Category Archives: Observation

Monomateriality

Material purity is highly valued in contemporary architecture. The ideal that buildings should be materially consistent inside and out seems to be gaining a foothold in the architectural canon, if highly mediatized prizes like the Pritzker are any indication. RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta, the

Monomateriality

Material purity is highly valued in contemporary architecture. The ideal that buildings should be materially consistent inside and out seems to be gaining a foothold in the architectural canon, if highly mediatized prizes like the Pritzker are any indication. RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta, the

Experitecture

Empirical experimentation has always been intrinsic to architecture. Attempting to build something that has never been built before in terms of form, height, structural spans, new kinds of building methods and materials, or new ways of living is a basic human trait that has always involved learning through

Experitecture

Empirical experimentation has always been intrinsic to architecture. Attempting to build something that has never been built before in terms of form, height, structural spans, new kinds of building methods and materials, or new ways of living is a basic human trait that has always involved learning through

Vernacular Precedent?

When I first saw an image of De Rotterdam, by OMA, I knew I had seen something vaguely similar before somewhere; an older, more “anonymous” and “vernacular” precedent in a distant metropolis. I just couldn’t remember where, exactly. Then, lo and behold,

Vernacular Precedent?

When I first saw an image of De Rotterdam, by OMA, I knew I had seen something vaguely similar before somewhere; an older, more “anonymous” and “vernacular” precedent in a distant metropolis. I just couldn’t remember where, exactly. Then, lo and behold,

The Barcelona Pavilion as Cozy Christmas Home

Here’s yet another advertisement that features the Barcelona Pavilion. This one isn’t a print ad for a famous German brand of luxury automobiles, but a TV ad for a Dutch brand of  beer that has just come out for Christmas, even though it’s November

The Barcelona Pavilion as Cozy Christmas Home

Here’s yet another advertisement that features the Barcelona Pavilion. This one isn’t a print ad for a famous German brand of luxury automobiles, but a TV ad for a Dutch brand of  beer that has just come out for Christmas, even though it’s November

Building on top

Sometimes, the best option is one on top of the other. It might be because available space is too constricted, because an opportunity is too good to be wasted, or simply because it feels good, but lately we are seeing a number of buildings that have

Building on top

Sometimes, the best option is one on top of the other. It might be because available space is too constricted, because an opportunity is too good to be wasted, or simply because it feels good, but lately we are seeing a number of buildings that have

Everyday Camouflage in the Countryside

The building above looks like a military installation of some sort, right? After all, it’s got a camouflage pattern on the façade. But no, its roof would also be presumably camouflaged if it were a military installation, which, as the satellite

Everyday Camouflage in the Countryside

The building above looks like a military installation of some sort, right? After all, it’s got a camouflage pattern on the façade. But no, its roof would also be presumably camouflaged if it were a military installation, which, as the satellite

Dizzying Inequality

Ben Wheatley’s film High Rise, a multi-story about decadence and class war in a Brutalist housing estate in London, brought plenty of images to my mind when I saw it. The first was a tower built by Ábalos & Herreros in

Dizzying Inequality

Ben Wheatley’s film High Rise, a multi-story about decadence and class war in a Brutalist housing estate in London, brought plenty of images to my mind when I saw it. The first was a tower built by Ábalos & Herreros in