Casa Milà

10 04 2008

Casa Milà is really extraordinary building. I see it as a big sponge like live organism. It has what we call biomorphic appearance. Designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and built in the years 1906–1910 (officially completed 1912).

The rippled stone façade, said to have been inspired by the mountain of Montserrat, curves around the street corner, while the cave-like balconies seem to flow into one another. The wrought-iron balconies were individually designed and crafted by Gaudi’s frequent collaborator, Josep Maria Jujol. The Casa Mila was Gaudi’s last secular commission, and his last work before devoting himself to his masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia church, which, along with the Park Guell, round out the three main Gaudi Works.

The Casa Mila Barcelona Spain is one of the craziest architectural products to come out of the crazy (and brilliant) head of Antoni Gaudi. The Casa Mila is hard to define: some say it resembles the honeycombed structure of a beehive; some say it resembles, in texture and design, a porous sand castle nearing collapse.Whatever Gaudi’s inspiration and intent, the world community recognized the Casa Mila’s pioneering design, and the sculpted apartment building became one of 812 UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Sites in 1984.


3D Street Art

9 04 2008

Most of them are works of Julian Beever.

He has made pavement dravings for over ten years,

and has worked all over the world.

Julian’s ‘trompe l’oeil’ (or ‘trick of the eye’) pavement art is amazing to see. The effect is so convincing people will swerve to avoid potholes he has drawn in the pavement.

But just how does he get this incredible effect?

“The secret is to set up a camera on a tripod and keep it in one spot and check every mark you make. It’s really just playing with perspective to make it appear different to what it really is.

Joan Miro

9 04 2008

One of my favourite artists

Joan Miró i Ferrà (April 20, 1893December 25, 1983) was a Catalan (Spanish) painter, sculptor, and ceramist born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain to the family of a goldsmith and watchmaker. His work has been interpreted as Surrealism, a sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike, and a manifestation of Catalan pride. In numerous interviews dating from the 1930s onwards, Miró expressed contempt for conventional painting methods and his desire to “kill”, “murder”, or “rape” them in favor of more contemporary means of expression.

Frank Lloyd Wright

8 04 2008

I would like to start my posting with the best architect in the world ever, in my humble opinion. Frank Lloyd Wright is an American architect , interior designer, writer, educator, and philosopher who lived from 1867 to 1959 Already well-known during his lifetime, Wright was recognized in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as “the greatest American architect of all time”

Wright would rarely credit any influences on his designs, but most architects, historians and scholars agree he had five major influences:
1. Luis Sullivan, whom he considered to be his ‘Lieber Meister’ (dear master),
2. Nature, particularly shapes/forms and colors/patterns of plant life,
3. Music (his favorite composer was Ludwig van Beethoven ),
4. Japan (as in art, prints, buildings),
5. Froebel Gifts

Wright practiced what is known as organic architecture , an architecture that evolves naturally out of the context, most importantly for him the relationship between the site and the building. Wright’s creations took his concern with organic architecture down to the smallest details.

His plans how organic city should look like, Broadacre city.

He conceived virtually every detail of both the external design and the internal fixtures, including furniture, carpets, windows, doors, tables and chairs, light fittings and decorative elements. He evolved a new concept of interior space in architecture. Rejecting the existing view of rooms as single-function boxes, Wright created overlapping and interpenetrating rooms with shared spaces.

Wright fully embraced glass in his designs and found that it fit well into his philosophy of organic architecture . Glass allowed for interaction and viewing of the outdoors while still protecting from the elements.

Frank Lloyd Wright was interested in site and community planning throughout his career. The philosophy behind his community planning was decentralization. The new development must be away from the cities. In this decentralized America, all services and facilities could coexist “factories side by side with farm and home.

One of the best known Frank Lloyd Wright creations, Fallingwater: