The Architecture Thread

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  1. StephenHero

    StephenHero Black Floridian

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    SANAA has won the Pritzker Prize. Good choice.

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    really beautiful stuff right there. The GF was talking about how this prize is rarely given to partners (partners as in more than one person) and rarely given to women (is Zaha a woman?), so this is a pretty big deal.

    I've only seen a handful of examples from SANAA, but it's all pure and beautiful.
     
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    There's only a handful of prominent women architects. Zaha's birth certificate reads female, but uncertainty remains.
     
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    Villa Mairea, Noormarkku, Finland by Alvar Aalto: [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    This sort of "luminous" architecture always looks better in pictures.
     
  6. StephenHero

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    This sort of "luminous" architecture always looks better in pictures.

    The list of architects whose work looks better in flesh rather than pictures is extremely short IMO. Kahn is probably the most notable.
     
  7. gomestar

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    I dislike a lot of Rem's stuff in person.


    On the flip side, I have found that there are certain buildings, like the Pantheon, whose pictures always fall far short of walking in, touching, seeing, experiencing. And, apparently, Treptow Crematorium.
     
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    I think it the distinguishing feature required to meet that criteria is stone, brick, or some type of heavily weighted material. It effects the sound quality and humidity levels enough to make a very notable impression as well as the simple permanence of it. Exterior gravel groundcover and wood floors have similarly positive effects on your awareness of architecture or a landscape. Some really good architecture can be entirely passive though as is the case with SANAA. Piano's Morgan Library is a good example of that.


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    On the flip side, I've never seen a building clad in aluminum panels I've liked. Photos and renderings treat them extremely well. I wish people would stop using it so often. It usually turns out looking like shit.
     
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    What I find notable about many contemporary buildings that have good exterior form are the extremely unimpressive interiors.
     
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    Nouvel's new National Museum of Qatar

    First impression: I want to like it, but it's excessively wasteful and purposeless. But there might be some really great interior spaces I'm missing.

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  12. gomestar

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    or a pile of broken plates. Minus the sink.
     
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    WTF is with the sheep? And the armchairs overlooking the tub?
    The armchairs are there so that people can watch you bathe. Everyone in iceland uses sheep instead of car. You americans are so unsophisticated.
     
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    I would have thought toyo ito before sanaa
     
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    Toyo Ito really only has about 4 or 5 significant buildings.
     

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