Another month is coming to an end. I realized that I have been actively blogging recently with a record-breaking 22 blog posts in this month alone (including this one). Usually, I only did around 15 posts each month. It looks like I have many stuff to publish recently. My blog here is always updated to provide you with latest things I find interesting and worthy to be share here with my fellow readers. Now, I consider this post as a wrap up for the month, and I find that there isn’t anything else more interesting than a post on architecture.
Recently, I stumble across a book titled ”Twenty Buildings Every Architect Should Understand’ by Simon Unwin. I had a quick skim through the book. It explains on the ideas (concepts) and architectural principles behind the design of these 20 buildings (all small projects) that may be very helpful in case you are currently doing an architectural case study. I mean, it really explains in depth and detail, and I learnt quite a few important points from it. Out of the twenty buildings mentioned, I have studied or at least heard five of the buildings. They are also the most interesting. They are:
I myself have previously did a detailed case study on this project for my architecture degree but this book actually tells me more behind its design and planning that I have previously never heard of.
It is a rebuilt German Pavilion for the 1929 International Exposition at Barcelona, designed by Mies van der Rohe. A pioneer example of modern architecture with minimalist approach. Simple form but consists of many materials for different depth and layers. An open and fluid plan from play of planes.
A one-room weekend retreat at southwest of Chicago, designed also by Mies van der Rohe. Widely recognized as masterpiece of international style of architecture. Bringing inside outside and the other way round. Open plan with all spaces flanked by glass for openness except for the bathroom in the middle.
Actually known as Kaufmann Residence. Located at southwestern Pennsylvania and is designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. A very iconic house that sits harmoniously with its surrounding greenery and water elements. It is considered one of the best all-time piece of American architecture.
A modernist villa in the outskirt of Paris, and is designed by Le Corbusier. A manifesto of Le Corbusier’s “five points” of new architecture, the villa is representative of the bases of modern architecture, and is one of the most easily recognizable and renowned examples of the International style. The five points are: support of pilotis elevating building from earth, functional roof for garden and terrace, free floor plans relieved of load-bearing walls, long horizontal windows for natural lighting and ventilation, and freely-designed facades unconstrained by load-bearing considerations.
Thermal Baths, Vals
It is a spa in Switzerland designed by Peter Zumthor. The brilliant use of materials and lighting creates a comfortable and a poetic experience in the building. The design characterizes the European practice of exploring the juxtaposition of modern architecture, nature, and centuries-old traditional designs.
The other 15 buildings listed in the book are:
- La Casa Del Ojo De Agua
- Neuendorf House
- Truss Wall House
- Endless House
- La Congiunta
- Le Cabanon
- Esherick House
- Maison A Bordeaux
- Il Danteum
- Kempsey Guest Studio
- Condominium One, The Sea Ranch
- Villa E.1027
- Church of St. Peter, Klippan
- Villa Busk
- Villa Mairea
(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)