The Handprint, the Shower of Gold, and Thingness of Architecture


  • Krunoslav Ivanišin University of Zagreb




reason, hand, light, shadow, myth, practice, dust


Architecture is an eminently artificial human enterprise but subject to natural laws and principles residing somewhere between the mineral world and vegetation. It is eminently archaic, as the dominant epistemologies, pragmatic conditions and techniques may change, but fundamental notions, ideas and principles remain where they have been ever since the construction of the first shelter. Architecture is also eminently thingly. As a thing, every work of architecture is in opposition to our broken world of events. For better or for worse, in actual practice this opposition settles in the act of construction, as a project becomes a building: material, structure, space.

How to Cite

Ivanišin, K. (2020). The Handprint, the Shower of Gold, and Thingness of Architecture. EAAE Annual Conference Proceedings, 118–135.



Author Biography

Krunoslav Ivanišin, University of Zagreb

Krunoslav Ivanišin holds a diploma from the University of Zagreb and a doctorate in architecture from the University of Ljubljana. He is a founding partner in IVANIŠIN. KABASHI. ARHITEKTI, and assistant professor at the Department of Architectural Design, Faculty of Architecture at the University of Zagreb. He won prizes in architectural competitions, constructed buildings of different scales, and exhibited internationally. He taught architecture at the ETH Zürich, BIArch Barcelona and TU Graz, and published books and magazines for relevant international publishers.


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