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Where all things beautiful collide

In my second installment of the Masters of Architecture series, I focused on two architects, well three technically since Herzog de Mueron is a partnership.  Herzog de Mueron is busy creating great works of architecture throughout the world.  From “The Bird’s Nest” in Bejing, to museum additions in Europe, to multiple projects in New York City.  I am obsessed with their creativity and applaud their contribution to modern architecture.  Frank Gehry has been contributing even longer.  From his addition to the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Guggenheim in NYC, to his own original design for the Bilbao annex, to the stunning Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A., Gehry keeps on making jaws drop by sticking to a clear point of view of organic shapes, gleaming metal, and function and form marrying harmoniously.

The Bird's Nest

 Designed for the 2008 Olympics in Bejing, China,  Herzog de Mueron were inspired by nature for their stadium design.  The red interior references the great nation of China itself.  Seeing this structure is what opened my eyes to their other great work.

building by Herzog de Mueron

 Rising high above Tribeca in New York City is a 50+ story residential tower by Herzog de Mueron.  I believe this to be a shining example of architecture as art.  I would be very happy to live here!

building detail

 What some critics have called a game of Jenga in architecural form, to me seems to be a brilliant use of engineering.

sculpture by Anish Kapoor

 For the corner of the Tribeca tower, Herzog de Mueron partnered with Anish Kapoor for a sculpture that has a completely different reference to shape than the cubic building that it appears to be supporting.

residential building by Herzog de Mueron

 An apartment building slated for New York City plays nicely with original buildings on either side.  I believe in preserving the past, but when it comes to new construction we should not try and copy historical design, but focus on modern architecture and find inspiration in the past.  We are in the 21st century after all!

museum by Herzog de Mueron

 For a museum addition in Spain, Herzog de Mueron added a structure of aged metal to the top of the historic stone building below.  The green of the vertical garden next to it is a fantastic contrast of harsh architecture with the natural.  I absolutely love vertical gardens and wish they were found more on the sides of buildings that lack interest, not to mention they are great for the environment.

Tate Modern extension

 The original design by Herzog de Mueron for the Tate Modern extension in London speaks to their love of the linear and stacked and floating shapes.

Tate Modern extension

 Herzog de Mueron went back to the drawing board to revise the original design to this new, equally intriguing one.  The almost pyramid-like shape of the original is maintained.

IAC building by Frank Gehry

 Like an iceberg rising above the city, the IAC building presented a new challenge for Frank Gehry.  Not having designed a building out of so much glass, the challenge was how to execute his organically shaped design out of a material not typically as pliable as the aluminum and other metals he loves.  Custom panels were created with a frosting of sorts applied for in between floors.  At night with the lights on, it glows beautifully.

Walt Disney Concert Hall by Frank Gehry

 Known for his curvaceous use of metals, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles is no exception.  Function meets sculpture in all that Gehry does.

cuff by Kara Ross

Architecture is found in more than the buildings that we live in and that surround us.  We can all partake of a little slice of architecture in the jewelry we wear, the furniture we sit on and even the cars we drive.  This silver cuff by Kara Ross has the same strong lines as any Daniel Liebeskind building which I featured in Masters of Architecture.


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