From Brittany Mauriss on November 13, 2009 in CalFinder News
For a guy who started out as a truck driver in Los Angeles, Architect Frank Gehry has continued to drive. But instead of trucks, its the deconstructivism bus he steers in new directions, redefining modern architecture. Gehry’s curved windows in buildings like New York’s IAC building are what help to make him stand out amongst these famous architects.
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Downtown Los Angeles
Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain
The Vitra Design Museum in Germany is an all-white labyrinth of sharp angles and free-flowing curves. One element that makes this building so striking is the minimalist use of windows. What few windows there are have been placed high on the structure, bringing the complex architectural shapes to the immediate foreground.
Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959)
Good old Frankie himself
You may recognize Frank Lloyd Wrights Ennis House from a number of movies that have featured the unusual Mayan-inspired design. From Deckards apartment in Ridley Scotts Blade Runnerto The Replacement Killers and even Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this registered California State Landmark high in the hills of Los Angeles provides the visual backdrop to their stories. The stunning lead-etched and beveled-glass cathedral window is just one of dozens of amazing custom Wright windows in the Ennis House, which by the way, Christis has on the market for $30 million. Thats $15 million for the home and $15 million for the renovation, in case youre interested.
Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926)
The belittling term gaudy, which is defined as garish, flashy or extravagant, is actually rooted in the surname of the famous Spanish architect, Antonio Gaudi. A more accurate definition of his work should be magical, organic and visionary. From his still unfinished masterwork, Sagrada Familia, to the extraordinary Park Güell, Gaudis work continues to draw tourists from all over the world to Barcelona to revel in the shadows of some of the most beautiful architecture ever created by man.
The Sagrada Familia was Gaudis most ambitious project. He began the project in 1883, but left it unfinished when he died in 1926.
The famous Casa Batlló, which literally translates to House of Bones, is highlighted by distinct, oval-shaped windows and an almost skeletal design. The façade is decorated with broken tiles, creating a dazzling mosaic and a roof fashioned after the spine of a medieval dragon.
Park Güell, Barcelona
Irish architect Kevin Roche has designed or collaborated on some of the most recognized buildings in the world, including the United Nations Plaza in New York, The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Singapore and even the Securities and Exchange Commission Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The common denominator in these structures, as well as the majority of Roches designs, is simply Glass, Glorious Glass! New York Times architecture critic Paul Goldberger once called Roche “one of the most creative designers in glass that the 20th century has produced. And at the age of 87, Roche continues to push the glass envelope with his latest project, the new National Conference Centre in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland, set to open in 2010.
Pyramids, Indianapolis, 1972
The National Conference Center on the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland
From tea kettles for Target to the Dolphin and Swan Resorts at Disney World in Orlando, Architect Michael Graves work continues to influence and inspire, even after a life-threatening illness a few years ago confined him to a wheelchair. Graves avoids the trendy Window-Walls and prefers windows that are distinct elements reflecting the size of the human form and framing the divergence between inside and outside.
425 Fifth Avenue is a mixed residential skyscraper in NYC. Towering at 617 feet, the building has 54 stories and 197 units.
The St. Coletta School of Greater Washington serves children with severe and multiple disabilities.
Le Corbusier (1887-1965)
In 1920, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris adopted the moniker Le Corbusier, which loosely translates to,”the crow-like one.” He was one of the founders of the Purist movement, which was a reaction to the Cubist and Surrealist movements of the 1920s movements that were all the rage at the time. His vast talents also included painting, urban planning, sculpting, writing and modern furniture design.
As with most of his Purist theories, Le Corbusier had a very pure philosophy when it came to windows. In his book, Towards a New Architecture, he put it in simple terms: Windows serve to admit a little light, a little much or not at all, and to see outside. This is reflected in the small, selective windows in his now-famous Ronchamp Chapel, Located on a high plateau in the Vosges, above Belfort, northern France.
The Ronchamp Chapel