10(+) architects I have been thinking about

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1. MVRDV_Rotterdam.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v369/colinohara/wm_mvrdv01.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v369/colinohara/wm_mvrdv07.jpg http://www.nixkiss.com/zbod/data/nixkiss_go/wozoco2.jpg

2. Peter Zumthor.

http://www.mediaguide.hu/me/200204/passage3a200.jpg http://www.myswiss.jp/spa/img/spa04_vals.jpg

3. Lot-ek

http://www.lot-ek.com/Images/sw-02.jpg http://www.lot-ek.com/Images/jm-01.jpg

4. Herzog and De Meuron

http://www.arch.mcgill.ca/prof/mellin/arch671/winter2001/bboudr1/drm/precherzog2cut.jpg http://www.arch.mcgill.ca/prof/mellin/arch671/winter2001/bboudr1/drm/precherzogcut.jpg

5. Allied Works Architecture

http://www.biblio.polito.it/architettura_arte/SOSTARE/punti_belvedere/sito_punti-belvedere/images/Allied%20Works%20Architecture.jpg

http://www.architectureweek.com/2002/0102/images/11666_image_8.150.jpg

6. Bearth and Deplazes

http://katsuhisakida.com/body_architect/swiss/bd/bdimages/willimann01.jpg http://katsuhisakida.com/body_architect/swiss/bd/bdimages/willimann06.jpg

7. Christian Kerez

http://www.kerez.ch/site/images/kapelle/kapelle1.jpg ihttp://www.kerez.ch/site/images/kapelle/kapelle2.jpg

8. baumschlager-eberle

http://www.baumschlager-eberle.com/uplimages/port15_06.jpg http://www.baumschlager-eberle.com/uplimages/port15_04.jpg

9. Tezuka Tokyo

http://www.tezuka-arch.com/english/works/roof/img/roof007.jpg http://www.tezuka-arch.com/english/works/roof/img/roof005.jpg http://www.tezuka-arch.com/english/works/roof/img/roof011.jpg http://www.tezuka-arch.com/english/works/roof/img/roof012.jpg
ROOF HOUSE!

10. Michael Meredith - Puppet Theatre

http://www.framemag.com/images/F45F06eQ.jpg http://www.framemag.com/images/F45F06gQ.jpg http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2004/11.11/photos/15-huyghe8-450.jpg http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2004/11.11/photos/15-huyghe9-450.jpg

jed_ (jed), Tuesday, 8 November 2005 02:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i will have much (or some) to contribute, later.

bird-person-person (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 8 November 2005 02:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Santiago Calatrava

This was under construction in Redding CA when we left. It's the only thing I want to go back there to see.

Also, Turning Torso is amazing.

I do feel guilty for getting any perverse amusement out of it (Rock Hardy), Tuesday, 8 November 2005 03:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

awesome!! thank you guys!!

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 8 November 2005 04:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

what is even going on in those BAAS pictures? incredible

soul provider (Cozen), Tuesday, 8 November 2005 13:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

oh and great thread

soul provider (Cozen), Tuesday, 8 November 2005 13:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

the BAAS one is in leon, yeah. a mortuary, it seems. we didn't go inside

RJG (RJG), Tuesday, 8 November 2005 19:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I walked past that BAAS today, four times. It was pissing down but it still looked pretty.

Cathy (Cathy), Tuesday, 8 November 2005 19:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

For illuminated blobject, see also Millenium Park fountains in Chicago.

http://pages.prodigy.net/parrish98/SegwayWeb/MilleniumFountains.jpg

n/a (Nick A.), Tuesday, 8 November 2005 20:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

are architects dickheads?

america's next top ramen (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 8 November 2005 21:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i can't wait for dean to try to shoehorn some photo-realists onto this thread.

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 8 November 2005 21:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The one with the green lights is the Dan Flavin exhibit at the Tadao Ando-designed Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Tuesday, 8 November 2005 21:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Could somebody explain the specialness of Christian Kerez? I like all the other pieces jed posted, but I think I'm missing something about the Kerez...

Paul in Santa Cruz (Paul in Santa Cruz), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 03:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Okay, after Googling I understand it's the Chapel of St. Nepomuk, a fairly small building made of stone, very symmetrical and very minimalist. The site is beautiful, and the way the building sits so precariously at the very edge of that meadow is interesting. Still seems out of place compared to the other images; would love to know your thoughts about it jed.

Paul in Santa Cruz (Paul in Santa Cruz), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 04:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

http://www.pragueinternational.cz/img/unesco/ZelenaHora_Unesco.jpg

went to this UNESCO nepomuk, in the czech rep

RJG (RJG), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 15:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Paul, it's a good question! i've never seen the building but, while i was looking through a 500 or so page architecture book this week, the Kapel St.Nepomuk was the one thing that really made me stop and look. this could be just a result of stunning photographs and an incredible site but more than that it's just that it seems an absolute reduction of western vernacular architectural signifiers to the extent the buliding becomes a religious object regardless of its use (which is religious, of course): rectangular plan, a room, a door, one window (a slit window in this case), pitched roof, concrete, the fact that the material is raw and left to weather naturally (see this link for a close up http://www.0lll.com/lud/pages/architecture/archgallery/fontana_cazis/pages/chapel_01.htm). it just seems really pure but mysterious at the same time. it's also seems like it would be quite an easy effect to achieve but (like the painting of Mark Rothko, for example) i bet it's incredibly difficult. i think he pulls it off but there's a fine line with this sort of design.

http://www.rizzi.ch/foto15sw.jpg

jed_ (jed), Thursday, 10 November 2005 02:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Architects who have been ripping themselves off lately (Gehry, I'm leaving you out of this - everyone already knows it):

Santiago Calatrava: Why have no architecture critics been calling you out? You're getting lazy, and headed down a bad road. One good building x 100 does not = 100 good buildings.

Tenerife Opera House (already a bit too much of an echo of Sydney Opera House):
http://archrecord.construction.com/projects/portfolio/archives/images/0402TenerifeOpera.jpg

Atlanta Symphony Center (proposed):
http://www.atlantasymphonycenter.org/images/300symphonycenter1.jpg


Will Alsop: We like floating buildings with crazy columns, too. Just not all the time.

Peckham Library:
http://web.tiscali.it/archivioarchamica/afcPagSchede/report/03/=immagini/peck07.JPG

Sharp Centre:
http://static.flickr.com/2/1645748_781502e03a.jpg


Diller & Scofidio: Why are you putting all your effort into art installations and applying the same solution to vastly different sites? The floating glass box is one thing, but the stepped seating is getting out of hand.

Boston ICA (under construction):
http://photos1.blogger.com/img/92/1672/320/ICA%20em%20Boston%203.jpg

Allice Tully Hall:
http://www.curbed.com/2005_11_tully2.jpg

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Monday, 21 November 2005 15:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

New Herzog and De Meuron building in my town:

http://static.flickr.com/24/56930532_819905c7fd.jpg

barefoot in the weight room (nordicskilla), Wednesday, 23 November 2005 23:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

wow. what is it?

jed_ (jed), Wednesday, 23 November 2005 23:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It's the new De Young museum.

barefoot in the weight room (nordicskilla), Thursday, 24 November 2005 07:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I've always liked this one:

Zaha Hadid
http://www_link.cyhg.gov.tw/community/images/Dayeh/940306-2/2Archi-Hadid-010b.jpg

sleep (sleep), Thursday, 24 November 2005 08:07 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

pretty bad

RJG (RJG), Thursday, 24 November 2005 17:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
i've been reading up on the milwaukee art museum and found out that

-it was designed by eero saarinen (who did the st. louis arch and the very jetsonian TWA terminal 5 at JFK)

-in 2001 a new extension was built by santiago calatrava (the spanish architect known in new york for his work on the beautiful new WTC PATH station)

also curious about the frederick law olmsted- designed parks and the frank lloyd wright system-built homes. i might be visiting milwaukee soon and i'm excited -- there's so much to see!

having fun with stockholm cindy on stage (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 10 February 2006 20:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

reason for visit = was accepted into the MUP program at UWM's school of architecture and urban planning and my gut feeling is that i'd love it there

having fun with stockholm cindy on stage (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 10 February 2006 20:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

this one from gabb's list is really pretty and elegant... what/where is it? (the image properties say "bluffton.edu" but that might not mean anything.)

http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/yamasaki/courtyardporch.jpg

having fun with stockholm cindy on stage (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 10 February 2006 22:12 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It's a shame that the Milwaukee Art Museum has invested its public image so heavily in the Calatrava wing that it's hard to tell from their website or any of their materials that they also have a Saarinen building a couple hundred feet away. And I don't think the connection between the two is very successful, but I guess contextuality has never been Calatrava's strong suit.

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Friday, 10 February 2006 22:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

yeah, i was wondering how well the two buildings (the saarinen museum and the calatrava wing) were integrated. i hate it when a cool old building is shoved aside (or torn down) so some starchitect can do something more modern -- sort of like what they've been planning with i.m. pei's original javits center, which i love the cold, no-nonsense '80s sterility of!

having fun with stockholm cindy on stage (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 10 February 2006 22:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

not that '80s = "old building," but you know what i mean.

having fun with stockholm cindy on stage (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 10 February 2006 22:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

but i think milwaukee is really trying to turn its mainstream image around through its investment in art/architecture -- it wants to go from being "beer and laverne and shirley to a world-class city. but they could have done that without any new projects, just by big-upping the saarinen/frank lloyd wright connections they already had.

having fun with stockholm cindy on stage (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 10 February 2006 22:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

(x-post) Considering that today's NY profile of the Javits' new chairman had quotes like "...in an ideal world this expansion plan may not be perfect, but for our purposes, it is," I don't think it's too late to lose hope for a few more acres of no-nonsense sterility!

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Friday, 10 February 2006 22:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

the designs i saw were pretty, but they look like they could be anywhere -- they don't have a very "new york" feel. looks like a high-end suburban galleria, kinda.

having fun with stockholm cindy on stage (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 10 February 2006 22:53 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Loiusville is the new Milwaukee!

http://www.museumplaza.net/images.html

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Friday, 10 February 2006 22:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

FUGLY

having fun with stockholm cindy on stage (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 10 February 2006 22:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

If you're near Racine, make sure to visit the Johnson Wax Factory. I would like to touch this building before I die (ooh, I feel like Anthony Easton saying that):

http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/fnart/fa267/flw/jwaxext1.jpg
http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/fnart/fa267/flw/jwax2.jpg
http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/fnart/fa267/flw/jwax8.jpg

Lil' Eno (nordicskilla), Friday, 10 February 2006 23:12 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I am obsessed with Alvar Aalto at the moment. He's already been mentioned on this thread.

Lil' Eno (nordicskilla), Friday, 10 February 2006 23:14 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

If you're near Racine, make sure to visit the Johnson Wax Factory.

oh, that's on the list. i've heard racine is really cool.

having fun with stockholm cindy on stage (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 10 February 2006 23:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

In Bartlesville, Oklahoma you can stay in Wright's Price Tower - it's been partially converted into a hotel. Better to go before the planned Zaha Hadid addition goes up next door.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/c5/Price_tower.jpg/300px-Price_tower.jpg

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Friday, 10 February 2006 23:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

jbr, if you haven't seen these, I simply can't recommend them enough. I got them through Netflix (thanks to ILXor Cprek/Drake Beardo) but I'm saving to buy them all because they are quite incredible. I have actually been moved to tears a few times during the series!

A quick precis:

ARCHITECTURES 1
1995-2001
A privileged, unprecedented inside look at the work of superstar architects and some of their most brilliant creations, produced by the European public television channel ARTE. Architectures 1 covers milestones like Germany's famed Bauhaus and the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, and examines the work of architects Jean Nouvel, Otto Wagner, Walter Gropius, Alvaro Siza, and others. 1995-2001, 163 mins.


ARCHITECTURES 2
1995-2001
This breathtaking series looks at architecture and its historical and social functions to reveal its meaning and impact on humanity. Architectures 2 analyses Frank Lloyd Wright's Johnson Wax building, the innovations of the Galleria Umberto 1, the luxurious Stone Thermal Baths, and a high-speed train station in Satolas. 1995-2001, 136 mins.


ARCHITECTURES 3
1995-2001
A privileged, unprecedented inside look at the work of superstar architects and some of their most brilliant creations, produced by the European public television channel ARTE. Architectures 3 examines the Jewish Museum of Berlin, designed by Daniel Liebeskind; Louis Sullivan's Auditorium Theatre in Chicago; a Dominican convent designed by Le Corbusier; Charles Garnier's Parisian Opera; and buildings by Antonio Gaudi and Alvar Aalto. France, 1995-2001, 160 mins.


ARCHITECTURES 4
2004-2005
Fourth in the insightful series of films gives us a privileged, unprecedented inside look at the work of celebrated architects and some of their most brilliant creations. This volume covers such groundbreaking sites as The Royal Saltworks of Arc and Senans, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the "rational" architecture of Jean Prouve's House, the St. Foy Abbey, and The Sendai Mediatheque. France, 2004-2005, 160 mins.


For some odd reason, there was an episode on a Rem Koolhaas house that was aired in France but isn't included in the set. A minor disappointment.

Lil' Eno (nordicskilla), Friday, 10 February 2006 23:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i like that a lot... it blends in well with the landscape. (xpost)

having fun with stockholm cindy on stage (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 10 February 2006 23:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Some of the Architectures episodes-particularly on La Maison De Verre, The Royal Saltworks and The Stone Thermal Baths-are beautiful pieces of filmmaking in their own right. I'd love to make something like that.

Lil' Eno (nordicskilla), Friday, 10 February 2006 23:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i'm very interested in saltworks, stone thermal baths, and structures like those -- i wouldn't mind checking those episodes out.

having fun with stockholm cindy on stage (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 10 February 2006 23:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

the calatrava pavilion/extension just kinda comes out of a lower wall

the main space is cool and the wings, etc, but it is not a great building

bridge helps, though

RJG (RJG), Saturday, 11 February 2006 00:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

yeah whatever there's a statue of lincoln out front

RJG (RJG), Saturday, 11 February 2006 01:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

and here's calatrava's bit... looks like an airport!

http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/wisconsin/milwaukee/calatrava/frontangle.jpg

having fun with stockholm cindy on stage (Jody Beth Rosen), Saturday, 11 February 2006 01:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

not really but it is covered w/ bugs

RJG (RJG), Saturday, 11 February 2006 01:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

it's an entrance hall mostly

RJG (RJG), Saturday, 11 February 2006 01:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

this one from gabb's list is really pretty and elegant... what/where is it?

the Oberlin Conservatory

gabbneb (gabbneb), Saturday, 11 February 2006 01:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It seems like Calatrava's mission in life is to make great spaces for event rentals.

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Monday, 13 February 2006 15:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
And speaking of Calatrava making event rental spaces... the aftermath of Martinifest.

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Tuesday, 28 February 2006 22:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

here's a little Koolhaas
http://static.flickr.com/32/46552862_f4d7fade93.jpg

Porkpie (porkpie), Tuesday, 28 February 2006 23:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
And the verdict is in on the Javits Center expansion!

"We're concerned" - Mark Schienberg, president of the Greater New York Dealers Association
"No one is terribly enthusiastic about this plan" - Senator Charles Schumer
"The design will lower productivity and increase costs substantially" - John F. O'Connell Jr., exec. VP of Freeman
"fatally flawed" - Robert Boyle, former chairman of the Javits operating corporation
"They're doing what they can with the money they have, but it's going to result in something second-rate." - Anna Levin, member of an advisory panel for the Javits Center

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Wednesday, 5 April 2006 12:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
The Freitag shop in Zurich by spillmann.echsle - made entirely from freight containers

http://www.freitag.ch/___shops/zurich/pictures/shopbilder_ZH.jpg

jed_ (jed), Monday, 18 September 2006 22:41 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Savage!

Love the Roger Lee.

Kv_nol (Kv_nol), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 08:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

There are so many pretty buildings on this thread.

Are there fewer interesting or good-looking things being built today than 30 years ago?

Dan I. (Dan I.), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 09:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

in general

Dan I. (Dan I.), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 09:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

There are far more good looking and interesting things being built today than 30 years ago! That was a dark dark time for architecture. As much as I hate starchitect-driven signature sculpture (Gehry, Libeskind, Calatrava), the late 70's rise of Postmodernism and Deconstructivism were far worse. Also, new building materials and technology are much better today.

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 12:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Brian Miller OTM - although postmodernism in architecture didn't really kick in 'til the mid 80s, i think? very OTM on Gehry, Libeskind, Calatrava. Calatrava has finesse and it is very impressive, even if i don't like it too much. Gehry is the worst, completely superficial. sheds coated in curvy silver sheeting - his buildings completely lack movement inside. it's depressing.

jed_ (jed), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 12:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Both Postmodernism and Deconstructivism hadn't really kicked in building by 1976 (haha Decon still hasn't), but both were very active in theory by then. Moore's Piazza d'Italia was completed in 1978. It was sort of a similar situation as the 1990's, when there was a lot of theoretical blob architecture but it hadn't really been built yet.

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 12:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

LOL @ the Seattle Library being the #1 GIS result for "postmodern architecture" and the #2 result for "deconstructivism".

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 12:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Gehry is the worst, completely superficial. sheds coated in curvy silver sheeting

have you seen any of his many buildings that don't look like that?

gabbneb (gabbneb), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 13:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

yes i have, i think i've probably seen all of his buildings. i don't think he has much integrity in any of the styles he's worked through. whether it's the more recent curvey stuff or the post earthquake looking stuff he did about 10-15 years ago, it's always just random shapes held up by a ton of steel with basic spaces underneath all that gloss.

jed_ (jed), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 13:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i'm no architect and i only vaguely recall the stuff i saw/thought when i saw his gugg retro a few years ago (summer of '01?), but i thought the interior spaces and exterior skin were often separated in his work to allow them to be given over to/designed specifically for their particular interior or exterior purposes (and sometimes to allow for private exterior space?). sometimes the purpose of the skin might in fact be 'gloss,' but i'm not sure that's its only or primary purpose in many of his works.

gabbneb (gabbneb), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 13:42 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The Yamasaki stuff from Oberlin College is pretty much hated by all the students. I liked it, though the brutalist concrete Mudd Library was the best. The conservatory and King Building were meant to look like white picket fences around the central park of Oberlin. Thing about the photo gabb posted, to the left where the green is was a pond, however they built the electronic music studios below and the pond kept leeking in, so they emptied it out. That was pretty depressing.

here's Mudd Library

http://www.oberlin.edu/library/tour/images-new/mudd%20-%20front%20b.jpg

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 14:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

that looks like Boston City Hall wedged into the Air and Space Museum

gabbneb (gabbneb), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 14:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

or a giant harmonica

gabbneb (gabbneb), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 14:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i think the link missing from my list above was the New England Holocaust Memorial?

http://www.jewishtribune.ca/tribune/images/clip_image002_110.jpg

gabbneb (gabbneb), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 14:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

(the image properties say "bluffton.edu" but that might not mean anything.)

A teacher at Bluffton college has a web site that's a repository for art and architectural images, and it's really very good. It does span milleniums so it is not very complete on recent works.

Bluffton

nickn (nickn), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 15:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I am obviously a reactionary fule, but I really can't seem to understand why almost every building shown on this thread is not horrid and ugly. Do people really like this stuff? I always wonder how any "modern" (i.e. contemporary) architecture gets built, because I don't think I know a single person who likes the stuff. I always assumed it was some sort of architectural conspiracy, but maybe I am wrong?

askance johnson (sdownes), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 15:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

you are wrong.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 15:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

In Bartlesville, Oklahoma you can stay in Wright's Price Tower - it's been partially converted into a hotel. Better to go before the planned Zaha Hadid addition goes up next door.

-- Brian Miller

There's a decent bar up there, too, with pretty good views.

You've got plenty of time before the Hadid goes up. I don't think they'll ever get the money raised.

Stephen X (Stephen X), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 15:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

You've got plenty of time before the Hadid goes up. I don't think they'll ever get the money raised.

Fundraising (or lack thereof) is the greatest weapon we have against starchitecture.

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 16:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

We will starve them of the oxygen of luxury facial scrubs.

Stephen X (Stephen X), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 16:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Dan beat me to it, but I was going to say that the Yamasaki pic is the Oberlin Conservatory.

Also, Yamasaki has never really forgiven Oberlin for placing inner offices without windows into the structure-- he wanted conservatory profs to share large office spaces, but that doesn't really make much sense when disciplines are so different.

For the record, I love the Yamasaki stuff. The Con looks like a Space Palace to me. In fact, we had a kick-ass dance party last year that was themed 'Spacial Palatial,' with pictures of the Con all around my friends' apartment and people dressed in wacky outer-space royalty wear.

Also, the only reason to like Mudd is its echoic powers.

trees (treesessplode), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 17:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

PS-- whoever said that most people they know hate modern & contemporary architecture: get some friends who know what teh fuck they're talking about. The argument is stupid and you will never win.

Also, I have been totally obsessed with Tadao Ando for the past couple months. Anyone else like his work?


trees (treesessplode), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 17:02 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I like Ando, but I feel like he did Morimoto NY for the money even more than Morimoto did! His Fort Worth museum looks really stunning, when he works with water it keeps his concrete fetish from being too boring.

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 17:17 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Can anyone of you more informed-sounding people suggest a good general book on modern architecture? I'm forever ooing and ahing at nice new buildings whenever I'm in big cities but I tend not to know who made them or have any idea where the ideas come from.

struttin' with some barbecue (jimnaseum), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 18:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

If you're looking for a general overview/reference guide to contemporary architecture, Taschen's "ARCHITECTURE NOW! 4" (obv. should have been called "NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL ARCHITECTURE! VOLUME 4") is a great value and very wide ranging. Not much on the theory side of things but most contemporary buildings are much better in photos than in theory.

If you really want something to bow your coffee table legs there's the Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture.

Brian Miller (Brian Miller), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 18:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Thanks. Good suggestions. Bank balance will dictate that I go for the former.

struttin' with some barbecue (jimnaseum), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 18:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

For sheer history & information about movements and progression, Kenneth Frampton's Modern Architecture: A Critical History is a good start, and used quite often in university classes.

trees (treesessplode), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 17:17 (twelve years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
more please!

^@^ (map), Friday, 13 October 2006 00:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Wow! That's pretty impressive.

Where was that non-Euclidean architecture thread?

Negative Mental Attitude (kate), Monday, 23 October 2006 10:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

you or you and some others always type "non-Euclidean"

RJG (RJG), Monday, 23 October 2006 11:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

That is the mathematical term for geometry based on curved surfaces.

Negative Mental Attitude (kate), Monday, 23 October 2006 11:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

in the world

RJG (RJG), Monday, 23 October 2006 11:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

What a fun bulding! What is it exactly?

Kv_nol (Kv_nol), Monday, 23 October 2006 11:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

it's an auditorium at a university to the north of budapest

RJG (RJG), Monday, 23 October 2006 11:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i hate to say, i don't like it. i do like the drawing tho.

jed_ (jed), Monday, 23 October 2006 11:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Thanks RJG.

Kv_nol (Kv_nol), Monday, 23 October 2006 13:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

LOVE the Stephenaeum! I'll have to check out this Makovecz. I'm big into the idea of taking the current wave of eccentric blobby forms and trying to tie it down with some sort of rule-based classical system...in turn undermining both the rules AND the eccentricity. Much more readable and much more fun than Gehry.

Not yet mentioned in this thread is Erick Van Egeraat, who I don't like very much, but I'm writing a paper about him so I've certainly been thinking about him. Web isn't providing great images but hey...

http://www.pixelcreation.fr/diaporama/architecture_in/10.jpg
City Hall, Aalphen aan der Rijn

http://www.vividvormgeving.nl/foto%27s/egeraat04.jpg
Popstage - Concert venue in Breda

Doctor Casino (Doctor Casino), Monday, 23 October 2006 14:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
sorry, rent...and it's only 7 grand a month!

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Saturday, 3 February 2007 17:37 (twelve years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
Bjarke Ingels Group (with the unforgettable URL of Big.Dk). As inescapably post-Rem as MVRDV, with a similar bent towards massive urban projects with very clear macro-geometry (and just-as-clear aberrations within that geometry). And a lot of whimsy. And absolutely gorgeous models. You'll have to click the link, I can't seem to put my hands on any decent linkable jpgs.

Momoyo Kaijima of Atelier Bow-Wow spoke last week at my school and I gotta say I thought a lot of their stuff was pretty groovy - their research work focuses on tiny, crammed-in lots in Japan and their built work tends to be an answer to that context....

http://www.bow-wow.jp/profile_e/2006/HouseTower/HouseTower01.jpg
http://www.bow-wow.jp/profile_e/2006/HouseTower/HouseTower03.jpg
House Tower

(Missing from the website as far as I can tell are a number of completed projects she presented at the lecture, including the delightful "Furni-Cycle" - a set of bicycles with stuff welded to the back of them, such that if you get all the bikes together they can back up towards each other and create an outdoor cafe table-n-chairs arrangement....)

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 25 February 2007 06:48 (twelve years ago) Permalink

it got announced last week that seattle's getting a norman foster. v v excited.

jergincito, Sunday, 25 February 2007 14:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

There was a big DEDICATION for the new city hall downtown. I asked the guy with the comically oversized scissors if Frank Gehry designed it. He said he didn't know. Unfunny joke wasted!

Abbott, Sunday, 25 February 2007 18:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

it would probably be quicker to list the cities without a major foster building in progress.

jed_, Sunday, 25 February 2007 18:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
oh yeah, just round the corner, that is.

admrl, Monday, 7 May 2007 21:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I like it

RJG, Monday, 7 May 2007 21:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink

hey what's up morphosis... or should I say LEBBEUS WOODS GONE FEDERAL

I DIED, Monday, 7 May 2007 21:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

say what you like, i don't see the similarity at all.

i like Morphosis a whole lot. i'm not sure about that one (from the pics).

jed_, Monday, 7 May 2007 22:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Really not a fan of morphosis. All the sci-fi elements seem so arbitrary and their Cal-Trans building in LA just looks like some kind of evil fortress.

Spencer Chow, Monday, 7 May 2007 23:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

they aren't the most descriptive angles

crosspost

you like zaha hadid

RJG, Monday, 7 May 2007 23:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

re morphosis: why the hell would you want an external staircase on such a tall building?

lfam, Monday, 7 May 2007 23:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

re may be a fire escape system

RJG, Monday, 7 May 2007 23:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"new" Le Corbusier - the Chapel of Saint-Pierre at Firminy, recently completed after 40 years on the drawing board. apparently sound in the chapel has an 11 second echo/reverb if you stand in certain parts of it. the punctured holes in the concrete walls are in the pattern of the constellation of Orion.

http://www.ville-firminy.fr/data/fichiers/pages/Image/Patrimoine/eglise1.jpg

http://www.taisei.co.jp/galerie/gallery/images/07042301.jpg

http://www.taisei.co.jp/galerie/gallery/images/07042302.jpg

http://wexarts.org/db/ed/1922_ArchInterruptus02_383a.jpg

http://www.erba-valence.fr/wpdesign/wp-content/plafond_firminy.jpg

http://accel15.mettre-put-idata.over-blog.com/0/12/68/34/saint-etienne/corbu__le_corbusier_inauguration_firminy_1_-_13.jpg

http://www.vitruvius.com.br/arquitextos/arq000/imagens/381_04.jpg

jed_, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 21:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Love it!

admrl, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 21:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the two interior pics which include the altar are mind bendingly gorgeous.

jed_, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 21:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

It reminds me vaguely of the saucer church (Temppeliaukio) in Helsinki:

http://www.muuka.com/finnishpumpkin/churches/helsinki/chteh/church_chteh.html

admrl, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 21:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i like.

jed_, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 21:40 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I like the shell of the interior very much, but the pulpit and altar seem kind of precious, maybe too much of a composed presence in the space for their functions.

I DIED, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 21:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

uh, it's a chapel!

jed_, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 21:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

sorry about the "uh," i hate it when other people do that. but you know, it is a chapel after all - "composed presence"/preciousness is part of the objective.

jed_, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 21:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

It's a chapel, not a sculpture garden. Because there are so few elements in the space it seems like the expressed stair on the pulpit and the asymmetry of the altar (and the color of both) would be visually distracting during a mass. At Ronchamp he used the same concrete for those elements and a more pure design - to me the sculptural expressiveness of the walls call for very simplified forms for the focal pieces within.

I DIED, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 22:02 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i can imagine something simpler there but nothing better. Ronchamp on the whole is much more expressive and than this, i think it seems calmer from the exterior that Ronchamp and more focussed on achieving specific effects inside. it can't have been fully detailed when Le Corb left it & i'm not saying it's the equal of Ronchamp but nothing is. it's quite incredible though.

jed_, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 22:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

that = than

jed_, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 22:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Lovin' Le Corbusier!

Jed_ very OTM!

kv_nol, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 08:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

gabnebs and jeds are v. nice selections. nice thread


Salk research institute - Loius Kahn

http://data.greatbuildings.com/gbc/images/cid_3147944.jpg

http://data.greatbuildings.com/gbc/images/cid_3149379.jpg

http://data.greatbuildings.com/gbc/images/cid_3148302.jpg

SusanD, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 08:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Louis Kahn - Kimbell Art Museum (need better pics tho)

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http://data.greatbuildings.com/gbc/images/cid_1871012.jpg

http://data.greatbuildings.com/gbc/images/cid_2469461.jpg

http://data.greatbuildings.com/gbc/images/cid_1851204.jpg

SusanD, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 08:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

plus Bernard Shaw's rotating writing shack

SusanD, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 09:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

re morphosis: why the hell would you want an external staircase on such a tall building?

I saw Mayne speak about this building a couple months ago - he's a terrible speaker, but one thing I did take away was that the staircases in this building are not only exterior but mandatory - elevators only go to every other level, so you're going to do a lot of walking up and down. Presumably there's some alternate way of getting around or they'd never get it past ADA. Anyway, he says that right around this time the Surgeon General had issued some sort of papal bull to the effect that climbing stairs would prolong their life, and so in their pitch Morphosis argued that a career employee of this building would live ten days, six hours, and twenty-odd minutes longer.

The church in Firminy was finished by Jose Oubrerie, once an apprentice of Corb's. He made a fair number of design decisions himself, and took fair advantage of technology that was never available to Corb to get the perfectly curved, thin shell of super-plasticized concrete. He had worked on the church back in the 60s and 70s until construction ground to a halt, and when they resumed construction they actually had to saw two feet off the top to get a good connection between the new concrete and old.

Oubrerie is on the faculty at my school and is, bizarrely, teaching my Intro To Concrete class, so we get a lot of random fun facts about this building, which indeed looks lovely - I can't wait to visit. My favorite thing is how it manages to seem like such a massive, monolithic oddity from some angles and then, seen from a distance, feel like a jewel very happily nesting in the town.

Funnily enough, Prof. Oubrerie was absent last week and the fill-in professor gave a fairly interesting impromptu talk on....Louis Kahn, and his relationship with his structural engineer. She lingered at length on the Kimbell museum, which is one of those buildings I'd really really like to see except I can't imagine under what circumstances I'd ever be in Fort Worth.

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 11:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

frank gehry c/d

That one guy that quit, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 09:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I was watching a documentary on Eileen Gray last night and E-1027 was one of the main subjects. The camera really caught how the building was placed on the mountainside and the incredible views it had. I know it's kind of a one off but as a designer I think she turned architect really well!

http://www.lamujerconstruye.org/images/E1027.jpg
http://mediatheque.nancy.archi.fr/consultation/Bibliogr/Maquettes/photos/photos2003/bonnes/DSCN0474.JPG

Gehry? Neither for me, really. A little bit of a one trick pony sort of thing...

kv_nol, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 10:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

PS. I come at Gehry only knowing Bilbao and that he was going to put loads of his buildings in downtown LA.

I like curves but I dunno, a limit can sometimes be reached!

kv_nol, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 10:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i'm a complete novice & have an instinctual aversion, to bilbao. it thinks it's such hot shit.

That one guy that quit, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 10:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I was watching a documentary on Eileen Gray last night

Details please.

Wow - I always thought E-1027 was 'just' a table. And now I read it might have been the last thing le corbusier saw. Overall it's had a pretty crazy history.

http://ireland.archiseek.com/tesserae/000007.html

Where is it now?

Ned Trifle II, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 10:37 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Still there. France are about to restore it. His murals are still intact. The doc did go into the fact that people thought that LC had designed it. I like the idea of a sun pool rather than a pond. For practical reasons it wasn't to be filled with water for fear of mosquitos but it was designed for tanning and cocktails. My kind of pool really!

The documentary was for RTE (Irish National Broadcaster) so not sure whether anyone would have youtubed or torrented. I'll get you the proper name.

kv_nol, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 10:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Recently stumbled on the work of Axel Schultes. He's got some recurring gimmicks, but from the photos I'm intrigued....

Crematorium, Berlin, 92-99
http://www.schultes-architekten.de/bild/PUR_3.jpg

Federal Chancellery, Berlin, 95-01
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/148/395394977_369bcf901a.jpg
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/147/334949530_b285fccbdd.jpg

Beats the White House!

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 3 June 2007 06:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

http://muddyriver.typepad.com/hearth/images/7-20.jpg

New Boston Convention Center

And

Frank Gehry's MIT Building

http://www.onnyturf.com/storage/users/1/1/images/29/MIT_Gehry_outside2.jpg

That building really is an acid trip waiting to happen.

MaGoGo, Sunday, 3 June 2007 16:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

oh cmon, Frank Gehry is such a shite architect. he doesn't design anything himself. most overrated architect of our time, without a doubt.

the table is the table, Sunday, 3 June 2007 17:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

some people i have been thinking about:
Superstudio
http://chudessa.typepad.com/infiniteartifice/images/superstudio.jpg

the table is the table, Sunday, 3 June 2007 17:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Oberlin's Mudd Library
http://jsnfmn.net/images/photos/places/oberlin_mudd.jpg

the table is the table, Sunday, 3 June 2007 17:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Superstudio was so amazing... even better than Archigram in some ways.

I DIED, Sunday, 3 June 2007 17:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The Amanyara Spa in Turks & Caicos
http://www.seasonsinstyle.co.uk/hotelimages/hotel_58_1282.jpg

the table is the table, Sunday, 3 June 2007 17:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one architect i have been thinking about: toyo ito

last night i watched a short documentary about the Sendai Mediatheque. I lived in Sendai for two years and used the Mediatheque at least once a week, and i don't think i realized what i had until i watched the documentary about it.

http://images.businessweek.com/ss/07/01/0102_wow_libraries/image/09002.jpg

http://www.architecture.com/imageLibrary/jpeg330/10242.jpg

jergïns, Sunday, 3 June 2007 17:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

AWESOME THREAD...eye candy from top to bottom!

Tape Store, Sunday, 3 June 2007 17:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

that resort is the cleanest, most zen-like piece of architecture i've seen in a while-- almost looks like an Ando structure, but more lush...

also, Superstudio definitely beats Archigram for me, if only because they were more radical and their designs and concepts more clean.

the table is the table, Sunday, 3 June 2007 17:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

oh cmon, Frank Gehry is such a shite architect. he doesn't design anything himself

Explain.

MaGoGo, Sunday, 3 June 2007 18:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v369/colinohara/ArchitecturePeter-Zumthor--Brother-.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v369/colinohara/ArchitecturePeter-Zumthor--Broth-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v369/colinohara/ArchitecturePeter-Zumthor--Broth-2.jpg




Peter Zumthor - Brother Klaus Field Chapel at Mechernich

"Brother Klaus", the religious mystic also known as Nicholas of Flue: a 15th-century hermit who is also the patron saint of Switzerland.

The apparently simple form of Zumthor's building proves to be far richer than it first appears. The concrete has been poured by Herr Scheidtweiler, family and friends, over a wigwam-like timber frame. Once the concrete had set, this frame was set on fire, creating walls inside the chapel that are strangely blackened and haunted with the ghosts of the timbers that once supported them. The floor is a frozen pool of molten lead, while the roof is open to the sky and, by night, the field of stars above. Rain and sunlight tumble and fall through this oculus to create atmospheric patterns of shade and glistening weather.

Zumthor's chapel is numinously dark inside, but when you look up, the oculus itself resembles the flare of a star - a reference, presumably, to Brother Klaus's vision in the womb. Being here alone is close to feeling, if not understanding, the faith that sustained the Swiss hermit.

Johnathan Glancey

jed_, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 17:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Wonderful! I'd love to see it in person with the light streaming in.

kv_nol, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 08:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

This was a wonderful thread, cheers to everyone for making such awesome posts.

I'd like to add Todd Saunders to this post though: http://www.saunders.no

P. Hauntus, Thursday, 21 June 2007 17:12 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I spent five weeks in Europe this summer looking at architecture, and am now making my way through the photos. I had notions of just spamming this thread to pieces, but I'll try to keep it to things I thought were totally neat and not really over-exposed at this point. Links are to my Flickr pages, which feature all the pretentious archi-babble you couple possibly want.

Wandel, Hoefer, Hirsch and Lorch: New Synagogue, Dresden (1997-2001)

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1358/1019366889_27143a13a2.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1419/1020390286_f5f3e76279.jpg

Doctor Casino, Monday, 6 August 2007 07:50 (eleven years ago) Permalink

BTW, props to P. Hauntus for linking the Saunders stuff - never heard of him but I like several things shown on that site.

Doctor Casino, Monday, 6 August 2007 07:56 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Doctor Casino, your 'Adventure' flickr and the commentary have improved my post-bank holiday morning more than you could believe! Many thanks!

I am also v jealous of long holiday on sunny continent!

kv_nol, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 10:13 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i love this thread.

^@^, Tuesday, 7 August 2007 11:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Thanks, kv_nol! Now that I know ILX is not actually dead, here's another little dose..

The ever-controversial Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Hundertwasserhaus, Vienna.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1078/1074205574_c3237f9200.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1431/1074207102_a12d46a54d.jpg

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 12 August 2007 19:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

(1983-1986, if you care!)

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 12 August 2007 19:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

herzog & de meuron are very good.

elan, Sunday, 12 August 2007 20:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Giovanni Michelucci, Chiesa dell'Autostrada del Sole (Church of the Highway of the Sun, Florence, 1960-1964)

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1272/1196710226_658e8ea782.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1358/1196710318_cb4c6574ab.jpg

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 22 August 2007 05:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Doctor Casino, no interiors of Santa Croce in Florence? My favourite church there by a long shot.

Fantastic pictures of Siena. What's the story are you all architecture students on a jolly or is it just you that's on this 'pilgrimage' (wrong word I know...)?

kv_nol, Wednesday, 22 August 2007 11:50 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I did like Santa Croce, but looking through my negatives it looks like it got skipped. Dang.

Yeah, it was an architecture field trip, basically - organized by a very dedicated professor at my college who's been doing these trips for something like ten years now. The agenda (which is scheduled down to fifteen-minute increments some days) gets tweaked a bit every year to allow for brand-new buildings or things that are out of commission (eg, the Tugendhat House in Brno has been cut till its renovation is complete), and there are alternating schedules every other year. So, cross fingers, assuming the program stays viable financially and I can make it work with my own means, I'll be doing this again next summer for Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Even if that falls through, this year's trip by itself has more than tripled my interest in, knowledge of, and mental percolation of, architecture...such a fabulous time.

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 22 August 2007 15:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

You are an incredibly lucky person. I would love to do something like that! Keep taking the pictures. Fantastic welcome back to desk after long weekend!

kv_nol, Wednesday, 22 August 2007 16:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

'Person' obviously wasn't the word I was going to use but I thought that it might be a little too... aggressive to use the other :)

kv_nol, Wednesday, 22 August 2007 16:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

love the dresden synagogue, thanks dr. casino.

jed_, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 22:12 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i love the H&DeM Cottbus too - you take very nice photos!

jed_, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 22:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Nice photos very OTM!

I have been mainly thinking about circus tents and marquees. Sad but true...

kv_nol, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 22:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

the tears of a clown ;_;

jed_, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 22:28 (eleven years ago) Permalink

No, the being pissed at a festival for the past few days :)

kv_nol, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 22:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I'm trying to think. I don't think that there's a thread I've not brought that up on today. Well done me and my spamming!

kv_nol, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 22:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Thanks Jed and kv_nol (once again). Sadly the photo-posting barrage is over. I see I haven't touched this thread since much earlier in said barrage so I'll poke back through and see if there's anything else good, although a lot of the great stuff from late in the trip is already well-represented on this classic thread (Zumthor and HdM especially).

Funnily enough, the architect "I have been thinking about" the most is goofy old Hundertwasser...currently plowing through this huge volume of quotes and photos. I find his hippie babbling really endearing and actually refreshing in the context of architecture where it's a lot rarer than elsewhere in art/culture. In book form it wears a little thin, because he really did hit on the same themes, OVER and OVER for decades, and meanwhile the architecture so often really fails to live up to the philosophy, even if it's kind of sweet and charming in its own way. Some of my favorite bits, already quoted on Flickr:

"But should the three window types of the three houses belong to one house, it is seen as a violation fo the racial segregation of windows. Why? Each individual window has its own right to life. According to the prevailing code, however, if window races are mixed, window apartheid is infringed. [...] For the repetition of identical windows next to each other and above each other as in a grid system is a characteristic of concentration camps."

"If modern man is forced to walk on flat asphalt and concrete floors as they were planned thoughtlessly in designers' offices, estranged from man's age-old relationship and contact to earth, a crucial part of man withers and dies. [...] The uneven floor becomes a symphony, a melody for the feet and brings back natural vibrations to man."

"[The tenant] must also be allowed to cut up the walls and make all kinds of changes, even if this disturbs the architectural harmony of a so-called masterwork, and he must be able to fill his room with mud or children’s modelling clay."

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 6 September 2007 03:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Re: the Dresden Synagogue - I think it might be my favorite building of the trip in certain ways. One of the few places where the desire to infuse metaphor, the insistence on simple forms, and the infatuation with optical/material effects all worked together to yield something really powerful, and nice to be in. Very few things doing a whole lot of work.

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 6 September 2007 03:43 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Just read this so Lutyens:

Thiepval (I would love to visit. He also did the war memorial here)
http://www.sassoonery.demon.co.uk/Thiepval1.jpg

Rashtrapati Bhawan (pictures can't do this justice!)
http://rajyasabha.nic.in/presidentelection/president3.jpg

India Gate (War memorial down the road from Rashtrapati Bhawan - in the background here)
http://www.reisehuset.com/images/india-gate.jpg

Will definitely read more in the series.

Dr. Casino that sounds very interesting. Thinking of Dresden and the survival of it's Jewish population you could do a lot worse than read these.

kv_nol, Wednesday, 12 September 2007 14:33 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Oh woah, they're huge (also not v good quality). Sorry. Some images of War Memorial designed by

http://irelandposters.com/dublin/images/war_memorial_garden4.jpg
http://irelandposters.com/dublin/images/national_war_memorial_photo.jpg
http://irelandposters.com/dublin/images/memorial_bookcase_buildings.jpg

kv_nol, Wednesday, 12 September 2007 14:33 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Speak of Lutyens.

A pity the photos above are no longer there.

kv_nol, Wednesday, 3 October 2007 09:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Sorry, that should have been speaking...

kv_nol, Wednesday, 3 October 2007 09:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Lutyens is cool. This is just near my office...
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/51/120694779_43247c8095.jpg

Ned Trifle II, Wednesday, 3 October 2007 11:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Lovely shot. Great that the flag is painted stone!

kv_nol, Wednesday, 3 October 2007 11:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Dutch architects Merkx + Girod have won the Lensvelt de Architect Interior Prize 2007 for their Boekhandel Selexyz Dominicanen in Maastricht - a bookstore inside a former Dominican church.

http://www.dezeen.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/2007_000190.jpg
http://www.dezeen.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/2007_000234.jpg
http://www.dezeen.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/2007_000307.jpg

jed_, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 12:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i could def do without that cross shaped reading/coffee table but i really love this project.

jed_, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 12:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

That is beautiful.

So many great buildings on this thread! And so many I hadn't seen until this thread.

Ned Trifle II, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 17:17 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Foreign Office Architects

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2408/2075945998_9c1157d43a.jpg

in Leicester!

Ned Trifle II, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 17:25 (eleven years ago) Permalink

That bookstore/church is a really gorgeous project - would have been hard to go too wrong with that shell, though.

I DIED, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 18:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Nothing to add. Just that this is a great thread to stumble onto on a gray Tuesday morning. So much beautiful things.

contenderizer, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 19:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I DIED, it would have been so easy to go wrong but i know what yr driving at: that the shell enhances the effect of the intervention.

jed_, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 22:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

True. I guess I should have said any fairly passive approach was bound to generate pretty great results - I could certainly see a designer really screwing it up by trying to compete with the existing structure. It just seems like obvious award fodder to me - well DUH the bookstore in an old church is going to look better than the one in a mall, but that doesn't necessarily mean it was better designed.

That said, it's really beautiful and my quibbles have a lot more to do with the kind of projects that get awards than with the project itself.

I DIED, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 23:11 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Love the church/bookstore, but agree that its success seems to derive mostly from the relatively restrained, passive approach.

contenderizer, Tuesday, 26 February 2008 23:24 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i absolutely agree with you both.

jed_, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 00:50 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Dutch architects Merkx + Girod have won the Lensvelt de Architect Interior Prize 2007 for their Boekhandel Selexyz Dominicanen in Maastricht - a bookstore inside a former Dominican church.

Wow, I was there when it was still a church. It had a great reliquary iirc. Great find though. I do love this thread.

hyggeligt, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 11:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

surely the world's greatest architect.

I DIED,i don't know what a gluckman stair is?

jed_, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 20:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i could def do without that cross shaped reading/coffee table but i really love this project.

haha co-sign this, I said the exact same thing to lynne. really, really like this design. contrast to the usual density of bookshops: books are high information objects in themselves, shouldn't be packed like peoples in hong kong but need to breeeathe so that I may, hmm, breathe. v.nice

czn, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 20:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

(xpost) I can't find a good picture of it, but it's very similar to the somewhat famous stair Richard Gluckman did at the Helmut Lang Parfumerie in New York.

I don't know if Zumthor is the world's greatest architect, but at the very least he understands materials better than anyone else.

I DIED, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 20:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

we're all still getting over zumthor's bruder klaus kapelle, of course : )

but, yeah, the point I was making about the maastricht bookshop is that bookshops ordinarily (from waterstones and borders to independents) are very densely packed with products which are themselves very densely packed = double-density. the maastricht design looks like there is lots of space which is just doing absolutely nothing, except allowing you space to think and for books to do their own thing. would need to walk around it, obv, to confirm this, but I like it still... despite the cruci-table

czn, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 20:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The stairs reminded me of these ones, too.
http://www.johnpawson.com/library/f939e407bdcb120f8fbec23ec223c825.jpg
John Pawson('s house)

Ned Trifle II, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 21:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

haha I was just talking with some friends a few days ago about a Gluckman/Pawson compare & contract.

(also wow at stairwaytoheaven.jpg)

I DIED, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 22:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

also all those stairs are 1000 x better than the overpraised one at the New Museum

http://img37.picoodle.com/img/img37/4/2/27/f_2265531035bm_b82ca77.jpg

I DIED, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 22:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

well i think SANAA said one of the motivating concepts of the design for the New Museum was the poverty of US building practise compared to the finish you could get in, e.g. japan or germany (i'm not bragging, it would have looked as shoddy in the UK (i think they deliberately designed external cladding that was foolproof - if it was badly applied it would look even better?)).

i actually like that building a whole lot but i wouldn't like to see 150 new yorkers squeezing up and down there.

that staircase is def not designed to be some sort of "spiritual" element like the Pawson or zumthor ones though.

jed_, Thursday, 28 February 2008 02:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

try to make sense of that post!

jed_, Thursday, 28 February 2008 02:22 (eleven years ago) Permalink

we're all still getting over zumthor's bruder klaus kapelle, of course : )

i don't think i'll ever get over it!

jed_, Thursday, 28 February 2008 02:26 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I like the form of SAANA's New Museum very much but I give very little credibility to any of their arguments about how the building had a modest budget or craftsmanship comparisons - sure you can get much better finishes in Japan, but there are MUCH better crafted buildings in the US for a not-at-all-modest budget of $800/sf. I agree that a Lower East Side boundary-pushing art museum should be rough around the edges, but it's hard to make an argument for spending that much for the result. Tanaguchi's MoMA expansion was similarly expensive and poorly crafted, which makes me wonder whether it's a question of adequate construction administration budgets or whether they even care that much about finished products they'll never be around.

Design aside, I've seen reliably well crafted projects in the US by Williams and Tsien, Gluckman Mayner, Stern, Foster, Pawson, and Ando (and others I'm sure I'm forgetting), so I'm sure it can be done.

Also the New Museum SERIOUSLY needs to rethink the lighting.

I DIED, Thursday, 28 February 2008 15:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink

the inside-out insanity of Herzog & de Meuron's Miami mixed-use parking garage has me enthralled:

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g309/xzayvier07/fa.jpg

I DIED, Thursday, 28 February 2008 15:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i didn't realise the new museum cos that much.

does anyone have any Berlin architechture recs for me, besides the Scharoun buildings? i'm going next week. i would go to Cottbus to see the H&DeMeuron university building but i'll probably be too busy dancing at Berghain to find the time to do that

jed_, Thursday, 28 February 2008 15:27 (eleven years ago) Permalink

There's a lot of good new building in Berlin but very little great. The Berghain is more impressive than most of it. I like the Hamburgerbahnhof - it's an old train station converted to a modern art museum. The nearby Hauptbahnhof is the big new train station that's not too exciting architecturally but is mindblowing from a circulation standpoint.

All the old Schinkel and Stuler museums are great, of course.

You should check out Watergate - it's a pretty much perfectly designed smaller club with an insane lighting system (lots of videos of it on youtube).

I DIED, Thursday, 28 February 2008 15:43 (eleven years ago) Permalink

(nobody realizes the New Museum costs that much, mostly because the press release talked about the 'modest budget' and all the reviewers took it at face value)

I DIED, Thursday, 28 February 2008 15:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The Holocaust museum is worth a look both from a content as well as an architectural p.o.v.

hyggeligt, Thursday, 28 February 2008 15:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/03/02/nyregion/02rlandmark-600.jpg

this article is a treat: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/02/nyregion/nyregionspecial2/02Rlandmark.html

anyone who can dig up great photography/references on the buildings/campuses mentioned in this article -- i will have my virgins shower you with lotus blossoms.

here's the union carbide hq:

http://www.krjda.com/text/projectDetail.cfm?id=149
http://www.krjda.com/images/UnionCarbide_2.jpg
http://www.krjda.com/images/UnionCarbide_1.jpg

caek, Saturday, 1 March 2008 20:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

congratulations Jean Nouvel on winning the Pritzker

jergïns, Sunday, 30 March 2008 19:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Continuing the "THAT stair" discussion:

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1018/880235175_49425ad348.jpg

...Zumthor's own Kunsthaus in Bregenz. (photo by my buddy Evan)

Sorry I missed the "recommend stuff in Berlin" discussion... but for future readers: the Scharoun (Philharmonic & library, both very accessibly located near Potsdamerplatz) and the Libeskind (Holocaust museum) are mustn't-misses. There's tons of miscellaneous nice stuff, and a nice "50's greatest hits" at the Hansaviertel Interbau housing development. Depending on your taste for Cold War monumentalism and Facsist neoclassicism there's also a lot of that around.

Behnisch & co's Akademie der Kunste (across the plaza from the Brandenburg Gate, so very easy to see):

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1081/932388327_d2c58719f8.jpg

There's a Frank Gehry bank building next door that's completely po-faced on the exterior (accommodating at-the-time very strict, New Urbanisty rules on reconstruction) but has a typical swirly metal horse head feature inside.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1065/933054248_475c5d6e46.jpg

(The space inside the horse head, from published images, is pretty fabulous - sadly it's not open to the public.)

And if memory serves, the Eisenman Holocaust memorial square is just around the corner.

But the thing I liked best in Berlin by far was OMA/Koolhaas's new Dutch Embassy in Mitte. I'm not entirely sure how easy it is to visit this thing outside of a large touring group, but it's extremely worth it... whimiscally cinematic. My photos don't do it justice so I won't bother. (Photos generally from my travel Flickr, as always.)

Architectural afternoon trips from the city - we went to Cottbus for the HdM library and I would STRONGLY recommend that one. Potsdam is relatively close, and good if you're into Schinkel; we also went to the Einstein Tower which is cool to do, but not that different from seeing it in a book. Dessau is about as far away as Cottbus - the Bauhaus is really cool, and there's a lot of miscellaneous Gropius & Co that we got access to through the Bauhaus tour people.

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 30 March 2008 22:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

...and the Libeskind museum. OK I'll stop after this.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1215/919336778_33da7c2cd2.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1332/919336102_9d5aeb0c80.jpg

There's a Libeskind exhibit in Cincinnati right now at Zaha Hadid's contemporary art museum. There's an obvious sympathy between the building and the architecture being exhibited which is kind of fun; the exhibit itself is striking for how much it kind of reveals Libeskind to be stuck in a rut. There's nice things about all four of the current projects being displayed - but even the best ones are plagued with the application of jaggedy-lined stuff as a last-minute dose of motif. It works at the Jewish Museum as a really perfect synthesis of the architect's preoccupations and the program at hand. It really works. The new stuff, I'm more suspicious, but I'm trying to give architects more credit these days so let's say it's great and I just haven't learned to appreciate it yet.

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 30 March 2008 22:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

thoughts on berlin soon, Doc.

in the meantime.... is this the best architecture of 2008? Airstar balloons designed these hovering iluminated balloons for the YSL fashion show in Paris. mindblowing.

http://lifewithoutbuildings.net/080328_YSLshow.jpg

http://lifewithoutbuildings.net/080328_YSLshow2.jpg

jed_, Thursday, 10 April 2008 00:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

YES

I DIED, Thursday, 10 April 2008 04:52 (eleven years ago) Permalink

115. Maggie Mink

Mr. Goodman, Sunday, 13 April 2008 19:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Okay. Wow. That is pretty savage.

hyggeligt, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 14:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I did not mean to sound so sarcastic there. I really liked the building!

hyggeligt, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 14:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Great project. I'm glad they're developing their "crown" addition strategy - I didn't think too much of the Elbe Philharmonic renderings but this is gorgeous. The way they floated the old facade - wow. Not big on the ceiling in the 2nd to last pic, though.

The balcony geometry in the last pic reminds me of Temppeliaukio Church in Helsinki.

H&dM are my favorite starchitects.

I DIED, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 14:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Oh wow, that Madrid thing is great. Found some video here http://www.mefeedia.com/entry/caixaforum-madrid-by-herzog-de-meuron-architects-madrid-spain/7036279/ .

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 1 June 2008 01:51 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i got a bit carried away with this. there are a lot of buildings in recent years i prefer to this one but yes, it's great!

jed_, Sunday, 1 June 2008 02:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i'm off to Berlin again on wednesday. i may even see the Libeskind this time even though i loathe his work in the way the only someone who once loved his work (as a student) can. i did a 180!

i saw the crystal at the ROM in Toronto. one of the worst, maybe thee worst, building i have ever entered.

jed_, Sunday, 1 June 2008 02:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Incidentally, don't know if this has really circulated outside the architect school/blogger set, but, check out this video of a Romansch rap group called Liricas Analas, filmed entirely at the Zumthor baths in Vals. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRvM2KKDeGA Really captures the spirit of the place!!

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 3 June 2008 04:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3266/2570890064_dc0c061bcf.jpg

afgh, "concrete home"

czn, Monday, 16 June 2008 12:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

very nice, would like to see more before i commit to buy.

Dr Casino, the Scharoun Philharmonic building went on fire in May. it seems the main hall has escaped the worst of the damage but the building is expected to be closed for an extremely long time. :-(

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,3352629,00.html

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/05/20/world/20berlin-600.jpg
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/44674000/jpg/_44674563_firefighters_ap466.jpg

jed_, Monday, 16 June 2008 17:33 (eleven years ago) Permalink

http://www.afgh.ch./bilder/vna/04.jpg

I love the herz de meu caixa forum btw

czn, Monday, 16 June 2008 17:50 (eleven years ago) Permalink

[edit: not in berlin, which I had read elsewhere, but in vnà, switzerland]

czn, Monday, 16 June 2008 17:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i'll take it! where did you find it?

jed_, Monday, 16 June 2008 18:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

the interior is incredible.

jed_, Monday, 16 June 2008 18:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

http://design-milk.com/concrete-home-switzerland-by-afgh/#comments

czn, Monday, 16 June 2008 19:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I love the envelope, not feeling the interior, so cold. Except for maybe the dining area but that's because of the windows, not the furniture.

I DIED, Monday, 16 June 2008 19:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The interior feels a bit too Spartan and, lord help me, Swiss!

hyggeligt, Tuesday, 17 June 2008 08:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

I don't know where to put this lego model of Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye but it seems too good not to draw attention to!

http://mocpages.com/user_images/10605/1213809820_DISPLAY.jpg

More here.

hyggeligt, Thursday, 19 June 2008 08:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

fantastic.

jed_, Thursday, 19 June 2008 10:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

Klein Bottle House by http://www.mcbridecharlesryan.com.au/core.html

jed_, Thursday, 19 June 2008 17:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

Australian architecture is so hot right now.

jed_, Thursday, 19 June 2008 17:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

I was reading about that house a while ago and had the woah hawt reaction. One thing that has become clearer to me now that I've had to do it: how the hell are you meant to paint these things!? So beautiful though.

hyggeligt, Friday, 20 June 2008 08:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

everybody thought 2000s was going to be the blob but it was the facet

I DIED, Friday, 20 June 2008 18:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

that's a nice way of putting it. i think blobitechture is the only area of modern design that's a total no-no for me so i'm quite thankful for that.

jed_, Friday, 20 June 2008 21:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

Love this thread! Of all the architects I've got the most love for Zumthor. His buildings could have been built yesterday or 1000 years ago. They look timeless.

leavethecapital, Saturday, 21 June 2008 03:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

the middle image in the last post is a model of the volume inside the old building.

jed_, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

i've never seen a gabion wall used like this. a gabion roof too!

jed_, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 15:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

It's that time again, folks! As before, links are to my flickrblog babbling in pointless sophomoric detail about these things.

Miralles & Tagliabue - Cemetery in Igualada (1984-1994)
(speaking of gabion walls!)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3066/2707442635_242b2572a0.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3232/2707441075_22e073c801.jpg

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 16:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

i've never seen a gabion wall used like this. a gabion roof too!

jed, what about H&dM's Dominus Winery from 1997?

http://digilander.libero.it/mary.rag/winery.jpg

I DIED, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 18:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

http://digilander.libero.it/mary.rag/winery.jpg

I DIED, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 18:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

Ah! I need to look at this thread when I am at work, and then I can look up these architects in my big database of architects! hurrah!

Masonic Boom, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 18:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

I went to the Dominique Perrault exhibition in the Centre Pompidou. It was interesting, I wasn't too sold on a lot of his stuff but there was some greatness especially his Bibliothèque Nationale de France but there were a fair few duds. When I finally upload holiday pics on to flickr I'll link to some of the models and things that I managed to get pictures of.

hyggeligt, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 18:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

Also Dr Casino's flickrblog was great when he was in Europe. Highly recommend. Must look at updates now.

hyggeligt, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 18:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

Thanks, Hyggeligt! Nice to hear about the Perrault exhibit - it was going on while we were in Paris, but the incredible group/student rate we swung for the building didn't apply to special exhibitions. As far as Perrault goes, for me, the Bibliotheque Nationale has a certain appeal but it's hard to get over the Hilberseimer quality of it. Last year we visited his would-be Olympic buildings in East Berlin and they were quite bleak.

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 18:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

This thread is like going through a pile of AR back issues. Which I've been doing, lot of crossover (such as the winery I DIED just posted). Anyway, interior shots of Berlin concrete/plywood house = jaw-dropping.

contenderizer, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 18:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

Don't worry about it, loved it. (xpost)

His olympic buildings did give off that impression. I think I got a good one of his pool & velodrome. Must check.

I am wondering: does anyone know of a good biography (i.e. for the layman) of Frederick Kiesler? I'm reading a biography of Peggy Guggenheim at the moment and would love to know more about Kiesler (the pictures I find of the gallery he made for her are fascinating. Ditto his furniture).

hyggeligt, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 18:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

Also could I just state here that I am not a fan of the Centre Pompidou. I think it is ugly and dated. I am aware that I am coming off as ignorant and thick. So be it.

Dr Casino, how long have you been travelling in Europe? It seems over a year at this point!

hyggeligt, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 18:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

Hahah, I wish! Two distinct five-week trips, run by the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State, in which I'm enrolled as a grad student. (I was a TA/chaperone on the more recent trip, which was added exhaustion but ultimately worth it.) Last year's trip was Germany, Prague, Vienna, northern Italy, Switzerland... this year ran from Barcelona through France to Belgium, the Netherlands, and a dash of West Germany. Scanning film takes forever so my blogging is maybe a week and a half into this year's trip...oof!

If I TA again next year it would be largely the same as last year's trip, although we're looking at a few changes to keep it interesting... mainly, adding a northern loop to Copenhagen and its environs. (This is, funnily enough, inspired by flickr - mainly the excellent photography and commentary by architectural Dane seier_seier_seier.) Any recommendations in Denmark or between there and Berlin? s_s_s has shared a ton of hot tips but we're all ears.

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 19:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

re: the Perrault velodrome & natatorium - the model was on display at the actual building when we were there and it was much easier to look at than the weedy, gray reality. My friend Evan has some photos of it starting here which tell the story pretty well. Granted, the weather was definitely not on Perrault's side that day!

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 19:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

I enjoyed Perrault's velodrome and its setting, but I think it had something to do with the context - Daft Punk show was really perfect in the space.

I DIED, Thursday, 14 August 2008 15:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

I was at that show! In June 2007? Was that really the same velodrome? It seemed a bit older/run down.

hyggeligt, Thursday, 14 August 2008 15:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

My goodness, it is the same place! I recognise that walkway thing. Madness. Great show though!

hyggeligt, Thursday, 14 August 2008 15:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

http://www.dezeen.com/2008/08/12/point-of-view-by-office-for-subversive-architecture/#more-16395

nice small-scale intervention - I'm happy to be seeing more small but smart efforts pop up and get attention rather than the the usual AR megabudget megaprojects.

I DIED, Thursday, 14 August 2008 16:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

what u guys think of this? my best friend designed it for El Dorado Architects. it's a unitarian sanctuary in kansas city.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v134/tracerhand/chapel2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v134/tracerhand/chapel_1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v134/tracerhand/chapel3.jpg

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 14 August 2008 16:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

Looks good - have they done a professional photoshoot for it yet? Best money an architect can spend.

I DIED, Thursday, 14 August 2008 16:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

That was just my bud takin some photos on the site. Their other stuff is up here:

http://www.eldoradoarchitects.com/

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 14 August 2008 16:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

i really like it. he should be very proud of it.

jed, what about H&dM's Dominus Winery from 1997?

i thought of it straight away but i was thinking of the domestic scale of the project plus the fact i've never seen it used as a pitch. i love the continuous walls-pitch gabion.

meanwhile i really love this: h2o architects designed this separate dwelling for a teenager in an outbuilding in the garden of a paris house. (presumably the kid in the pictures is not the lucky "teenager" in question!

http://www.dezeen.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/inhabitable-furniture-by-h2o-architects-02-h2o_chatou_photo.jpg
http://www.dezeen.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/inhabitable-furniture-by-h2o-architects-06-h2o_chatou_photo.jpg
http://www.dezeen.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/inhabitable-furniture-by-h2o-architects-17-h2o_chatou_axo.jpg

jed_, Thursday, 14 August 2008 18:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

yes I love that h2o project!

Looks like it's got some head clearance issues at the stairwells and I think the plywood finish everywhere is going to wear in some really unattractive ways, but it's really great to see interiors projects that are designed three dimensionally rather than as a sequence of plans.

I DIED, Thursday, 14 August 2008 19:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

I DIED otm - I'm not wild about the choice of finishes, but that one 3D model/rendering of it really makes the sale. I admit to some curiousity about the "cave" in the section though...!

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 14 August 2008 20:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

ha, i think cave is French for basement but i could be wrong.

jed_, Thursday, 14 August 2008 20:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

but it's really great to see interiors projects that are designed three dimensionally rather than as a sequence of plans.

agreed, totally.

jed_, Thursday, 14 August 2008 20:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

of course in the US, ADA does a great job of ensuring that projects stay really damn flat.

I DIED, Thursday, 14 August 2008 20:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

I DIED, i always wanted to ask you - were you called something else on old ILX?

jed_, Thursday, 14 August 2008 20:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

I was Brian Miller - going back through this thread makes me realize I have been saying negative things about architecture for a long time!

I DIED, Thursday, 14 August 2008 21:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

ah right. i remember you but not for saying negative things.

jed_, Thursday, 14 August 2008 21:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

i really like it. he should be very proud of it.

OTM. Well done Tracer Hand's friend.

I love the H20 thing but would be worried about sink set in wood, leaks and damage spreading through the material. I know, way to rob it of the romance. Wonderful seeing entire space used though.

'Cave' also means wine cellar meaning that this teen would seriously be the luckiest S.O.B. in history!

hyggeligt, Friday, 15 August 2008 09:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Well done Peter Zumthor!

hyggeligt, Wednesday, 17 September 2008 14:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

great!

although if you didn't know Zumthor's work then the photos accompanying that article would probably make you extremely confused about the award.

jed_, Wednesday, 17 September 2008 14:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

I do not know much Zumthor. Perhaps you might have a few good examples for the thread?

hyggeligt, Wednesday, 17 September 2008 14:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

Can I point out that I think Zumthor is a deadly name and I for one would like him to rule over earth like a pointy bearded alien dictator.

hyggeligt, Wednesday, 17 September 2008 14:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

More Herzog and de Meuron (with an Anish Kapoor blob sculpture to boot) @ 54 Leonard St NYC

http://www.dezeen.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/03-woolworth-view-sq.jpg
http://www.dezeen.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/06-lobby-view-008-sq.jpg

smothered under a rug (friendly ghost), Wednesday, 17 September 2008 16:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

hyggeligt, it's always hard to dig out zumthor photos, you can never seem to find ones that really communicate the building well.

having said that upthread here:

10(+) architects I have been thinking about

and here:

10(+) architects I have been thinking about

are good photos

jed_, Wednesday, 17 September 2008 17:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

hyggeligt,i love the name Zumthor too.

TZUM-THORRRRR!!!!

i'll say no to the H&DeM just posted but i'd pretty much say no to all skyscrapers.

jed_, Wednesday, 17 September 2008 17:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

perhaps we should start a new thread?

jed_, Wednesday, 17 September 2008 17:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

i mightstart a temporary thread for the temporary structures at the venice biennale.

jed_, Wednesday, 17 September 2008 17:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

Keep it all here for maximum building pr0n effect!

I love those TZUM-THORRRRRs. What is it about the Swiss and light?

Has anyone been reading about that Star structure? A bit silly* I think.

I also do not like that skyscraper, I am worried that bits will fall off or it will fall over. I am also a bit underwhelmed by Kapoor in general. I say this because I am bitter that I didn't get to see him in the Turbine Hall.

*Prob not an adult word :p

hyggeligt, Thursday, 18 September 2008 08:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Has anyone seen Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman yet?

Trailer here: http://aff.bside.com/2008/films/visualacousticsthemodernismofjuliusshulman_aff2008

caek, Saturday, 4 October 2008 19:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

Some more photos of the Dupli Casa posted by Jed upthread.
http://www.thecoolhunter.net/architecture/Dupli-Casa-Remembers-its-Past/

And floor plans here
http://archinect.com/features/article.php?id=80137_0_23_0_C

Some people at archinect seem to doubt its existence!

Any cook should be able to run the country. (Ned Trifle II), Saturday, 11 October 2008 09:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

I also doubt its existence! They are really beautiful images but none of them have a smoking "not a rendering" gun. There's a thumbnail I found on Google image search that seems to be the building under construction but it is teeeeeeeny. Perfectly willing to believe it's a work in progress though.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 11 October 2008 14:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

Tiny but convincing!

http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:Uz5X3enPZzCLHM:http://www.jmayerh.de/work/buildings/vmm/images/000.jpg

I thought the interior shots had to be real. Why go to the bother of having such realistic gardens in the background otherwise?

Any cook should be able to run the country. (Ned Trifle II), Saturday, 11 October 2008 15:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

According to this it was completed last year.

Any cook should be able to run the country. (Ned Trifle II), Saturday, 11 October 2008 15:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

good old hilversum

conrad, Saturday, 1 November 2008 21:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

Has anyone seen Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman yet?

Trailer here: http://aff.bside.com/2008/films/visualacousticsthemodernismofjuliusshulman_aff2008

― caek, Saturday, October 4, 2008 8:53 PM (4 weeks ago) Bookmark

... won best documentary feature at Austin

caek, Sunday, 2 November 2008 15:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

1. Abalos and Herreros

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3249/2363353389_c0616179ea.jpg?v=0

Public Library, Usera, 2003

2. Toyo Ito

http://architourist.pbwiki.com/f/tower-winds1.jpg

Tower of the Winds, Yokohama, 1986

During the day opaque, at night interior lights respond to wind and noise.

3. Philip Johnson

http://www.freewebs.com/charlotklinkhamer/philip_johnson_glass_house_new_canaan_connecticut.jpg

Glass House, New Canaan, 1949

being rich would be the best (roxymuzak), Monday, 24 November 2008 07:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

4. Moshe Safdie

http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/34/117234-004-8AEFACC5.jpg

Habitat, Montreal, 1967

5. Sauerbruch/Hutton

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/14/19066211_3d47b57a79.jpg?v=1159131889

GSW Building, Berlin, 2001

6. Ushida/Findlay

http://www.manggha.krakow.pl/architecture/Images/kf_02.jpg

Soft and Hairy House, Tsukuba, 1994

being rich would be the best (roxymuzak), Monday, 24 November 2008 07:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

7. Williams/Tsien

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1007/1235914482_7158ad5335.jpg

Museum of American Folk Art, NYC, 2002

8. Maya Lin

http://www.obstanovka.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/langston_hughes_library.jpg

Langston Hughes Library, Clinton, TN, 1999

9. Atelier Hapsitus

http://ideiaforte.com.br/blog/media/1/20070623-the_cloud_4.jpg

The Cloud, Dubai, proposed

being rich would be the best (roxymuzak), Monday, 24 November 2008 08:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

The Langston Hughes Library is very nice.

I would like to sit here:

http://adaptivereuse.net/wp-content/uploads/images/langston-hughes-library-haley-fam.jpg

Did everyone hear what happened to Farnsworth House : (

http://www.farnsworthhouse.org/news/

http://www.farnsworthhouse.org/news/wp-content/themes/defusion/img/fh_header.gif

caek, Monday, 24 November 2008 14:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

This is not the first time...from the perspective of functionality and longevity it's a badly-sited building, smack in the middle of a flood plain. The current ownership seems very committed to protecting the building in the long term, so cross fingers...

Some stunners in there though:

We have, over the course of our five years managing this property, continually investigated solutions to the threat posed by the river. To that end, we begin this discussion with a list of previously proposed ideas:

1. Placement of a pontoons under the building
2. Longer column extensions that slide out of their footings
3. Szikorsky Helicopter to lift the 300 ton house
4. Hydraulic jacks to raise it in place
5. Building up the site flood plain by 12 ft.
6. Move the house to high ground
7. Retractable flood walls surrounding the house.
8. Waterproofing everything inside the house (vinyl upholstery, plastic laminate wood?)
9. Inflatable raft under the house
10. Internal sandbags around furniture and core
11. Dikes and dams
12. Moats
13. Fixed Moment Frame below the soil
14. Sandbags
15. Temporary flood walls
16. Reverse aquarium designed to rise out of the ground
17. Giant Zip lock bag
18. Steel waterproof shutters

Great selections from Roxy. The Safdie is a perennial delight - would really like to visit that sometime. Wish I could have seen ("seen") the Blur Building. According to one of my professors, the festival actually issued a commemorative chocolate bar of the building, which ordinarily would be fine, but it turns out rendering a foggy blur in chocolate produces something "that just looked like a big turd."

Doctor Casino, Monday, 24 November 2008 15:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

i saw a Julius Shulman photo exhibit a few years back that was very nice

what is the house you can barely believe is real, Doctor?

gabbneb, Monday, 24 November 2008 15:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

The "Dupli-casa" posted by Jed a bit upthread from there.

Doctor Casino, Monday, 24 November 2008 15:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

8. Waterproofing everything inside the house (vinyl upholstery, plastic laminate wood?)

AAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!

I'M ACTUALLY FINE (I DIED), Monday, 24 November 2008 15:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

I still haven't sen the Shulman doc, which is bumming me out. Working on acquiring a screener.

caek, Monday, 24 November 2008 16:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

A giant ziploc for Farnsworth could be fun.

caek, Monday, 24 November 2008 16:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

can not decide if the cloud would look like one of those mall fountains that looks as if it's showering individual streams of rain down from a height, but you approach to be disappointed by the plastic tubing. most exciting bit is surely the futurama-esque tube system to get up there.

schlump, Monday, 24 November 2008 16:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

"but you approach to be disappointed by the plastic tubing."

a look for photos through google and flickr suggests that this was exactly the case. and not just close up.

jed_, Monday, 24 November 2008 16:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

but at least it's not "The Cloud, Dubai".

jed_, Monday, 24 November 2008 16:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

The Langston Hughes house is no more, caek. It's a shame about the Farnsworth House; some good (and awesomely lol and wtf) ideas in that solutions list though. Someone explain "reverse aquarium" plz.

being rich would be the best (roxymuzak), Wednesday, 26 November 2008 00:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

Shulman doc?

being rich would be the best (roxymuzak), Wednesday, 26 November 2008 00:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

http://deconarch.wordpress.com/2008/08/11/visual-acoustics-the-modernism-of-julius-shulman-a-documentary-film/

Won the audience award at Austin last month.

caek, Wednesday, 26 November 2008 00:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

I kinda like "The Cloud, Dubai."

being rich would be the best (roxymuzak), Wednesday, 26 November 2008 00:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

I have been enjoying you delicious links recently, roxy!

caek, Wednesday, 26 November 2008 00:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oh thanks, I don't even know what's on there. Haw.

I kinda started an architecture blog, so most of it is stuff I plan to blog about, I guess.

being rich would be the best (roxymuzak), Wednesday, 26 November 2008 00:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

you really like architecture

a reverse aquarium presumably has water not on the inside but on the outside

conrad, Wednesday, 26 November 2008 01:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

thanks, i really do like it, but i don't know much about it/have never formally studied it, is i think my approach is pretty "natural" (i.e. uninformed)

being rich would be the best (roxymuzak), Wednesday, 26 November 2008 01:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

and yes i realize that, but i mean, "to rise out of the ground"?! this will be very tough

being rich would be the best (roxymuzak), Wednesday, 26 November 2008 01:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

is so

being rich would be the best (roxymuzak), Wednesday, 26 November 2008 01:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

Roxy, will throw your blog in my bookmarks. I am now over two years into a grad degree in arch. and I am still a layperson in so many ways - doesn't stop me from all my Flickr ramblings...so I say go for it and just keep soaking up information on stuff that interests you.

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 26 November 2008 03:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

thx, casino!

if you don't mind me asking, is your job arch.-related? if so, what is it?

being rich would be the best (roxymuzak), Wednesday, 26 November 2008 17:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

I pay the bills as a teaching assistant here in the archiprogram, so yeah. Over the summer I was interning at a local firm - that's pretty much the extent of my experience in the field. (My undergrad was in women's studies and polisci.)

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 26 November 2008 17:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

you are the awesomest!

being rich would be the best (roxymuzak), Wednesday, 26 November 2008 17:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

Hahha, thanks, if only my studio professors thought so!

(This quarter is with WORKac, who among other things did this summer's playful and charming garden at PSOne. They are smart but it is hard, as always.)

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 26 November 2008 17:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

So I guess they are architects I am thinking about...I was going to hold off linking them till I finished scanning my photos...oops.

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 26 November 2008 18:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

gosh, there's so much ON that website

love the main pic

being rich would be the best (roxymuzak), Wednesday, 26 November 2008 18:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

wait wait wait.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3178/3012113596_f89b40bd01.jpg
this makes no sense

rent, Wednesday, 26 November 2008 18:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

Love that Abalos and Herreros upthread. I think this...
http://www.herrerosarquitectos.com/HA_P3_IMs/10_07_CasaDeCampo/orden/CdC_001.jpg
...is nice, Herreros solo I think.

Holden McGroin (Ned Trifle II), Wednesday, 26 November 2008 18:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

this makes no sense

― rent, Wednesday, November 26, 2008 6:28 PM (9 minutes ago) Bookmark

Doc C, that shot is a very good attempt at showing Hollein's work, which always looks pretty dull in photos but, at its best, is a unique spatial delight!

jed_, Wednesday, 26 November 2008 18:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

This quarter is with WORKac, who among other things did this summer's playful and charming garden at PSOne.

loved this.

jed_, Wednesday, 26 November 2008 18:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

re: P.F.1 - Yeah, it was great - particularly in light of the kind of stuff that typically wins. They seem to feel that the committee or jury or whoever realized they were getting really tired of atmospheric projects. "We could have won last year, but not ten years ago." It was refreshing to me as a living example of Dutch-ness here on our shores (they both worked at OMA) by architects young enough that you could imagine "hey, that could be me!" So that's always going to be encouraging. But I also loved how much it was filled in with fun little gimmicks and gizmos - the periscope, the audio and video of working farms, the chicken coop...it was cool.

re: Hollein - thanks Jed! It's tough to get it in photos b/c the material palette seems so generically "70s museum"-y, but he makes a lot of spatial complexity out of seemingly simple moves.

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 26 November 2008 21:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/12/12/arts/26111909.JPG

I. M. Pei in the New York Times. Slideshow.

http://www.medaloffreedom.com/IeohMingPei3.jpg

“Contemporary architects tend to impose modernity on something,” he said in an interview. “There is a certain concern for history but it’s not very deep. I understand that time has changed, we have evolved. But I don’t want to forget the beginning. A lasting architecture has to have roots.”

hyggeligt, Monday, 15 December 2008 12:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

still <3 pei

rox qua rox (roxymuzak), Monday, 15 December 2008 12:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Gawd almighty I love this thread as it loads!

The best picture of this little house by Terunobu Fujimori is in the new Taschen book so you'll have to make do with a pic from the website as I can't find it online.
http://www.taschen.com/media/images/480/page_mi_architecture_now_6_04_0807211121_id_161946.jpg
A book full of good things.

Not me I'm the Emotional Type (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 2 January 2009 14:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

To give the photographer their due ('cos it's a nice shot) here's a link to the orignal photo.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/76991993@N00/521614297/

Not me I'm the Emotional Type (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 2 January 2009 14:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

Herzog & de Meuron strike again - I don't think we've covered 40 Bond Street on here.... Thread is enormous so I am scared to load it and check.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3196/3158434490_21b50a3220.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3263/3158448332_70e9f7c999.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3107/3157660519_c38b46811b.jpg

Doctor Casino, Friday, 2 January 2009 15:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

update your bookmarks, if you do that sort of thing:

10(+) MORE architects i have been thinking about
10(+) MORE architects i have been thinking about

jed_, Friday, 2 January 2009 16:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

Anarchitect have launched the (so far) fantastic image feed SpaceInvading.

One for Proposed buildings thread here:

http://www.spaceinvading.com/bookmarklet/Images/resized/3112081230770282061108_162012.jpg

hyggeligt, Wednesday, 14 January 2009 11:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

SpaceInvading is a great link - thanks hyggeligt!

jed_, Thursday, 15 January 2009 00:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

oh yeah, incidentally - there's a new thread just above your last post.

jed_, Thursday, 15 January 2009 01:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

10(+) MORE architects i have been thinking about

jed_, Thursday, 15 January 2009 01:08 (ten years ago) Permalink


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