Kevin McCloud meets newTate Britain - Part 3: Transformed
ok, what do the following things have in common?
- the beatles
- water slides
- frank gehry’s disney concert hall
well, from my perspective, they’re all so great that they generally don’t need random bloggers such as myself to draw attention to them.
but every now and then it’s worth taking a minute to acknowledge things that are big and great and self-evidently big and great. like, for example, gehry’s disney concert hall.
i mean, i don’t know if this would be considered hyperbole, but i think it’s one of the greatest buildings conceived of/designed/built in the last 100 years. i know, that’s saying something. well, to be clear, it’s saying that gehry’s disney concert hall is amazing. which it is.
for some reason it always reminds me of eero saarinen’s arch in that the scale of it is so much greater than you would imagine it to be, it employs super heavy materials in a very effortless and delicate way, and it doesn’t exactly look like something that would’ve been designed and built by humans.
if you resist the hyperbole that this is one of the greatest buildings in the world i would disagree with you but probably acknowledge your opinion. but if you tried to say that it’s not one of (if not the) greatest buildings in l.a then we would probably have to battle with chinese throwing stars.
of course i’m not the first (or even among the first million) people to sing the praises of this building. that’s why i’m hesitant to sing it’s praises, as it’s kind of akin to writing about the merits of ‘let it be’. and even if you find the gehry concert hall to be too random or odd you have to, at the very least, admire it’s inventiveness and utter uniqueness. well, insofar as you can qualify ‘uniqueness’. i mean, if something’s unique then it can’t be ‘very’ unique or ‘utterly’ unique, right?
in any case, i love this building and i maintain subjectively that it’s one of the greatest buildings in the world. there. gauntlet thrown. because it’s an amazing building. and, plus, you might not know (even most angelenos don’t) that there’s a cute little shady park behind the concert hall.
there, grand space alien architecture and even a shady place to eat your sandwich.
La Fábrica - Ricardo Bofill
Eight silos remained, which became offices, a models laboratory, archives, a library, a projections room and a gigantic space known as “The Cathedral”, used for exhibitions, concerts and a whole range of cultural functions linked to the professional activities of the architect. The renovation project incorporated various architectural languages; Catalan Civic Gothic style and surrealist elements paying homage to the building’s industrial past, cohabit with high-tech furniture within comfortable lofty spaces.
Endémico Resguardo Silvestre, Baja California
by Gracia Studio, San Diego, CA
Scattered along the sloping terrain of Valle de Guadalupe in Mexico, Endémico Resguardo Silvestre is a cluster of twenty hotel rooms. Positioned within a 40 acre vineyard, each ecoloft has panoramic vistas overlooking the scenic valley below. Placed upon steel stilts, the 20 square metre cubes hover above the rocky ground, minimally interfering with the savannah continuing underneath.