By researching on the landscape of the South Funen Archipelago, Denmark, I developed an interest in tourism, in particular on the way it consumes and commodifies nature. Architecture has served as a medium to experiment on the relationship men-landscape, while questioning and re-elaborating concepts such as function, meaning and experience. This contributed to elaborate the idea of eternal holiday. This is produced not only by the total eradication of production, but also by the ambiguity derived from the merging of work and leisure. Holiday is leisure, and leisure exists in contrast to duties. When the distinction is dissolved, what is left is only an eternal empty holiday. This transformation leads to two possible scenarios: on the one hand the multiplication and fragmentation of experiences; on the other hand, the possibility of dealing with time without necessarily tying it to a function.
The first scenario would bring consumption to the extreme: more and more experiences would be driven by a schizophrenic search for stimuli and from the constant necessity of keeping the self busy with something. The second case instead offers the possibility of contemplating time as we were never able to do: in its total emptiness.Uselessness is a tool to trigger such a contemplation: as a metaphor, useless architectures can portray the general naked condition of time and experience. Two interventions, in this case, embody two different approaches to tackle uselessness: the first from the eradication of production, whereas the second from the lack of function. Both buildings can be read as ruins, in the sense of unfinished, undefined and undefinable. In this lies a very political message, as the ruin allows the user to become the architect, to finish the building, either physically or with imagination.