“Bless me, father, for I have sinned; this is my first confession” by Frank O’Connor.
During our lengthy architectural education, often we were taught that the fundamental role of an architect is to help shaping our city and to build shelter for the public. They are the guardians to safeguard the equilibrium between public space and private development to maintain social harmony.
In reality, most architectural graduates are working for established firms, and in our monotonous commercial driven society, the choice of project nature is often narrow. Therefore as an employee, they are being assigned with projects that are in contradiction to the ideology they have learned at school, such as “designing wall effect buildings”, “developing small and dense living units” or even “demolishing historical buildings with a lower grading”. These tasks require architects to act against their own conscience and violate their principle, in the long run, sins will be accumulated. In order to survive as a sinner, they need to hide their moral as described in Stratagem 27, ‘Play Dumb While Remaining Smart’, because opportunity will eventually come and rescue their soul.
One way to get rid of our sin is the ‘Sacrament of Penance’, also commonly known as ‘Confession’. By means of Confession, it is where individual men or women may confess sins committed after baptism and have them absolved by a priest within the Confession Box, the ‘Confessional’.
The ‘First Confession’ is a Confessional that is formed by layers of metal bunk beds as to mimic the extracted facade of a small and dense residential tower. The layout of our Confessional is a simplified version of a cathedral with a ‘Porch’, a ‘Nave’ and a ‘Chapel’ at the end. Architects are encouraged to confess their sins toward the sky alone within the uncovered Chapel.