Friday, May 27, 2011

Frank Gehry-The choreography of architecture

 by architect Vangelis Saitis

Frank Gehry
photo by ©Thomas Mayer
Undisputed superstar of modern architecture, the F. Gehry designs quirky and unusual daring buildings soon become tourist attractions. A typical example is the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain thwarts any conventional understanding of the shape of a building. Looking like a giant, expressionist, modern sculpture has a curved, titanium metal blocks that seem to move defying the laws of static and gravity. The subversive design can be understood and interpreted by the criteria of modern architecture. Indeed it seems that shatters the principles of modernism, as the interaction of form and function (form follows function), the emphasis on removal (less is more) and the belief in universal values.
An office building designed in Prague became known to the public under the name "Fred & Ginger" and like to dance like the famous Hollywood couple. The Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles is a combination of curved shapes that provide a sense of tension and movement. An office complex in D├╝sseldorf, Germany exudes also an uncomfortable sense of tension and the carved blocks of buildings seem to twist, bend to be compressed or repelled by invisible forces.
 Frank Gehry was born in 1929 in Toronto, Canada. His real name is Ephrain Owen Goldberg, that changed when he moved with his family in Los Angeles. He studied architecture at the University of South California and did graduate at Harvard. In the late 1960's showed a keen interest in modern sculpture, an attempt to unite art and architecture. For this purpose, worked closely with artists such as Claes Oldenburg and Richard Serra. The architecture of an acquired research, incorporating fragmentary experimental data using the method of collage. Extensively used industrial materials like galvanized, corrugated sheet metal, wire, particle board, etc. thus giving the buildings an image unstable, incomplete and improvised.
In early 1970, Gehry has developed an odd obsession for a pattern which took a central place in his artistic pursuits. This one; fish! In an ironic mood stated that instead of columns, capitals and pediments of classicism, rather inspired by the fish, one of the oldest life forms on earth. Studying and designing the ongoing movement and developed a form of abstract morphological vocabulary. His experiments led him Gehry in a style called Deconstruction, ie "deconstruction." This method encompasses the "deconstruction" of a building into separate components, which are then synthesized together like a puzzle or a collage.
The composition creates an unstable, chaotic set that conveys an intensity and a dynamic motion. Because of the curved shapes, Gehry's buildings refer to organic architecture without, however, to follow the overall logic and concept design. The designs using three-dimensional models. The plans made by computer modeling a complex, metallic, static entity. Projects few decades ago it seemed utopian and impractical remained on paper, can now be achieved thanks to the technological capabilities of the season. Something is clearly demonstrated in ingenious, peculiar, unpredictable and inventive architecture of Frank Gehry.

Frank Gehry's Dancing House

With a vision of creating an iconic building in Prague , ING contracted Frank Gehry for this forward-looking architectural project, giving him an almost unlimited budget and artistic freedom. The construction for the Dancing House began in 1994 and finished in 1996. The house has also been nicknamed the Fred and Ginger for its vague resemblance to the two dancers or the Drunken House for its twisted and unruly shape. The roof is host to a French restaurant with magnificent views over the Vltava . Located on Resslova Street, it is a short distance from the metro station Karlovo namesti.

The Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a museum of modern and contemporary art designed by  Frank Gehry, built by Ferrovial and located in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain. 

It is built alongside the Nervion River, which runs through the city of Bilbao to the Atlantic Coast. The Guggenheim is one of several museums belonging to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. The museum features permanent and visiting exhibits of works by Spanish and international artists

The Paris Exposition 1900- Fotofacade architectural photography

Submitted by Andy Marshall on November 14, 2008 in

Every now and again as a photographer I come across a set of images which raise the hairs on the back of my neck. One such set has been made available via the flickr Commons project, which is a growing hub for the worldÔÇÖs public photo collections.
It is still in its infancy, but take your time to peruse through collections which include the Library of Congress, the Imperial War Museum and the National Media Museum, and you are bound to come across some real iconic images which have real cultural significance (Image above is the Salle des Fetes at the 1900 Paris Exposition).
One such group which sets my architectural taste buds alight, is the Brooklyn MuseumÔÇÖs collection on the Paris Expo of 1900. James Henry Goodyear visited the Expo with photographer Joseph Hawkes. The combination of Hawkes ethereal photography and GoodyearÔÇÖs background in architecture has ensured that a collection exists that makes the fin-de-siecle period of Europe feel really tangible.
The exhibition had over 50 million visitors and was the showcase for new buildings such as the Gare du Lyon, the Gare dÔÇÖOrsay and the Grand Palais. The Metro was also built to coincide with the exhibition. The emphasis was on innovation and the new age. Here we had moving escalators, talking films and electric lights.
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