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The Art Of Architecture.

#1  Postby redwhine » May 21, 2010 8:13 am

Due to overwhelming public demand (...well two people suggested it! :shifty: ...) I could resist no longer. This is about the art of architecture. The science (loads, stresses and stuff belong elsewhere).

This is more of a selfish thread than altruistic, as I'm hoping that it might prompt others to post their favourites so that they can also inspire me.

What kick started me into starting this thread was a recent documentary about the life and work of Picasso, which revealed that the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, was built in to reflect his work. However, Wiki makes no mention of it.

Either way, it's one helluvan interesting building.

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And an example of cubism...

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I think there is a case to answer.

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Re: The Art Of Architecture.

#2  Postby archibald » May 21, 2010 11:40 pm

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My memory of seeing this for the first time is probably one of my strongest architectural experiences. I am not sure why. Often, one's expectations are set so high beforehand that it is difficult for the building to meet them, and I normally strongly prefer modern buildings to old ones, but in this case I was stopped in my tracks. Obviously there is the symmetry, the paleness and order (all of which are a huge contrast to what goes on in the urban vicinity) but most of all I think it is the approach, which is via (if I recall correctly) rather dark archway of an ante-building some distance away from the Taj itself. Interestingly, the level of the floor of the ante-building appears to be similar to the elevated floor level of the Taj, with the open landscaped space in between dropping down, which I think creates the effect in the mind, as one emerges to see it for the first time, that the building is in some way 'floating' slightly.

Here's an idea of what I'm saying:

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This is a building to 'look at' rather than 'be in' (I found the interior to be fairly forgettable) which I find is often true of older buildings (gothic cathedrals notwithstanding). I suppose it could be argued that 'superficiality' was one of the qualities which modern architecture endeavoured to do away with.
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Re: The Art Of Architecture.

#3  Postby tuco » May 21, 2010 11:48 pm

Never materialized, for its controversy or perhaps political reasons, project of J. Kaplický National Library in Praha, Czech Rep

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Re: The Art Of Architecture.

#4  Postby Dracena » May 22, 2010 12:11 am

My fav. from the channel 4 series Grand Designs, the woodsmans cottage, for the fairy tale quality and eco credentials.
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Re: The Art Of Architecture.

#5  Postby redwhine » May 22, 2010 6:35 am

Dracena wrote:My fav. from the channel 4 series Grand Designs...

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Grand Designs is a must see for me. (Along with the more recent Restoration Manand Landscape Man.)
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Re: The Art Of Architecture.

#6  Postby redwhine » Jun 19, 2010 9:29 am

CarverAderly wrote:Yes, all are fantastic. I had also heard about Taj Mahal that it is one the most strongest architecture I had seen all the on discovery. It is one of the most flawless architectural creations of the world.The plinth and tomb took roughly 12 years to complete.Grand Designs is also looking so beautiful and natural. The shape and design of library is also wonderful I like the color combination too much.


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The Taj is amazing...

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...but India has many other treasures.

One of my favourites is the Palace Of The Winds...

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...although it's not all that it seems!

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Re: The Art Of Architecture.

#7  Postby redwhine » Jul 04, 2010 8:56 am

The Tour De France commencing reminded me of some places it has visited over the years. One of the most interesting and amazing being Futuroscope.

The pavilions of Futuroscope are mainly made up of metal and glass: modern materials which give the buildings form and texture, as works of art that make the observer stand and stare. The design of the pavilions was led by architect Denis Laming.


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#8  Postby Sayas-Irony » Jul 19, 2010 10:21 am

Dracena wrote:My fav. from the channel 4 series Grand Designs, the woodsmans cottage, for the fairy tale quality and eco credentials. Image
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Re: The Art Of Architecture.

#9  Postby redwhine » Aug 11, 2010 11:05 am

I've just been watching Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner.

I must confess :oops: I'd never heard of him, although I have been familiar with some of his work for some time. I thought this...

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...was just a film set, but it's an actual house; the Elrod House.

I'll certainly be taking an interest in him from now on.
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Re: The Art Of Architecture.

#10  Postby redwhine » Sep 12, 2010 9:52 am

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Re: The Art Of Architecture.

#11  Postby akigr8 » Sep 12, 2010 10:07 am

:lol: Nice pineapple..
...and a nice thread. :thumbup:

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#12  Postby james1v » Sep 12, 2010 10:08 am

Anyone got any shots of "architecturally beautiful" pubs? :think:



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Re: The Art Of Architecture.

#13  Postby redwhine » Sep 12, 2010 10:22 am

There's a brilliant new series, Climbing Great Buildings on The Beeb.I missed the first one (...I'll see if I can get it on iPlayer...) but the one on Lincoln Cathedral was amazing.

One of my favourite LPs from the '70s was Fantasia Lindum by Amazing Blondel. (Lindum being the old name for Lincoln.) It contains the track 'Celestial Light' which is dedicated to the cathedral...

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(They, like me, are a little older now! :confused: :lol: )

...and I've always had a soft spot for the cathedral.

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The next subject, Caernarfon Castle, should be interesting.
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#14  Postby redwhine » Sep 12, 2010 10:47 am

james1v wrote:Anyone got any shots of "architecturally beautiful" pubs? :think:



;)

Will this do?

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..or do you prefer your locals to be more local than Nottingham? :grin:

If so...
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(Sheffield town centre.)

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#15  Postby redwhine » Oct 17, 2010 7:28 am

A friend sent me a slide show of 'strange buildings', one of which was an upside down house in Poland...

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I invoked Google and found that it was one of many worldwide...

http://freshome.com/2009/09/11/crazy-upside-down-house-in-germany/

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No doubt she's about to complain that the...

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Re: The Art Of Architecture.

#16  Postby akigr8 » Oct 17, 2010 8:42 am

^ :lol:

And here are the dogs to go with the house; This cute dog, or maybe this one.

The grand piano building in Huinan, China.
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#17  Postby redwhine » Oct 17, 2010 9:13 am

I like the dogs. I thought you might have been going to post a pic. of the Bilbao Guggenheim dog...

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...until I clicked the links.
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#18  Postby akigr8 » Oct 17, 2010 9:27 am

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Nice doggie. :dopey:




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#19  Postby NineOneFour » Oct 17, 2010 10:43 am

More, please.

Wuhan Train Station, China

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Architecture Institute of Amsterdam

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The Dancing House in Prague

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Calatrava's Opera House on Tenerife

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Calatrava's Valencia Train Station

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Calatrava's Valencia Opera House

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Arche de la Defense

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#20  Postby akigr8 » Oct 29, 2010 5:55 pm

Hills of San Francisco. Glad I'm not riding my bike in that city. :dance:
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Oslo opera house.
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Shell house by Kotaro Ide. I want to live in that house! :mrgreen: More pictures in link
http://cubeme.com/blog/2010/10/28/shell ... otaro-ide/

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