I have always wanted to talk about the future in architecture; coming across this post on Dezeen, I thought its a good time to talk about what seems to be the future . Apparently a Chinese firm is planned to build this building using prefabricated pieces that are installed on the site like “lego”. This firm has already completed a smaller 30 story tower using the same method in 15 days which is great. I believe that construction techniques have always been one of the biggest limitations to design and innovations such as this are definitely the future. With all the so called sustainable benefits that such methods of construction can bring to the industry, I have to say in terms of design and function such methods could have a low side to them. The mass production and the rigid modular pieces definitely has an impact on both aesthetics as well as the functional arrangements of the spaces. A design that is a direct product of such method is as unpleasant as this tallest tower which is planned to be constructed. This is why I think architects should invest GOOD RESEARCH in this field and try to think of new ways of design that leads such construction methods instead of being a victim to it.
You cannot be an architect not knowing the legendary Modern architect LE CORBUSIER. He is one of the masterminds behind a movement in architecture that changed not only architecture as a profession but also architecture and its responsibility to humanity (MODERNISM).In simple words what LE CORBUSIER and his fellow Modern architects did was to bring architectural design to our houses so that we can also enjoy benefits of a well designed space.Before the Modern movement, architecture belonged to the higher classes of society and only super rich people could afford architectural design while people like CORBUSIER introduced or invented “simplicity” in architecture that was functional and beautiful beside being affordable by the middle class. Sometimes the Modernist architects are criticized for their philosophy of “simplicity” and “form following function” but I really believe the contribution they had to humanity is one of a kind and can never be criticized. Their “vision of architecture for all” is the biggest lesson I learnt from them as an architect and I would be posting more about this vision hopefully in near future. For now, I want to commemorate LE CORBUSIER by displaying some of his work as well as his rare photos in color (we have always seen LE CORBUSIER as the man in black and white).
I love the design of the Nolitan hotel by New York based architects Grywinsky + Pons. Located on a corner site, the architecture emphasizes the dynamics of the site by the solid/void relationship on the facade. The dynamics and simplicity of the exterior continues to the interior that are full of life and energy. I think the attention to detail and the connection of the exterior/interior makes this project very successful.
Check out these sketches of natural and architectural scences from the villages of Iran by one of the best Iranian architects, Hooshang Seyhoun. His power in sketching and paintings is just incredible; in 1972, his works were exhibited along Dali and Picasso at an art exhibition in Massachusetts University. The picture on the cover of this post is a memorial structurre at the tomb of one of the greatest persian poets called Khayyam, which was designed by Seyhoun in 1962. If you are not familiar with Persian art, architecture and poetry simply look at this structure; because it is a perfect manifistation of pure persian art and classic literature. Unfortunately after the 70s revolution in Iran, Seyhoun left the country for good and that marked the end of his proffessional career inside Iran.
I believe material is a key element in design; it is the essential mean of presenting the object. I was overwhelmed with the juxtaposition of materials in the design of the stool called “Stitching Concrete” by an industrial design graduate called Florian Schmid (http://www.florian-schmid.com/). This project offers a revolutionary idea which takes the flexibility of concrete into a new level; the ability to stich it!! The truth is we must eventually develop new techniques of construction and this project is a perfect example of the “right direction”. I definitely think the technique offers infinite potential in form making not only in industrial design but also architecture. This is the future!!!
“These stools are made by folding fabric that’s impregnated with cement then drenching it in water. It consists of cement layered between fabric and a PVC backing. Once soaked it can be manipulated for a few hours before hardening. A wooden mould supports it while drying within 24 hours.”