Border conditions: The forest sanctuary
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The concept of the border/bordering is analogous to the concept of other/othering. The town of Most in Czechia is a place of transformation and liminality. Located at the northwestern edge of the lignite-mining region of Sudetenland, this place is significant due to the radical changes that the adjacent border has had on its culture and its landscape. The aim of this thesis was to extend the typical definition of nature by linking it with the cultural and political history of a place. This project proposes a contemplative architecture that encompasses an other nature, inherently linked to culture and to the impact of human activity on the landscape. The result is a monumental environment, The Forest Sanctuary, that is always changing, reacting, and evolving with time.