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post #181 of 3631
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Kahn is not a Brutalist. He's a modernist.


Hmm, yes that is true ....but it also depends on how one defines Modernism.

Technically, Brutalism is a branch of Modernism.
post #182 of 3631
Ando has too much respect for light to be called a Brutalist. He also demands construction precision to an almost fanatical degree so that his concrete achieves a liquidity in texture that transcends the carelessness of most brutalist construction.

Zumthor is an alpine modernist, who uses stone as an alternative to concrete because it alludes to the historical context of vernacular architecture in Switzerland. He also champions the quiet, therapeutic qualities of architecture that was always overlooked by the more aggressive brutalists. Zumthor also shows tremendous ability with glass detail.
post #183 of 3631
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The visual abortion that is the new Columbus Circle, originally designed by Edward Durell Stone. It is offensive in its nonoffensiveness:



Yeah, that's pretty banal.
post #184 of 3631
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Originally Posted by StephenHero View Post
Ando has too much respect for light to be called a Brutalist. He also demands construction precision to an almost fanatical degree so that his concrete achieves a liquidity in texture that transcends the carelessness of most brutalist construction.

Zumthor is an alpine modernist, who uses stone as an alternative to concrete because it alludes to the historical context of vernacular architecture in Switzerland. He also champions the quiet, therapeutic qualities of architecture that was always overlooked by the more aggressive brutalists. Zumthor also shows tremendous ability with glass detail.

Excellent. Thanks.
post #185 of 3631
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The visual abortion that is the new Columbus Circle, originally designed by Edward Durell Stone. It is offensive in its nonoffensiveness: Yeah, that's pretty banal.
It is suitably ironic that the new facade was commissioned by the Museum of Arts & Design--a severe lack of taste as expected. The new facade is tacky and consumerist in all the wrong ways. It brings to mind a schlocky, sleek, shiny cellphone. Yuppie minimalism at its best.
post #186 of 3631
I've always enjoyed Claudio Silvestrin, though I cannot find good pictures. I have no idea what he would be considered.
post #187 of 3631
I forgot to address Hadid. I think the problem with her early work was that computer aided metal fabrication wasn't at the point where it could be used as an alternative to concrete, so she was forced into curvaceous concrete formwork instead of curvaceous metal sheeting. That made a huge difference in the perceived "weight" of the architecture, making it appear more ruthless and intimidating than she would have hoped. In recent years she has almost eliminated her use of exposed concrete because of these new technological advances. I've never been a tremendous fan of the way her architecture holds the context in a stranglehold, but to her credit she's designed some yet unbuilt buildings that are breathtaking in form. For her sake I hope they are built well, as her legacy will depend on her ability to turn her computer pornography into sleekly constructed spaces.
post #188 of 3631
There needs to be more ruthless intimidation in design these days. Everything is too user-friendly--some people don't deserve individuality.
post #189 of 3631
I agree. People just can't get enough of their Brutalist architecture these days.
post #190 of 3631
Stop it with the porn. What I love about the user-interaction with Brutalism is the obscurity one experiences since Brutalist buildings tend to have an assortment of architectural nooks and crannys. The building obfuscates the individual, and there is an almost poignancy that arises.
post #191 of 3631
Either that or they're ugly as fuck.
post #192 of 3631
On the other hand, I am also a great fan of Niemeyer:

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post #194 of 3631
I'm surprised no one has posted Gaudi yet. This one I took at Park Guell last Summer.



Gaudi's La Segrada Familia's interior shot.

post #195 of 3631
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Does this really appeal to you?
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