The Funambulist

photograph by Baobee I was recently writing about Jorge Luis Borges as director of the National Library of the Argentine Republic (see previous post); here is the current building that hosts...

Shanghai’s 1933 Slaughterhouse has now been reconverted into an Art Center. The intermediary area between the peripheral building and the central cupola is composed by a multitude of beautiful massive concrete...

After Barcelona, here I am, one day in Roma which apparently has some new surprises every time I visit it. La Fontana di Trevi by Nicola Salvi, despite a noisy popularity...

Last Tuesday, I re-visited Barcelone’s Sagrada Familia. The six years since my first visit there made me forget how absolutely amazing this building is from the inside. Each pillar is a...

This beautiful Prairie House was created by a Bruce Goff‘s (see previous post) protege, Herb Greene in 1960. Built in a Oklahoma prairie, this architecture appears as a manifest for the...

Recently Core.form.ula published a small article about the famous former Ministry of Transportation in Tbilisi (Georgia). Designed in the 70’s this building is a good example of the sequel of Soviet...

Although Bruce Goff (1904-1982) is very famous in the Chicagoan architecture milieu, he is not so well known (I think) outside of the United States. His Bavinger House (1955) in Norman...

Architecture is the physical form which envelops human lives in all the complexity of their relations with their environment. Jean Renaudie, 1968 In my opinion, Jean Renaudie is one of the...

I happened to see some pictures (via Archdaily) from various pavilions’ construction yesterday for Shanghai Expo 2010 and it made me recall when World Expos were actually synonym with architectural experiments...

There is an architectural invention I believe James Wines (SITE) created that fascinates me. It consists in designing architecture as it is expected to be, yet this paradigm is being frozen,...

I’d like to think that I was not the only one who did not know about this Synagogue designed by Frank Lloyd Wright before I did visit it. Commissioned by the...

Décio Tozzi has always worked in Sao Paulo and still is. His work from the 60’s, the 70’s and the 80’s is striking by the love expressed for the craft work...

Looking for drawings of the incredible Claude Parent, I found an ad for one of his house , known as Maison Bordeaux le Pecq,in Bois-le Roy, that is for sale.

Here is Salvador Dali’s Pavilion for the New York World Fair of 1939. It is officially called Dream of Venus but Dali calls it Twenty thousand legs under the see in...

The Hofatelier Elvira by August Endell in 1898 is a German version of Art Nouveau. It was a photography studio founded by Anita Augspurg and Sophia Goudstikker and was the first...

Last but not least, here is the Panjab and Harraynah Assembly which host the two regional parliaments (Chandigarh is the only Indian city being capital of two provinces). Inside is accessible...

Second Corbu’s Capitole complex building in Chandigarh is the High Court which includes a beautiful ramp giving an access to the different building’s storey. Use of color here is quite daring...

Chandigarh’s Secretariat is one of the three administrative buildings Le Corbusier designed in the 50’s for Penjab and Harraynah provinces’ Capitole. Despite its massive and austere aspect, the roof is amusing...

Few people might know that but Ahmedabad hosts a Geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller and which has been collapsing since then. Ruins are nevertheless still use and represent an interesting...

Indian Institute of Management designed by Louis Kahn in 1963. To see more, and it may sounds cliche but watch the very good movie My Architect by Nathanel Kahn.

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