132 unique tulip-shaped “pots” support the marvelous flower-like Little Island that floats above the water of the Hudson River. This concrete structure is more than just another NYC park, it’s an interesting discussion of using construction to build nature over nature. It’s an impeccable example and visual conversation of rapidly changing contemporary society.
Temppeliaukio Church – The Rock Church in Helsinki
The Temppeliaukio Church, also known as the Rock Church, is one of Helsinki’s architectural gems. What makes it such a fascinating place is that it is built directly into solid rock and also has a first class acoustic as a concert venue. It was one of my favorite places to explore when I lived in Finland.
Louvre Abu Dhabi – Jean Nouvel
Designed by Pritzker-prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is a massive art and civilizations museum in the United Arab Emirates. The museum includes a permanent and a temporary gallery enriched by loans from notable French museums including Musee du Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, and Centre Pompidou.
Singapore Architecture – John’s Top 8 Picks
Singapore architecture has a lot to offer. It is a fascinating place where Asian influence meets futuristic design. Architecture often has a strong focus on sustainability, with many instances of vegetative landscapes incorporated into high-rise buildings, with breathtaking outcomes.
Casa Brutale – Lyrical Brutalism in Architecture
Casa Brutale is a daring and thrilling architecture concept that took the internet by the storm a few years ago. Its debut instantly went viral after publication and was shared by numerous media and design platforms worldwide. Casa Brutale started also one wonderful friendship with the immensely talented architect Laertis-Antonios…
Neri Oxman – Mothering Nature
Neri Oxman has a very unique look at the world and a multidisciplinary approach to science and design. She piqued my interest when I read about her project “Aguahoja I” that blurs the lines between creativity and science. To illustrate, this artistic sculpture is composed of 3D-printed materials from the organic…
John Portman – The Architect
John Portman was a prolific architect who left a deep mark on the Atlanta landscape and many word capitals. Portman was praised for his cinematic interiors that artfully related interior space and elements to the individual.
Tadao Ando – Casa Wabi in Mexico
Fundación Casa Wabi is an idyllic artist’s retreat by Tadao Ando that aims to promote collaboration and social commitment through art. This beautiful foundation is located in Mexico’s stunning Pacific coastline at Puerto Escondido.
Luis Barragán – Pritzker Winning Architect
Luis Barragán was a world-renowned minimalist Mexican architect. His emotional architecture has influenced many contemporary architects, visually and conceptually. Barragán won the Pritzker Prize, the highest award in architecture and his own home and studio, Casa Luis Barragán, have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Desert Rose by Jean Nouvel
Jean Nouvel is one of the marvelous architects whose work I admire. Finally, I got the opportunity to see his latest museum project in Doha. I remember I was riding in a taxi when I laid my eyes on the National Museum of Qatar. The locals affectionately call Jean Nouvel’s magnificent architecture the Desert Rose.
Frank Lloyd Wright – Iconic Fallingwater
Named as “The Best All-Time Work of American Architecture,”, Fallingwater is hailed internationally as a masterpiece of 20th-century architecture. Fallingwater is located in the mountains of Southwestern Pennsylvania, in Mill Run, about 70 miles east of Pittsburgh.
The Biosphere – Buckminster Fuller
I have been long fascinated with Buckminster Fuller and wanted to make a blog post about him. Imagine my pleasant surprise when I discovered that Michael Parker, an architectural photographer whose work I follow, had photographed Fuller’s iconic Montreal Biosphere.
Deconstruct me, Lucio Fontana
New York visit cannot happen without seeing art in every corner of the city. This time it was Lucio Fontana at the Met Breuer. For me, Fontana’s slashed paintings held a sense of powerful rebirth in the act of their creation. The Met Breuer itself, designed by Marcel Breuer, is also a work of art.
Tadao Ando – Church of the Light
Probably one of my absolute favorite architects is Tadao Ando. The focus is on the light, materials, and flow of space and simplicity. It’s worth traveling across the world to Japan, just to see it.