Pragmatics Beneath the Skin
The end of Herzog de Meuron printed real skin for his or her library in Eberswalde in 1999 was a seminal moment for designers and architects, challenging Adolf Loos‘ dogma of the decoration as a crime. This culturally driven movement has gained impetus using a greatly increased proper repertoire that we have been enabled by new technologies to construct within reasonable budgets, but in addition not only to research. Although none of the envelopes of the next jobs is cosmetic or ornamental from the whimsy of the designer, but deriving their attractiveness from the smart discussion of parameters that are ethnic and environmental constraints.
Guimaraes & Barbosa recently finished their new Law Court House in Gouveia, only two years following the conclusion of the striking first job, the Vodafone Building in Porto. The levitating first floor signifies power and the ability of the court reminds us of classics of the global design place and, using its austere white real look. At second glance yet a lively variation in the window apertures and facade facets cunningly undermines the dictum of classical order of the court and repetitiveness of international design. This relationship is discreetly reversed through public access in the bottom floor to the clear and deep-set courtyard and through a broad stair that spills out in the top court floor while the facade of the first floor presents itself shut and inaccessible to people.
Its own folded, rhomboidal metal facade, possibly less characterizes the Museum of Liverpool by 3XN Architects, than by it’s daring sculptural look that crops from an upwards folding movement of the surrounding landscape. The skin using its gleaming metal aesthetic adds to the interesting conversation between modern and historical.
When opened, the skin’s shutters transform the monolith right into a breathy, crystalline construction allowing for unobstructed views in the cafe interior, onto the water outside and reveal the cafe behind.
The end of Wilkinson Eyre ’s Olympic Basketball Stadium in London might be only another evidence of the theory that more restraints lead to some job that is better. Designed as a temporary construction it was the quickest to get constructed, was on its own steel construction and budget and membrane will likely be recycled following the games. The unassuming black inside, interspersed with seats that is orange to hark back to the colour scheme of a basketball, isn’t only cost effective but permits the viewer to concentrate about what matters most, the game. The edifice is clad in a white PVC outside that was captivating. The interesting part of the facade is the geometry of the relief is driven by want that are cosmetic or ornamental, but instead by the exploitation of the designers as well as an intelligent dialogue involving the substances as well as their constraints. So the membrane crossing within the steel construction creates a relief that is soft but astonishingly heavy allowing for an elaborate play of shadows on the facade, given it is allowed for by the London weather.