Posts Tagged: architecture



Lodewijk Toeput - The Tower of Babel (1587)

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Sommerfeld house, 1920s.

1. Front Door (Joost Schmidt)
2. Entrance Hall (carvings by Joost Schmidt and chair by Marcel Breuer)

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Brion Cemetary in San Vito d’Altivole near Treviso, Italy is considered Italian architect Carlo Scarpa’s most important and complex work. “I consider this work, if you permit me, to be rather good and one which will get better over time. I have tried to put some poetic imagination into it, though not in order to create poetic architecture but to make a certain kind of architecture that could emanate a sense of formal poetry. The place for the dead is a garden. I wanted to show some ways in which you could approach death in a social and civic way; and further what meaning there was in death, in the ephemerality of life other than these shoe-boxes.” Scarpa died in 1978, in a construction site accident. He is buried in this cemetery in a standing position in a hidden spot within the interstitial space where the walls of the old and new cemeteries meet.

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Otto Wagner (Austrian, 1841-1918)

Karlplatz Tram Stop, Vienna, 1898

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Oh honey, that’s just how old houses are. They settle. They sometimes creak or groan, or quietly weep, or demand blood sacrifice in voices that sounds like the fluttering wings of a thousand moths. It’s just the house settling. For whatever it can get. Go back to sleep.

I am trying to sleep you fascinating menace

so am I, the house whispers, yet you infest my skin, you sweat and dream within the wooden chambers of my heart, a frail, soft jonah I did not consent to swallow, and to which god then shall you pray for release, when all my doors are gone? you fear the dark, little moth, and yet you have locked yourself within a blackness lacking even stars. I was void, but you gave me substance; and who is to say where your soul goes, when you sleep within me? who is to say I do not replace it, do not weave you into my walls and wear your borrowed shell? when daylight comes, all shadows flee but those we carry with us.

wake, then, and see what you cast. 

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"I remembered once, in Japan, having been to see the Gold Pavilion Temple in Kyoto and being mildly surprised at quite how well it had weathered the passage of time since it was first built in the fourteenth century. I was told it hadn’t weathered well at all, and had in fact been burnt to the ground twice in this century.
‘So it isn’t the original building?’ I had asked my Japanese guide.
‘But yes, of course it is,’ he insisted, rather surprised at my question.
‘But it’s been burnt down?’
‘Many times.’
‘And rebuilt.’
‘Of course. It is an important and historic building.’
‘With completely new materials.’
‘But of course. It was burnt down.’
‘So how can it be the same building?’
‘It is always the same building.’
I had to admit to myself that this was in fact a perfectly rational point of view, it merely started from an unexpected premise. The idea of the building, the intention of it, its design, are all immutable and are the essence of the building. The intention of the original builders is what survives. The wood of which the design is constructed decays and is replaced when necessary. To be overly concerned with the original materials, which are merely sentimental souvenirs of the past, is to fail to see the living building itself."

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WAÏF: Where Architecture ïs organic

The Outsiders Series N9

Bruce Goff

Bavinger House

Norman, Oklahoma, USA. 1950


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Alphonse Mucha’s art nouveau proposal for the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

More from the Musée d’Orsay: “Many of the proposals submitted to the 1894 competition for the 1900 Universal Exhibition planned to modify the Eiffel Tower, retaining only the first platform. Mucha, however, envisaged covering the base of the tower with monumental statues and a globe, as a tribute to man’s progress. Had it been executed, this would have been one of the most emblematic structures of Art Nouveau.”



Valter Scelsi, Come parli frate, 2014

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Source: architectural-review