The Architecture Thread

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

  1. mordecai

    mordecai Immoderator

    Messages:
    11,479
    Likes Received:
    778
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2008
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    The Richfield building, I believe Los Angeles's only demolished skyscraper. It was a tacky deco nightmare and I'm okay with it being gone.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Kookz

    Kookz Senior member

    Messages:
    367
    Likes Received:
    8
    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2008
    Location:
    Equatorial Guinea/Suisse
    Penn Station used to look like that, and not the POS underground mess I was in on Friday?

    Damnit.
     
  3. softy

    softy Senior member

    Messages:
    3,103
    Likes Received:
    7
    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2009
    Penn Station used to look like that, and not the POS underground mess I was in on Friday?

    Damnit.


    Yeah, it's a fucking travesty.
     
  4. Sazerac

    Sazerac Senior member

    Messages:
    607
    Likes Received:
    11
    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2010
    Location:
    Colorado
    In comparing the old Penn Station in New York City with its pink granite and Doric columns to the new Penn Station with its dark, utilitarian passageways, architectural historian Vincent Scully said, "Through it one entered the city like a god...one scuttles in now like a rat."
     
  5. StephenHero

    StephenHero Black Floridian

    Messages:
    14,187
    Likes Received:
    1,937
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2009
    Expo '70: The Assault on Taste [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. StephenHero

    StephenHero Black Floridian

    Messages:
    14,187
    Likes Received:
    1,937
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2009
    Berlage's Beurs Van Berlage in Amsterdam I think it's a really great prototype for 19th century urban architecture. Simplified form, open plan and expansive public space, refined details, great materiality and weight, and a very ephemeral atmosphere. Exactly the type of building we don't have enough of. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. Sazerac

    Sazerac Senior member

    Messages:
    607
    Likes Received:
    11
    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2010
    Location:
    Colorado
    Ah, the 70's. When expressionism jumped the shark.
     
  8. alexanduh

    alexanduh Senior member

    Messages:
    689
    Likes Received:
    8
    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2010
    Location:
    Sydney
    some pretty interesting stuff in that expo 70 post. info on the cubes dropping water?
     
  9. StephenHero

    StephenHero Black Floridian

    Messages:
    14,187
    Likes Received:
    1,937
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2009
    Water goes up the tube then falls down. One of the 20th century's major developments in gravity.
     
  10. softy

    softy Senior member

    Messages:
    3,103
    Likes Received:
    7
    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2009
    Re: Expo '70, certainly a lot of irrational exuberance, and the plans for 4,000 meter pyramidal biodomes were beyond insane... but the Tower of the Sun is one of the more memorable icons of Okamoto Tarō's career and, not being a piece of architecture, is an enjoyable standalone piece of sculpture. You might even call it Western Japan's Tokyo Tower in terms of cultural importance.
     
  11. StephenHero

    StephenHero Black Floridian

    Messages:
    14,187
    Likes Received:
    1,937
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2009
    I can't see how this is anything but dumb. Most of these major young firms are struggling to remain fully staffed after ballooning their offices in the pre-recession starchitecture bubble. If you have a competition for a half billion dollar project @5-10% commission, you're going to get everyone's best proposal and you give each firm's project team at least two-three months of wages and work. Unless you specifically have an A+ list architect in mind (H&deM, Gehry, OMA, Zumthor, Renzo, Hadid, or Holl) why wouldn't you just let all five or six go at it in a competition to give yourself some options? You can still rig it anyway. Snohetta is a quality firm, but they're definitely not immune from an underwhelming scheme, and most of their portfolio is circulation-intensive infrastructure or high rises, something an art museum is definitely not.
    Well, here it is: [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Very ambiguous presentation. It's tall. That's all I can tell.
     
  12. limping_decorum

    limping_decorum Senior member

    Messages:
    1,877
    Likes Received:
    54
    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2007
  13. holymadness

    holymadness Senior member

    Messages:
    3,673
    Likes Received:
    8
    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2008
    Location:
    Montreal
    Looks like a warehouse.
     
  14. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    14,384
    Likes Received:
    2,047
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2006
    Location:
    The wild and the pure.
    I hate fake Arco lamps.
     
  15. softy

    softy Senior member

    Messages:
    3,103
    Likes Received:
    7
    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2009

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by