Thursday, September 10, 2009

Invite me in? Frank Gehry - Steven Holl - architecture that pulls and pushes.

When we first see a building for the first time at ground level (the only way most of us are able to) does it ask you inside to discover how the interior space is organized out of curiosity or seduction?
If you see a rendering or photo of architecture from a POV that you never can personally physically encounter does it interest you as sculpture?  An emotional pathway? In an age of Starchitects such as Frank Gehry,  Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid, Thom Mayne, Michael Graves, Steven Holl, Rem Koolhaas, and Norman Foster visualizing the proposals or finished projects, models etc. with areal views or computer animated fly-arounds is a wholly different experience. We see a dazzling photo beautifully composed with rich color and sensuous light that becomes an art piece in itself.
Are we having a separate experience?  Engaging the buildings real world - real time 'taint the same. 
It is all in the details of human flow.. A building in use with people interacting.. this is what the client pays for.. or do they?  Maybe the building is the building is the building..the trophy skin.

 Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain - Frank Gehry 
Artsy link to Gehry
                                                                                                photo by Roland Halbe

Kansas City, MO, United States, 1999-June 9, 2007
Explore the museum interior through the architects' web representation

How does the project enclose usable space and for what purpose?  How do you feel when you enter? When you leave? Do the details of the interior excite your senses and  move you past the expected?
  • Do the buildings waste structural resources by creating functionless forms.
  • Are the buildings designed accounting for the local climate?
  • Are the buildings a spectacle that overwhelm their intended use?
  • In the case of museums and arenas, do they relate to what they are intended for?
  • Do the buildings belong in their surroundings "organically"?
  • Are the buildings friendly towards disabled people. Are ramps eliminated to preserve the intended aesthetic of the architect?
 Tell me a story...!

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