ARCHITECTURE Reversible Sites, Reversible Destiny (Architectural Experiments after Auschwitz-Hiroshima)

By means of architecture, or by means of what will be slightly but significantly different from what architecture has until now been, perception can be re-routed and new sites for the originating of a person can be found or formed.

– Arakawa and Madeline Gins, Architecture: Sites of Reversible Destiny

Architecture: Sites of Reversible Destiny begins with an essay by Australian philosopher Andrew Benjamin and showcases a selection of projects including Site of Reversible Destiny (Gifu, Japan), Reversible Destiny House I, The Bridge of Reversible Destiny (Epinal, France), and Double Horizon Public Housing (Berlin, Germany).

Art+Design Monograph, Academy Group, 1994


Table of Contents

Andrew Benjamin Landing Sites

Pictorial Preface

Arakawa and Madeline Gins Architecture: Sites of Reversible Destiny


Section One

Ubiquitous Site


Section Two

Constructing the Perceiving of an Ordinary Room/

Generating a Site of Reversible Destiny


Section Three

Constructing the Site/Terrain Studies


Section Four


Some Notes on Tentative Constructed Plans

Site of Reversible Destiny/Reversible Destiny House II (Gifu, Japan)

Reversible Destiny House I

Trench House

Bridge of Reversible Destiny (Epinal, France)

Antartica/Horizon Project

Double-Horizon Public Housing (Berlin/Tokyo)


  • English edition:
    Publisher: Academy Editions, London, 1994

  • Japanese edition:
    Publisher: Suiseisha, 1995