Saturday, May 7, 2011

R.Lenig Discussions of Architecture

The building I chose for the discussion of Frank Gehry is the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. I originally chose this because I liked the idea of a titanium, glass, and limestone building, but after seeing it I chose it because it also looks very good. Gehry was quoted as saying “the randomness of the curves are designed to catch the light” when questioned about the disorganization in the building’s curvature. The building has been hailed a monument of the Deconstructivism craze of architecture, which revolved around the idea of irregular designs exemplifying a broken, fragmented nature. This could have been his inspiration, but is unlikely as he was a man who cared not for grand, mass explored design movements. Another appealing aspect of the museum is that from the riverfront, the building looks like a large artistic piece, but from street level it looks unobtrusive and does not clash with the surrounding structures.

The building I chose for the discussion of Frank Lloyd Wright was the Robie House. I chose this one specifically because I love the layered look that the structure has, and it looks like a building I’d really enjoy living in. This building is a U.S. Historic Landmark in Chicago. This building is a prime example of the style called ‘Prairie Style,’ which is claimed to be the first American design movement. It is claimed as such because the design is based strongly off of the land and scenery around the location of the build site, which could also have been a major playing piece in Frank Lloyd Wright’s inspiration to build the house in such a way. Wright wrote in regard to the house, “it is quite impossible to consider the building one thing and its furnishings another. They are all mere structural details of its character and completeness.” Signifying his desire for complete unison of all pieces involved in building the house.

Nick Veres Architecture Discussion

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater
Fallingwater is a home located in Bear Run, Pennsylvania.  It was built between 1936 and 1939, for the Kaufmann family.  This home later became so famous do to the fact that it is literally placed over a 30’ waterfall.  The Kauffmann’s had a summer camp located in Bear Run, Pa, but do to economic downturn during the great depression they had to shut down the camp. The Kauffmann’s loved the area so much that they decided to build a home within the mountains to make for a permanent country estate.
I chose this piece of architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright because it is a very famous piece of American architectural history, and is located in Pennsylvania.  So that in its self speaks to me.
I realize it is a popular building to choose for discussion, but I truly love the aesthetics of this piece of architecture. What I like most about it is the way Frank Lloyd Wright was able to make the building blend in with the waterfall and the surrounding wooded area.  The fact that the home is placed over a waterfall, is pretty amazing on its own.
When I look at fallingwater I see another piece of natural stone imbedded in the woods. The placement of the building truly allows it to look as if it belongs there. It seems as though it was carved out of existing rock. A very beautiful piece of architecture to say the least.
Frank Lloyd Wright truly had a great eye for design.  Fallingwater is a great example of this.  Fallingwater is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most well-known architectures and one that is still very famous today.

Frank Gehry’s The Raisin Building
The Raisin Building Also known as the Dancing Building is located in Prague, within the Czech Republic. Construction on this beautiful piece of architecture started in 1994, and was completed in 1996. Financial backing was made possible through the ING bank. Therefore, Gehry, had an almost endless budget to work with. Although, with it’s unusual design the Dancing House did cause public debate for quite some time.
The Dancing House’s architectural style is known as deconstructivist architecture. The Dancing house is meant to resemble a man a woman dancing. To be more specific (Ginger Roberts and Fred Astair).
This Building speaks to me aesthetically because I can actually see the true fundamental meaning behind these buildings. I can see the building on the left being the woman. This building has many curves and a very pleasing organic look about it.  Its exterior is very streamline and sleek looking.  Its curves and very sheik look  help one realize that it could resemble a woman, in a very clean form fitting dress that accents her female figure.
As for the other side of the building it is a bit more stiff and rigid. Its exterior is not as smooth.  I can see this as being the more rugged features of the male. It is almost the opposite of the other building, much like men and woman in general.
Overall I love the two buildings and how they resemble two things but meld as one. I think the architectural ideas behind this are very creative and innovative.

R.Lenig Architecture Project

The building I chose was the currently in-design Singapore Scotts Tower by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, and is the first structure that the OMA will make in Singapore. The tower is a 36-story, 153 meters tall, residential complex. The design was made by Ole Schreenen who partnered with OMA on this project, as the company does designing through Partnerships rather than to use an internal team of designers. The tower will have 68 apartment units, each with a panoramic view. There are four separate apartment towers, each suspended from the central core tower, and each tower’s skyline is designed to be the most attractive view for each respective apartment tower. Because all of the apartment towers are elevated to the central core, there is a large area beneath for relaxation activities and gatherings, due to the minimal space being taken up. The space beneath is deemed a tropical landscape due to the trees and scenery placed around the lower area.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright – Fallingwater – Bear Run, PA

The residential masterpiece was designed for the Kaufmann family in 1936 and was completed just a year later. It was a clear expression of how man can live in  harmony with nature. It is built inside a 5,000 acre natural wilderness using local sandstone, concrete, steel, and glass.

I chose this building because of how in touch with nature it is. It truly is gorgeous and awe inspiring, especially for that period of time. Frank Lloyd Wright was definitely ahead of the game. His inspiration was the backdrop and how nature created these shelf-like images in the rocks and how the water flowed down them. And that’s exactly what he made the building look like when he constructed his vision in to this magnificent work of art.

Kelly Raines_Architecture Discussions

I chose Las Vegas’ The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health by Frank Gehry. I picked this building because the design is so different, and it’s amazing how he can get a building that typically is made up of straight lines to look so curvilinear. The way the shadows and sunlight play off of the titanium made building makes it stand out even more and gives the building a very distinct look. The Ruvo Center is located about a mile north of the casinos lining the Las Vegas Strip. The building officially opened on May 22, 2010. The Ruvo Center’s mission is dedicated to research on and the treatment of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's and other neurological diseases. Gehry embraced this project after creating a strong rapport with Larry Ruvo, a liquor distributor who wanted to open a neurological research facility after watching his father struggle with Alzheimer’s. I think Gehry used the Vegas lifestyle and the purpose of the Ruvo Center as his inspiration for his design. The structure stands out and is bold and flashy, like the Las Vegas lifestyle. The structure is also curvilinear and complex looking, much like the human brain, and the many windows could signify looking into the human mind.

I chose Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fawcett House, located on an 80 acre farmland in Los Banos, California. The building was started in 1955 and completed in 1961, two years after he died. The Fawcett House is a historic ranch style home designed in the shape of a shallow “U” with the side wings of the house branching out at 120-degree angles. I chose this building because I like the openness of the building. The large windows allow a lot of sunlight into the building and you can get the feeling of being outside while remaining inside. I also like the roof structure at the one corner of the house; it’s pointed and stands out from the building. I think the outdoor s was Frank Lloyd Wright’s inspiration. I think he wanted to be able to see outside and enjoy nature and bring some of that inside the building. The mahogany wood windows, doors, trims, walls, and interior cabinetry used for this building also plays into that nature based feel. The location and building coincide nicely together and creates this scene of serenity and beauty.

Carbonaro-Frank Lloyd Wright

I guess for being such an old timer, his architecture really looked like something from the future. He was clearly ahead of his time. With that being said, I really enjoy his Fallingwater country house. Mainly because it is what I picture being my ultimate dream house. It looks like a scene straight out of a natural landscape. A futuristic type building perfectly nestled on a natural hillside with water flowing beautifully. There is no doubt in my mind that he was totally inspired by nature when he designed this house. Perhaps he was taking a stroll through the woods and decided it was time to construct something that fit in with nature.