In the world of architecture, libraries are among the very special buildings because they require the architect to design not only for humans but also for BOOKS! and their very special requirements in terms of natural light and the overall building conditions (acoustics, temperatures, humidity, etc). There is something so beautiful about the combination of books, natural light and human occupied space that creates a spirit to every library ( libraries with great design off course) . Now my love for library designs is combined with my admiration for Dutch designers MVRDV. This group of designers are without doubt one of the current pioneers in architecture with their SIMPLE design for efficient functionality. Their latest work “The Book Mountain” is a great example of my point about this firm. First of all, I think for the first time, I see a library that has centralized the stack of books and arranged everything else around it. The decision of the architects for this arrangement is definitely based on the context of the building. The adjacent buildings of the library are mainly the traditional brick buildings with pitched roofs and the architects have taken advantage of these rigid and bold buildings by literally taking their silhouettes and turn them into a new typology. This has resulted in a building with solid brick base topped by a glass pyramid which has a “mountain” of books in its heart. The transparency through the pyramid into the books creates a very tempting feeling to every passerby inviting them for a visit to the library. I think the response to the context, and attention to the arrangement of different functions in the building is a genius act and must be admired. Please do not hesitate to read more about further details on the project here.
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 just love this museum extention by schneider-schumacher Architects from Germany (http://www.schneider-schumacher.de/). The design aims to respect the solid axial composition of the old museum building. The underground spaces are toped by a roof structure that acts like a contoured landscape for the old buidling. The pattern of the circular skylights, the roof topography and the bold structure of the museum building makes a surreal image to me. I think this juxtaposition of the old and new works really well; another great way of respecting the context.
I love the world under the sea because its nature is totally unexpected and surprising. I have seen many documentaries on ocean species and I learnt as you go deeper, the creatures move further away from your expectations. I was thrilled to check the profile of Alexander Semenov who is “a zoologist specializing in marine biology of invertebrate animals”. I truly enjoyed going through his projects on Behance (http://www.behance.net/mumrik) and watching the unseen world. These creatures are so inspiring for any kind of art or design; in terms of color, form and structure. You can look at them as little lamps, shots of huge cities at night, beautiful paintings or anything that would come to your mind. Check out my selection of these beautiful creatures and also Alexander’s full profile. If I was born a fish, I would definitely be the one on the cover photo of this post 🙂