Coffee With an Architect
Great Architecture Speaks to Us
And sometimes it doesn't take itself so seriously. If structure ever met vocal — and had a sense of humor — these might be the results
Great architecture has meaning. And when designed well, buildings can speak to us. But what are they trying to say?
Let's find out, shall we?
Let's find out, shall we?
I'm not sure why Frank Lloyd Wright made his entrances so indirect. It's like some kind of modernist exercise program. You see your destination up there somewhere. Ah, but first, let's just walk down the block a bit and enjoy the view on the way. I bet Frank was very fit.
Let's just put the house on top of the stream. What could go wrong?
The Fountainhead must have been based on Frank Lloyd Wright, right? I mean, have you ever seen him and Gregory Peck in the same place at the same time? Exactly. I rest my case.
Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto's work was a direct response to his environment. His was a vernacular expression of his own unique culture and heritage. Unfortunately, he lived in Finland.
I'm pretty sure this is what Le Corbusier meant in his five points of architecture:
You should imagine this being spoken in a thick German accent. I visited here a few years ago, and they do make you take your shoes off before you enter the house. Plus, they provide you with a wicker basket full of neatly folded socks to choose from. These socks are available only in white or black. When you leave the house, you put the used socks into a stainless steel hamper that is labeled "dirty socks." The font on the label is Helvetica. Mies would be very proud.
Vanderbilt was so gangsta.
Apparently, this is Jacobean-style architecture, which I just learned by Googling "Downton Abbey." I assume these estates have both an upstairs and a downstairs. High tea with Maggie Smith will take place in the study promptly at 4:00. You should wear something formal.
Sadly, Thomas, all houses are not created equal.
Greek temples inspired Roman bathhouses inspired Palladian villas inspired neoclassical cathedrals inspired Jeffersonian campuses inspired "drive-thru" branch banks inspired suburban McMansions everywhere.
Sometimes evolution is cruel.
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