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Experienced Space

“It has the monopoly on space. Architecture alone of the Arts can give space its full value.” (Geoffrey Scott) I couldn’t have chosen a better phrase to represent my vocation for this profession. SPACE is able to evoke the most profound feelings, make any human being feel small, and express…

“Millau Viaduct”, by Sir Norman Foster

When we talk about grand-scale projects and great architects, we tend to focus first on a magnificent building or an important public complex. Here, we will look at one of the most globally influential and current architects, Sir Norman Foster, and one of his most iconic projects outside his usual…

Human Proportions, Compared To Nature

Seems surprising that man, who inhabits nature, waited until the 15th Century to undertake profound studies into the proportions of man with regard to the world which surrounds us. There was of course curiosity in the past, but the subject was not explored fully until the Cinquecento. The erudites who…

“Los Clubes” – San Cristobál Stables And The Fountain Of Lovers 1964, by Luis Barragan

Good architecture is ageless. At 62, Mexican architect Luis Barragán designed one of his most iconic projects: the “Fountain of Lovers”, located in Los Clubes, in Atizapán, Mexico. This creation, part of a larger project which also includes the San Cristobál Stables and Egerstrom House, was designed by the architect…

Argument no. 1: Layout Vs Space, by Oskar Mielczarek

It is very difficult to see the difference between these two concepts a priori, especially if you are not an architecture professional. We all get used to living in a house, bigger or smaller, newer or older, of varying height, but has anyone stopped to think about what is behind…

“Hypars”, by Felix Candela

With profound admiration, I would like to preface my work with a quote from Mies: “Architecture is the will of the age conceived in spatial terms”. Félix Candela was an erudite who captured space and manipulated it to create emotion in his audience. As a result of the model which…

The Machine For Living

Le Corbusier referred to the “New House” (the new way of living in and experiencing a house) as the “Machine À Habiter” / “Machine for Living”, adapting this house for the industrial revolution which had been changing the world since the beginning of the 20th Century. From this moment on,…

“Salk Institute”, by Louis Kahn

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is a complex of laboratories in La Jolla, California, on the West Coast of the United States. An international benchmark in the Biology world for many years, it was designed by renowned architect Louis Kahn in the 60s, and possesses a beauty and intentionality…

Less Is More, by Mies Van Der Rohe

In 1960’s New York, an unstoppable architectural movement bursts onto the scene, characterised by the simplicity of both its approaches and its forms and materials. This movement came to be known as minimalism. The origins of this style can be traced to Europe, and German architect Ludwig Mies Van Der…