One of the most influential architects of the mid-20th century, Louis Kahn (1901-1974) realized relatively few buildings, yet the formal restraint and emotional expressiveness of his Jonas Salk Institute is regarded as an inspired progression from the International Style.
Salk, the developer of the polio vaccine, saw the world much as Kahn did, he felt that great thoughts would flow more freely from a monastic setting, perched high on a cliff above the Pacific Ocean, that allowed the thinkers to ponder the great questions of life in solitude.
Jonas Salk Institute, La Jolla, California, USA by Louis Kahn
This house is to be a part of, and vessel for, a large contemporary art collection. Great 20th century works by Bruce Nauman, Robert Ryman, Jeff Koons and Jannis Kounellis are part of the collection which includes important video artworks. Constructed of tilt-up concrete walls, the flat and rotated nature of the walls merges with the simple orthogonal requirements of the interiors for art. Shape extensions and light and air chimneys connected to cooling pools articulate the planar geometry.
Planar House, Arizona, United States, by Steven Holl
Peter Eisenman. (American, born 1932). Max Reinhardt Haus Project, Berlin, Germany, Scale model 1:100. 1992-93. Medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and Plexiglas.
Permanent Collection MoMA
A white forest in a grey field, Junya Ishigami’s university project space in the foothills west of Tokyo is a building designed to almost disappear.
“I wanted to make a space with very ambiguous borderlines, which has a fluctuation between local spaces and the overall space, rather than a universal space like that of Mies” says Ishigami. “This allows a new flexibility to emerge, revealing reality rather than shaping it.”
White Forest, by Junya Ishigami
Wakatipu Basin House, Central Otago, New Zealand for Fearon Hay
Flare turns the building facade into a penetrable kinetic membrane, breaking the convention of a buildings surface as a static skin. Computer controlled pneumatic cylinders allow for light and shadow plays across the surface.
Flare, by WHITEvoid, for Flare
Drew Mandel has used every inch of this site to create his ideal residence, gone is the garage and garden of the neigbouring property. The client, had obtained a minor variance allowing them to build to the very edge of the property line without the usual margin of grass or ground cover.
Slim House, by Drew Mandel Design
Beach house in the Laranjeiras condominium, São Paulo, Brazil, by Marcio Kogan
Mies van der Rohe’s famous Tugendhat House is the subject of a bitter custody battle. One of European modern architecture’s early classics, it was designed by Mies for an owner of a textile factory in Brno Czechoslovakia. It was also a project for which Mies designed every detail, from the doorknobs and light fixtures to the Tugendhat and Brno chairs, now classics of 20th-century design produced and sold by Knoll. The villa was seized from its Jewish owners Fritz and Greta Tugendhat by invading Germans in 1939, and was never returned to the family.
Tugendhat House, by Mies van der Rohe, 1929, Brno, Czech Republic.
Official Site: Tugendhat Villa
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