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Herzog and de Meuron

In Architects on January 15, 2009 at 10:39 am

Herzog and de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron is a Swiss architecture firm founded by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron in 1978. 

Their minimalistic architecture and use of materials in its raw way is known worldwide. One of their latest project was the Birds Nest in Beijing Olympic Stadium.

Other buildings:

A dancing house

In Architects on January 14, 2009 at 9:55 pm

 

Frank Gehry

The Dancing House in Prague was designed by Frank Owen Gehry (born 1929 as Ephraim Owen Goldberg). His style is unique and very playful. The best known buildings are the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Weisman Art in Minneapolis and of course the Dancing House in Prague… all these buildings including his private residence have become tourist attractions.

“Sketches of Frank Gehry” is an award winning documentary about Frank Gehry. Whatch the trailer:

Archigram

In Architects on January 12, 2009 at 11:36 pm

Archigram

Archigram (ARCHitectur teleGRAM) was an avant-garde architectural group based in London and formed in the 1960s. The members of the group were Peter Cook, Warren Chalk, Ron Herron, Dennis Crompton, Michael Webb and David Greene.

Their designs were futuristic, anti-heroic and pro-consumerist, drawing inspiration from technology in order to create a new reality that was expressed through hypothetical projects.

Archigram agitated to prevent modernism from becoming a sterile and safe orthodoxy by its adherents.

The group designed a lot of projects but none were actually build. But they had and still have a big influence on other architects like Richard Roger’s Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Lloyed’s Building in London.

Daniel Libeskind

In Architects on January 12, 2009 at 11:21 pm

Daniel LibeskindRoyal Ontario Museum (Toronto, Canada)

Daniel Libeskind (1946) is an American architect, artist and set designer. His studio Daniel Libeskind was founded in 1989. Some of his famous buildings, Denver Art Museum (USA), Imperial War Museum (Manchester), Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto, Canada)….

Postnik Jakowlew

In Architects on January 12, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Postnik Jakowlew

Who Postnik Jakowlew was? I don’t really know… the only thing I can tell you is that he was a Russian architect and designed one of my favourite buildings: the Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. The cathedral at the end of the red square was built in 1550s to commemorate Ivan the Terrible’s capture of the Mongol stronghold of Kazan. It features distinctive onion domes and is often mistaken as the Kremlin (which is across the red square).

Icon

In Architects, Books and Magazines, Interior Design, X-Magazine on January 8, 2009 at 5:09 pm

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Icon is an award winning architecture and design magazines. 

Every month they interview the most exciting architects and designers in the world, visit the best new buildings, analyse the most interesting new cultural movements and technologies, and review an eclectic range of exhibitions, books, products and films.

Ettore Sottsass

In Architects, Recommended on January 2, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Ettore Sottsass (1917 – 2007) was an Austrian/Italian architect and designer. In 1939 he graduated in architecture from the Turin polytechnic. Sottsass was an influential, highly original and occasionally despised Italian designer and architect who was a leading member of the group which established postwar Italy’s reputation for design. 

He founded the architect studio ‘Sottsass Associati’ in 1980. He designed some nice, colourful houses and is therefore one of my favourite architects. Who wouldn’t like to live in one of these houses.

Ettore Sottsass

Origami Architecture

In Architects, Art, My own Work, Paper Engineering on December 31, 2008 at 4:27 pm

Origami Architecture

Origami is the art of folding paper. It always fascinates me how people are able to turn a single sheet of paper into a 3D structure.

The photograph on the top shows one of my attempts. It was used for a university project on stage design.

Wanna try it yourself: Origami Architectual Models

Antoni Gaudí

In Architects on December 31, 2008 at 11:22 am

Antoni Gaudi

Antoni Gaudí (1852 – 1926) was a spanish architect who belonged to the Modernist style (Art Nouveau) movement and was famous for his unique and highly individualistic designs.

After studying architecture in Barcelona he received the first assignments from the ecclesiastic world and the bourgeoisie, who would always be his main clients. Among these, the Association of Devotees of Saint Joseph stands out as they commissioned him with the Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família (the cathedral of the modern Barcelona). Of equal importance was the industrialist Eusebi Güell, the best client and essential patron, who entrusted him with the construction of a palace, the curch for an industrial colony, some pavilions for his summer residence and a city-garden.

What I like about his architecture is less looking at the complete buidling but at the ornaments, mosaics and stunning details.

Friedensreich Hundertwasser

In Architects on December 29, 2008 at 3:11 pm

 

Hundertwasser - Waldspirale in Darmstadt

Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928 – 2000) is one of my favourite architects. I had seen lots of photographs of his work but really was amazed by visiting the Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna (Austria). He is playing with the building leaving no even surfaces and there is something to discover behind every corner like colourful mosaics.

The Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna is a residential building and usually not open to the public but a resident was so friendly to let me and a friend in to have a look around. Thanks for the experience!