondrej Kurek


The paper attempts to analyse the presence of the term movement in the architectural theory and practice. Its aim is to confront the two clearly contradictory entities, movement and architecture.
Movement represented by dynamic actions and architecture, on the other hand, by stability. Despite of their contrastive character both components need each other which we will try to prove with the help of the knowledge gained from the historic and contemporary architectural theory. The paper is divided into two parts – architecture in movement and movement in architecture.

The first part named Architecture in Movement focuses on movement in the terms related to evolution of architecture as an art discipline. The reasons and motivation behind the idea of integrating movement into architecture in various periods will be implied and followed by the description of means and tools used by architects to achieve the integration. This part also contains a study on all the possible determinants enabling the architecture motion.

In the second part of the paper, Movement in Architecture, we summarise the results of the methods identified in the first part. Architecture working with the element of movement is constantly fighting with the paradox that in order to achieve its fundamental purpose of providing a shelter, the elimination of movement is required, i.e. of all the moving forces involved. Only then when the above conditions are fulfilled architecture inlays back the movement into the now statically stabilised environment.

The result we get in the end after the previously mentioned analysis is a kind of guide to the topic. All the particles related to movement in architecture sorted to tables will enable us an easier orientation in the subject. We will try to prove that the movement in architecture is not a new theme. It’s an organic part already present in architecture despite of the contradiction linked with it.

Keywords: architecture, movement, theme, movement types