10/30/09

ING Amsterdamse Poort, Amsterdam Netherlands


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Alberts and Van Huut designed these ING buildings in Amsterdam for ING Bank. This one opened in 1987 and works together with a large shopping area for the city. A series of ten oddly-shaped buildings wind in an S-shape, with a continuous circulation running through them. This openes up exterior courtyards and views.

The erratic planes and carefully placed openings magnify the power of connecting views in this building and out. The light and natural-looking materials also work well in this regard for the display of native art.

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10/27/09

Lingotto Factory Fiat, Turin Italy


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Renzo Piano transformed the historic Lingotto building into a mixed-used complex of hotels, concert halls, cinema, shops, and businesses. Mattè Trucco designed the automobile factory 1923 with its distinctive racetrack on the rooftop.

Modernist Le Corbusier praised the innovative design as the largest and most respected plant of its day. Fiat closed the factory, but Lingotto moved to solidify it as a cultural masterpiece. It opened in 1989.

The cantilevered Scrigno, the 16,000 piece translucent roof, and other utilitarian factory wonders retain the hard quality in a place of labor, but now serve as a picture gallery.

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Dominus Winery, Yountville California


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Herzog and de Meuron designed the Dominus Winery in Yountville, Napa Valley California. It was completed in 1997.

De Meuron employs a technique used for retaining structures on highways, steel cages called gabions containing locally produced rocks. Used as the structure for the building itself, the basalt rocks mitigate temperatures, and allows sunlight and air penetration. Larger rocks near the top allow more sunlight while smaller rocks at the bottom block almost all light and air.

The form sits down comfortably on the horizon line, blending into the landscape. Only shadows really stand out. The simple rectangle shape has a frame cut out to indicate the entrance. Napa Valley's typical Italian-villa style winery competes with the beauty of the landscape, but the Dominus Winery allows itself to be a simple augmentation of the scenery. Strips of windows are carefully placed for views out from important public functions.

The long rectangular motif fits well in the lines of grapevines. Yet it is more earthly and permanent, a great statement for any winery.

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10/26/09

National Library of the Argentine Republic, Buenos Aires Argentina


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This modern building for the Biblioteca Nacional de la república de Argentina Clorindo Testa, Francisco Bullrich, and Alicia Cazzaniga. The brutalist structure reflects the coups and struggles for democracy in which the libary played such a significant role. Though it was designed in 1961, it was not completed until 1992.

As a symbol for industry and new technology, this building establishes clearly defined spaces with an outside public plaza and entrance on the ground floor. It also searches for a heart of the inconsistent country; the library itself dates back to 1810. The structure is lifted by 4 concrete cores, each with 13 piles.
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10/24/09

Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland California


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Skidmore, Owings and Merrill designed the Cathedral of Light, which opened in 2008.

A symbol of spiritual and civic renewal in the troubled city Oakland, the building seeks a sense of permanency with a stone foundation and inclusiveness with soaring curved glass. In the heart of downtown, the evocative form gives a very transparent connection of inside and outside, inviting people inside. The use of wood for structure gives a humble tone, something which is sorely needed in this sometimes offish building.

The concrete blocks and gridded glass certainly fits into the context, but curved with a dynamism that sucks you inside. The large font is an interesting element, perhaps connecting the experience back to nearby Lake Merritt. Sustainability was key throughout this design.

Natural daylight was carefully crafted through the windows to provide special artistic elements, such as the Omega Window. The structure is also supposedly beefed up. The last cathedral was unusable after the 1989 earthquake.

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Schlossberg, Graz Austria


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Der Grazer Schloßberg castle in Graz Austria was built in the 10th century atop a fortified hill in the center of the city. Napoleonic forces destroyed whatever wasn't paid for by the town's citizens.

Baron Ludwig von Welden converted the site into a park in 1839, which now has a clock tower, cafes, a hilltop restaurant, the Turkish Well, and lavish gardens. Like many of Germany's large castles, it is a place of tourism and concerts. A railway and a funicular elevator now lifts people to the top.

Tunnels were dug during World War 2 to protect the people from air raids. The modernist icon Mur Island stands just below this ancient edifice.

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