Structure of its Theme is a study of the facade of the iconic Neue Kreuzberger Zentrum (NKZ) building in Kottbusser Tor, in order to convert its antennas into musical notes from which their score lines constitute the structure of the building. The reason for the large number of antennas at the Neue Kreuzberger Zentrum is connected to the origin of the building. Designed by Wolfgang Jokisch and John Uhl, it was built between 1969 and 1974 within the first program of urban renewal in West Berlin.

It was negatively received and completely rejected by the local residents as it meant the demolition of much of the surrounding area’s buildings that had predated and survived the war. Moreover, the new building was designed to shelter a highway that would cross the neighborhood; hence its characteristic shape. NKZ was intended to accommodate the mass of immigrants that arrived as «guest workers» in the 60s and 70s due to the economic boom in West Germany, mainly Turkish people in the case of Berlin.

«I’m interested in the antennas as a connection tool to their culture of origin; like enormous ears or belly buttons which connect to a distant motherland. They become architectural elements, as the inhabitants of the building modify and personalize its appearance through an unintentional act of mere functionality. I am interested in the poetic act of encoding through music the physical facts, in this case obtaining a soundtrack which is defined by the tenants themselves, so fragile and connected to them, and exposed to be easily altered as soon as they have to change home.»

Structure of its Theme is a study of the facade of the iconic Neue Kreuzberger Zentrum (NKZ) building in Kottbusser Tor, in order to convert its antennas into musical notes from which their score lines constitute the structure of the building. The reason for the large number of antennas at the Neue Kreuzberger Zentrum is connected to the origin of the building. Designed by Wolfgang Jokisch and John Uhl, it was built between 1969 and 1974 within the first program of urban renewal in West Berlin.

It was negatively received and completely rejected by the local residents as it meant the demolition of much of the surrounding area’s buildings that had predated and survived the war. Moreover, the new building was designed to shelter a highway that would cross the neighborhood; hence its characteristic shape. NKZ was intended to accommodate the mass of immigrants that arrived as «guest workers» in the 60s and 70s due to the economic boom in West Germany, mainly Turkish people in the case of Berlin.

«I’m interested in the antennas as a connection tool to their culture of origin; like enormous ears or belly buttons which connect to a distant motherland. They become architectural elements, as the inhabitants of the building modify and personalize its appearance through an unintentional act of mere functionality. I am interested in the poetic act of encoding through music the physical facts, in this case obtaining a soundtrack which is defined by the tenants themselves, so fragile and connected to them, and exposed to be easily altered as soon as they have to change home.»