House in Minami-Boso, Chiba, Japan by Kiyonobu Nakagame & Associates
A defining structure of 20th-century modern architecture, this is one of the masterpieces of the world-reknowned architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Designed to house Illinois Institute of Technology’s departments of architecture, planning, and design, the building’s dramatic, structurally-expressive form resulted from the need to create an open interior space that could be flexibly adapted for changing needs and uses. Instead of interior columns, the roof is hung from exposed steel trusses bridging the depth of the building.
Designed in the early 1950′s and finished construction in 1956. Described by Time Magazine as “the world’s most influential, inspiring and astonishing structures” Crown Hall is a breathtaking, free space; intimidating with its jet black, sharp lines, while entirely inviting and open with its gigantic windows.
I had spent my first 2 Years at the Institute of Design in the basement of this building and what struck me at the time was the perfect proportion of each and every window. The building leaked when it rained, and the students did everything to block out the dazzling light so they could work. The vast open air space and the freestanding wood paneled core set the personality for the interior.
Crown Hall, by Mies van der Rohe
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Tadao Ando. (Japanese, born 1941). Church of the Light, Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan. 1984-89. Wood.
Permanent Collection MoMA
Madrid’s latest art museum, the CaixaForum, has opened in the heart of the city’s cultural district near the Prado, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museums. Designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, the museum is housed in a converted 1899 power station. The building — one of the city’s few remaining examples of historically significant industrial architecture — was acquired by the foundation in 2001.
CaixaForum, by Herzog & de Meuron
Construction has begun in New York City on Jean Nouvel’s latest glass and steel landmark, a direct material and conceptual descendant of his Paris tour de force, the Arab World Institute. 100 11th will be a 23-story tower described by its architect as “a vision machine” at the intersection of 19th Street and the West Side Highway, along the Hudson River in Manhattan.
100 11th Building, New York, USA, by Ateliers Jean Nouvel.
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Fumihiko Maki. (Japanese, born 1928). Golgi Structures, project. 1967. Plexiglass and acrylic.
Permanent Collection MoMA
New hotels in Japan are meeting the demanding expectations of the modern traveller by taking a cue from the country’s traditional ‘ryokan’ or traditional inn. Architects and designers have to incorporate modern comforts into the existing structures of Japanese-style accommodation. Ginzan Onsen Fujiya Hotel is perhaps one of the finest examples of combining old and new Japan.
Ginzan Onsen Fujiya, Yamagata, Japan, by Kengo Kuma & Associates