Alfredo Ceschiatti's Mermaid statue greets travelers in front of the Hotel Nacional. All photos courtesy of VOA. It's said that Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer drew inspiration from the curves he...
"The glass-and-steel Hotel Nacional was one of his later-period masterpieces, a gleaming tower atop a gorgeous, curvaceous base. For the last two decades, it's also been a ghost, abandoned and neglected, even covered in graffiti. But that will soon change."
The Guggenheim Museum " most images show the circular stairs. We are unsure where this staircase is,, but assume it is at the Guggenheim since the image is connected to the story....
"Wright believed geometric forms had symbolic power and he used repeating geometric shapes to help unify his spaces. According to him, the triangle shape, seen here in the museum stairway, suggested structural unity." Frank Lloyd Wright page fb
"The maple wood blocks . . . are in my fingers to this day," said Frank Lloyd Wright, attesting to the influence of the Froebel blocks on his work. The blocks were developed by Friedrich Froebel in the 1830s for children to learn the elements of geometric form, mathematics and creative design.
Frank Lloyd Wright was interested in architecture early in his life and his mother purchased a set of Froebel kindergarten blocks at the Centennial Expostition in Philadelphia so that he could begin building. Frank was fascinated by the blocks and much of his architectural design was influenced by the geometric shapes he experiemented with as a child. http://www.froebelweb.org/web2000.html
Geometric forms also held symbolic significance. The circle, he said, suggested infinity; the triangle, structural unity; the spire, aspiration; the spiral, organic progress; and the square, integrity
In a city known for steel spans and broad shoulders, women?s design sensibilities aren?t the first things that usually come to mind, but Chicago has been intensely shaped by women architects
Kerbis’ most important work in Chicago is at O'Hare, where her Rotunda building still makes a strong structural design statement. The Rotunda was completed in 1963 as a link between Terminals 2 and 3.
In 1973 Gertrude Lempp Kerbis sent out letters to women in the Chicago architecture community. She welcomed these women to join her after work to discuss the status of women in architecture. In a small ofﬁce at 664 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago Women in Ardwitecture was founded. http://www.cwarch.org/history.html
Founding members include Gertrude Lempp Kerbis. Carol Ross Barney, Cynthia Weese, Nancy Abshire, Gunduz Dagdelen, Natalie de Blois, Laura Fisher. and Jane M. Jacobsen, many of whom continue to be involved in the organization today and advocate for our members.
The Boa Nova Tea House was designed following a competition held in 1956 by the city council and won by Portuguese architect Fernando Tavora. After choosing a site on the cliffs of the Matosinhos s...
It is significant that the restaurant is not far from the town of Matosinhos where the architect grew up, and set in a landscape that he was intimately familiar with. It was still possible in Portugal of the 1960s to make architecture by working in close contact with the site, and this work, much like the Leça Swimming Pools of 1966, is about ‘building the landscape’ of this marginal zone on the Atlantic – through a careful analysis of the weather and tides, existing plant life and rock formations, and the relationship to the avenue and city behind....
Coast Modern will open up closed minds a little further, bringing more people into the light, space, air and nature that defined a truly fertile phase of architectural design. - Wallpaper Magazine
It will have you looking at your four walls in a different way, and will seduce any fan of the 20th-century-born style of architecture based on the ideal that a home transforms those who live in it. - The Star, Toronto
A beautifully filmed #documentary for all who love #modernist #architecture . From #LA to #Vancouver, a legacy of inspired living by the pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture http://coastmodernfilm.com/ TY FB/CoastModern
Located near Petropolis, Brazil is the Edmundo Cavanellas Residence (now called the Gilberto Strunk House). Designed by Oscar Neimeye, with landscaping...
Gardens of Roberto Burle MarxEdmundo Cavanellas Residence, near Petropolis, Brazil
1954. Now called the Gilberto Strunk Residence, the garden stretches along a valley floor and provides a fantastic setting for an Oscar Neimeyer designed modernist house that resembles a rope bridge spanning the valley. Great images via FB post....
"Overall, Delory’s provocation is an attack on the idolization of architecture. The shock induced by his images is perhaps evidence that the Villa Savoye, as an icon of function and utilitarianism, is now too often treated as a precious object."
Image:via Martin della Cava •Pinterest Lafayette ParkMichigan was the destination of modern designers and architects throughout the mid-20th century.
Attracted by the state’s thriving post war economy, they found here a place where creativity was celebrated and ideas could actually be put into production. For them, Modern design symbolized the future and expressed the optimism of the era. Michigan’s design legacy ranges from natives like Alden Dow and Ralph Rapson to European artists seeking refuge during World War II like Louis Redstone or Ruth Adler Schnee to imaginative minds seeking challenge and creative freedom like Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen and Minoru Yamasaki to those like Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe who simply passed through leaving their imprint on an unexpected place. To learn more click on the links below and you’ll be directed to our partners at MichiganModern.org’s database of Michigan’s modern architects, designers, and firms.
Detroit Modernism Week// April 16 – 25, 2015 // A ten day salute to Michigan's contributions to the Modern Movement
The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge director and his wife, Catherine Martin, will create interiors, a spa, uniforms and a soundscape for the historic property.
Miami, my hometown Saxony Hotel 1947 Miami, is rapidly establishing itself as the most architecturally progressive city in the USA. Film director Baz Luhrmann and production designer Catherine Martin, whose credits include The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge, will oversee the renovation of the Saxony Hotel. Built in 1947, this was once one of the most glamorous luxury hotels at Miami Beach.The two will design interiors, uniforms, and cultural programming for the historic Saxony Hotel in the growing Faena District of Miami Beach. info and image via Dezeen http://bit.ly/1z4qQJb VanityFair http://vnty.fr/1tTzxAE #Miami #MiamiBeach #renovation #MCM #architecture New apartment towers by Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron and Bjarke Ingels Group have been announced this year, while OMA recently won a competition to rebuild the Miami Beach convention centre. Zaha Hadid Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group
A fabulous interactive feature interviewing residents of the townhomes of Lafayette Park in Detroit. The complex was designed by a trio of..
October 16th marks the 58th anniversary of the groundbreaking for Lafayette Park, which occurred in 1956. The complex was designed by a trio of world-class designers: Ludwig Hilbersheimer as urban planner, Alfred Caldwell as Landscape Designer and Mies Van Der Rohe as architect. Lafayette Park is arguably one of the best examples of successful multi-complex housing schemes in North America. NYtimes Interactive post:http://nyti.ms/1F6t6SI #Mies #Detroit #urbanrenewal Lafayette Park continues to be the subject of a number of articles looking at the design legacy of this unique community and its continued relevance as a model for resource-sensitive urban renewal.
Hiss Studio, Tim Seibert CERTAIN PLACES ON THE PLANET -- often unexpected places, like Columbus, Indiana, and Tel Aviv, Israel -- have been blessed with impressive inventories of important 20th cen...
The weekend of October 9-12, I’ll be in Sarasota for Sarasota MOD Weekend, a celebration of the area’s 1940s through ’60s architectural heritage, when architects like Paul Rudolph, Ralph Twitchell, Victor Lundy, Tim Seibert, Gene Leedy, Carl Abbott and others produced a stock of residential and commercial buildings responding to local climate and culture with great modernist style.
This group, which became known as the Sarasota School of Architecture, found its initial inspiration in the philosophies of the Bauhaus, but soon incorporated regional Southern features, “using patios, verandas, modular construction and raised floors to open up buildings for greater ventilation in pre-air conditioning days,” as the website of the Sarasota Architectural Foundation puts it. “They added a play of light and shadow, and the color and texture of indigenous low maintenance materials softened the cold machine aesthetic of the Bauhaus.
Thanks to Cara Greenberg for a wonderful blog post...
Instead Of The Arch, The St. Louis Riverfront Could Have Had … This St.
As St. Louis celebrates its 250th anniversary -- and construction continues on the “park over the highway” that will connect the Arch to the city -- here’s a look back at the national design competition held 67 years ago that Eero Saarinen won with his simple but audacious arch.
House Adrenaline, spanish mansion Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta
House Adrenaline #architecture #modern #mexico #color http://bit.ly/1nAEj1K Ricardo Legorreta, a disciple of Luis Barragán, applied elements of Barragan's architecture in his work including bright colors, play of light and shadow, and solid Platonic geometric shapes. ...I used to dream about working in projects that would be modern but still upheld the value of vernacular mexican architecture and I believe he did just that. I always admired his use of volume, light and color, but most especially, I now admire the love he expressed for his country and his career. http://ceciliahanover.tumblr.com/ On December 30th, 2011, I read the sad news about his passing at the age of eighty. And as his quote below mentions, I’m sure his ideals will survive.
"Surrounded by this magical world (Mexico), I have devoted my life to the most beautiful profession, knowing that the road is endless and that when we disappear, if our ideals are worthy, somebody will pick up our flag and continue. We live in a period of speed: in order to manage it we need to work together, looking at technology as a tool and not as a goal, keeping the basic values of humanism, avoiding superficiality, solving people’s needs without serving power and materialism"
Rest in peace Ricardo Legorreta and thanks for the inspiration. Celia Hanover...link above
A legendary figure of modern architecture, Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012) lived through the 20th century, designed more than hundred buildings, and planned and designed the federal capital of Brasília, Brazil with Lúcio Costa. His legacy lives on in these gamechanging buildings.
Follow the link to a wonderful pictorial journey through many of Niemeyer's greatest architectural achievements.
If we look at the history of architecture since its beginning, say from the time of the pyramids to modern times, and make a list of the most significant buildings, it is likely that the National Assembly of Bangladesh (also known as Sher-e-Bangla Nagar) will occupy quite a prominent position. One could say that it was the culmination of the modern period of architecture and the beginning of the post-modern era.
One of my favorite quotes by Louis Kahn:
''If you think of Brick, you say to Brick, ‘What do you want, Brick?’ And Brick says to you, ‘I like an Arch.’ And if you say to Brick, ‘Look, arches are expensive, and I can use a concrete lintel over you. What do you think of that, Brick?’ Brick says, ‘I like an Arch.’ And it’s important, you see, that you honor the material that you use. [..] You can only do it if you honor the brick and glorify the brick instead of shortchanging it.''
"Charles Eames' own house was one of a number of Case Study Houses sponsored by the West Coast journal Arts and Architecture. The aim of the magazine was to seek out new design ideas—particularly in the use of new materials and techniques—and to propagate good design. Eames' house was certainly unconventional, a package of standard, off-the-peg components which, when assembled, made up an art-work as unique as a Duchamp ready-made.
"Eames' house uses existing industrially made components in a straightforward and workmanlike way. But he uses the paneling necessary for an industrial grid in an inventive way. The exterior of his house consists of transparent panels, clear or wired glass; translucent panels which are glass fibre and opaque ones which are wood, grey asbestos, aluminum and coloured blue, red, earth colour, black, or, on occasion, covered with plaster covered with gold leaf.
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