Photos: Arquitectura y diseño Today we are bringing you a very interesting topic for all the architecture lovers. In iLuxenio, we are specialist on sustainable and exclusive homes. However, when we see a great building it does not matter its purpose, we fall for its beauty, characteristics, design, etc. We will gos over great construction projects and which great architects are behind them.
For this reason, in this post we want to consider the buildings which were thought by great architects. Anyhow, this is just a small list that can be completed. There is no accounting for taste after all.
Robie House, Chicago, Frank Lloyd Wright (1910)
We cannot start in a better way. The master Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the referents in modern architecture and one of the great architects we would like to deal with. This building, the Robie House, is proof of that. He based his style on horizontal lines, pronounced eaves and centered plants and we can see that in this work. The architect ended up consecrating this way of designing implanted from the Robie House in a housing model called “prairie houses”. The name comes from its inspiration in the prairie landscape of the American Midwest.
Wolf house, Gubin, Polonia, Mies van der Rohe (1926)
Influenced by German avant-garde currents, Mies van der Rohe definitively moved away from the neoclassical style he had practiced in his early work and gave way to a more experimental trend. Thanks to this, he came to a style characterized by a flexible and fluid distribution and close communication between the interior and the exterior. This is what we can appreciate in this magnificent building that, unfortunately, we can only see in pictures as it was destroyed during World War II.
Weissenhofsiedlung double house, Sttutgart, Le Corbusier (1927)
The history of this building, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2016, dates back to 1927. At that time, the Deutscher Werkbund association organized a search for a solution to a serious problem in the Weissenhofsiedlung district of Stuttgart: housing shortages in Germany. Different invited architects to participate in a joint project that would consist of a colony of 12 buildings, attended to the event. One of them is this house. In it Le Corbusier laid the foundations of his style. Its characteristics are light and sustained construction on thin pillars, austerity and elegance. Among its areas, stands out a luxurious roof and living rooms with the ability to redistribute in a variable way. It was from this project when the French architect established the concept of house as a “living machine”.
Lever House, New York, SOM (1952)
If we talk about emblematic buildings it is necessary to mention one as significant as this. This is the first skyscraper that wbuilt in New York that had a glass curtain wall. The Skidmore, Owings & Merill (SOM) studio was the creator. This was a before and after in the Manhattan skyline, bringing modernity and innovation. This inspired the rest of skyscrapers that were built later.
Boa Nova Tea House, Leça da Palmeira, Portugal, Álvaro Siza (1963)
The architect Álvaro Siza, Pritzker Prize, carried out this project when he was 23 years old. He managed to integrate the house perfectly into the landscape and history of the place. You can see that with the naked eye since the structure seems to emerge from the rocks. Already with an extensive and experienced career, 50 years after the construction of the Boa Nova Tea House, the architect himself remodeled the place to host the restaurant of the Portuguese chef Rui Paula.
George Pompidou Center, Paris, Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano (1977)
The high-tech style with which Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano endowed this building was so revolutionary for its time that not everyone came to understand it. However, this place that houses a museum, a library, a space dedicated to industrial and architectural creation and another for musical experimentation meant a great transformation in the way of conceiving buildings destined for museums today.
Fortunately, throughout history there have been great architects who have left their mark thanks to their fantastic buildings.
In addition to those we have already named, we can highlight others such as Frank Gehry’s House in Santa Monica; HSBC Bank in Hong Kong by Norman Foster; Institute of the Arab World, in Paris by Jean Nouvel; the Chapel of St. Benedict in Sumvitg (Switzerland) by Peter Zumthor or the Vitra Campus Fire Station, in Weil am Rhein (Germany) by Zaha Hadid.
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