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The Architecture Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Connemara, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. hypersonic

    hypersonic Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  2. StephenHero

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    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.
     
  3. hypersonic

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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:

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    Yeah, that's pretty banal.
     
  4. hypersonic

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    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.
     
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  6. itsstillmatt

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    I've always enjoyed Claudio Silvestrin, though I cannot find good pictures. I have no idea what he would be considered.
     
  7. StephenHero

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    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.
     
  8. LabelKing

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    There needs to be more ruthless intimidation in design these days. Everything is too user-friendly--some people don't deserve individuality.
     
  9. StephenHero

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    I agree. People just can't get enough of their Brutalist architecture these days. [​IMG]
     
  10. LabelKing

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    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.
     
  11. StephenHero

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    Either that or they're ugly as fuck.
     
  12. LabelKing

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    On the other hand, I am also a great fan of Niemeyer:

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    I'm surprised no one has posted Gaudi yet. This one I took at Park Guell last Summer.

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    Gaudi's La Segrada Familia's interior shot.

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  15. StephenHero

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    Does this really appeal to you?
     
  16. StephenHero

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    There was a great new house in Brazil posted on Dezeen today.

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    Does this really appeal to you?

    It makes me wet.
     
  18. hypersonic

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    There was a great new house in Brazil posted on Dezeen today.

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    Really nice. The furniture is from Roda -- it all looks great.
     
  19. hypersonic

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    Brutalism is so ideological. The architects who conceived it, understood it from an enlightened (and idealistic) context -- but the people who actually had to live in it were not so enthusiastic.


    I always considered Kahn's Salk Institute to be Brutalist .......albeit a much less aggressive form of it.
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  20. LabelKing

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    Brutalism is very character-driven architecture. It exudes and extols the character of a building or its creator.

    It is rather the antithesis of the ambient-type architecture that is dominant now. Intellectually, it is not dissimilar to the Baroque or Rococo.
     

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