‘’…let the earth be silent after ye’’1
‘’Human existence, for Zapffe, is nothing but the chronic spasm of a reeling, defunct species whose surplus of consciousness has made it unfit for life. Zapffe compares our situation to that of the Cervus giganteus, a giant deer of the paleontological era that at one time was thought to have gone extinct due to its antlers becoming too large. The overdeveloped human intellect, which Zapffe calls ‘an abomination, an absurdity, an exaggeration of disastrous nature’, can in a similar way be seen as the result of a blind, and highly unfortunate, organic mutation — unfortunate because it makes life existentially unbearable and categorically unsustainable.’’2
Peter Wessel Zapffe was born in Norway, in a small city surrounded by northen sea and Nordic fiords. For him loneliness and coldness of the northern city has never been unfamiliar. According to his philosophy the religion is nothing, but one of the instruments by which we can get rid of human existence. In his view, The human craving for justification on matters such as life and death cannot be satisfied, hence humanity has a need that nature cannot satisfy. The tragedy, following this theory, is that humans spend all their time trying not to be human. The human being, therefore, is a paradox.
Nonetheless, the project aimed to create positive universality by making the chapel for all religions and believes, I took the other way of negative universality and made the place for no one. It’s still universal but in negative context. Hence, I think that zapffe’s philosophy itself is some kind of place for no one. The project also, in many respects, plays with paradoxes. For instance in zapffeian philosophy non being is an ultimate aim, so when you translate it into art, particularly in architecture in becomes almost opposite, because architecture itself, can be seen as some kind of fear of disappearance and total annihilation.