Multifunctional Architecture: a new kind of space for a new lifestyle

June 6, 2016
/
by juan
/ /
Comments Closed

Multifunctional architecture as its name implies, has to do with the creation of spaces that gather several functions, but it goes far beyond, as it does not only aims at creating projects that adapted to the urban space where they are inserted but also it even aims at solving urban problems.

On top of this, multifunctional architecture seeks to create spaces that can cause an emotional impact, by strongly linking the aesthetics of the construction to elements of emotional reference for the community to which they are addressed.

This idea of multifunctionality, applied to either small complexes, districts or cities, finds roots in the ideas of Le Corbusier, particularly in “l´unité´habitation” (housing unit), where he seeks to merge the privacy of individual housing with the multiplicity of activities of a modern city.

This ideal unit consists of 400 houses inserted into a complex that holds as well shops, recreational spaces, places for physical exercises and different services.   The concept was materialized for the first time in the “unité d´habitation” de Marseille, the “Cité Radieuse” (Radiant City) project that was developed between 1947 and 1952 by the assignment of the French Ministry of Reconstruction and Urbanism.

Even though the so-called brutalist architecture comes from this idea, the concept of “housing unit” also evolves on the side of its multifunctional sense, and sees applications both in housing developments as the one of Marseille, and in its broader vision, in comprehensive urban developments such as the city of Brasilia in 1956.

With regards to interior decoration, multifunctional architecture proposes a discreet ornamentation, putting aside extravagances, as it picks up the teachings of an ancient Chinese tradition that suggests not to include excessive details inside houses considering that this ends up by negatively affecting the mental state of the inhabitants.

You can read about it in less than 5 minutes …

Moscow-Multifunctional-complex-Lotus-SPEECH-ARCHITECTS

Leer Mas

High tech architecture: a new aesthetic that strives for improving the world using technology as an ornament, but taking advantage of its functionality

May 30, 2016
/
by juan
/ /
Comments Closed

 

The architectural movement known as high tech is known for incorporating technology into the architectural space, not only as a building element, but considering its aesthetic role, even though it must be pointed out that the technical elements are used not only for aesthetic purposes, but also for functional reasons.

But high-tech architecture, does not only aim at using technology with an aesthetic role, but also exhibits it and this ostentation of technology can be seen as an act of provocation, even of rebellion. In fact, is this ostentation one of the elements that differentiate this stream from the modern movement that precedes it: the “living machine” of Le Corbusier sought efficient design but without displaying the technological components. The high tech movement reinterprets the modern style, providing it with a strong technological image that makes it survive to the present times.

High tech architecture also feeds from the metabolism, a movement of the 60`s where Japanese architects like Kenzo Tange, Kiyonori Kikutake, Kisho Kurokawa and the Archigram group, proposed buildings with futuristic aspects, almost with a science fiction look, showcasing technology deliberately.

High tech takes its name from the book: “The Industrial Style and Source Book for The Home”, published in 1978 by Joan Kron and Suzanne Slesin, where they put in evidence the attitude of rebellion of the high tech architecture and raise a discussion about its aesthetics.

High-tech architecture reflects the enthusiasm of 70´s for the space race, and in general, for the scientific and technological innovations of the time. Philosophically speaking it happens to be positive and naive at the same time: confidence in this technological progress generates in the architects of this movement the idea that through the use of technology it is possible to improve the human habitat and thus human life on the planet.

In the 80´s high tech architecture evolves in parallel to the so-called postmodern architecture to the point that it becomes difficult to differentiate one trend from the other, but at the 90´s high tech architecture, reemerges with its own identity, with the founding in 1993 of the READ Group, aiming at incorporating the use of renewable energy in architecture. With this evolution, the high tech movement ends up by adopting new names such as eco-tech movement and sustainable architecture.

High tech architects often make use of prefabricated components. Preferred materials are the walls of glass and steel structures. In what has to do with interiors, all aesthetics has to do with industry appearance.

You can read about it in less than 5 minutes …

Leer Mas

Minimalism in Architecture: “Less is more”

May 23, 2016
/
by juan
/ /
Comments Closed

Minimalist architecture leitmotiv is to reduce the material expression to the essential, and is best known by the use of geometric shapes made with simplicity and precision. What defines this architectural style in a single concept is the word “clean”. For minimalism all elements must combine and form a unit: hence the minimalist precept that “everything is part of everything”.

This architectural trend emerges in New York by the end of the 60s´ and reaches its maturity in the 80s´, but its origins are anchored in Europe with the work at the German Pavilion of Barcelona´s fair of 1930 of the German architect later turned American, Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe. It is attributed to Van Der Rohe the phrase “less is more” which precisely reflects the minimalist concept of doing more with less.

 Minimalist architecture imposes in addition to the simplicity of the forms, the use of neutral materials employed in the purest way possible. Simple textures and monochromatic colors are used in floors, ceilings and walls (in particular the white color and all the shades given by its spectrum). At the end, the accessories are the elements that give a touch of color to the space.

The materials are a key point of minimalism. The minimalist ornamentation uses wood and rustic materials: polished cement, glass, steel and stone –mainly in its natural state, minimally manipulated-. Minimalism always seeks at creating contrast by the alternation of these materials and the use of different textures.

You can read about it in less than 5 minutes …

Leer Mas

3 pieces of invisible architecture with water as sole protagonist

May 16, 2016
/
by juan
/ /
Comments Closed

Invisible architecture continuously challenges our senses making the spaces we know, visit or use, become an experience that brings us new feelings, surprising us when we discover what doesn’t seem to be there.

According to this architectural trend, each architect or architectural studio plays with the elements differently to create a fiction, an illusion of invisibility based on the very reality of objects. Consequently, we are transported to places that only these architects can imagine and that thanks to this trend, they can share with us.

Invisible architecture is based upon complex engineering, which deals with what we cannot see. This trend mimics the environment offering extensive views of the landscape, and merging with the surroundings. The source of inspiration shall determine, for sure, how these designs are built and shall shape how the ingenuity of the architects will be used to meet the expectations of the illusion of invisibility.

You can read about it in less than 5 minutes …

Leer Mas

Multifunctional architecture at culture’s service

April 25, 2016
/
by juan
/ /
Comments Closed

Usually, when we talk about Multifunctional Architecture, we think about big buildings with huge structures placed on a gigantic space. While it is true that some of the best known multifunctional buildings present these characteristics, there are other constructions, also part of this architectonic tendency, perfectly integrated into their environment.

The multifunctional architecture tries to cover with its designs people’s needs, including multifunctional spaces used to accommodate libraries, exhibition halls, museums, etc. The truth is that culture is one of the main beneficiaries of the possibilities that this architectural style offers.

The most important multifunctional architects are able to masterly build new areas where design and functionality are combined, creating amazing works of art that surround us, no matter the city we live.

Multifunctional architecture at culture’s service

You may read the following text in approximately four minutes…

Leer Mas

Sustainable Architecture: UK raises a green flag

April 25, 2016
/
by juan
/ /
Comments Closed

When we talk about Sustainable Architecture or Eco-Architecture, we are not only talking about planting trees and plants on urban buildings, as this architectonic trend has traditionally been conceived. The Sustainable Architecture also called Green Architecture is an architectonic trend that tries to make a difference in the construction of new buildings.

Previously in this blog, we have visited Thailand, United States, Canada and Switzerland to explore some of the most representative sustainable buildings designed thus far. Today, we want to travel to UK and take a look to some of its sustainable buildings, example of how the human development and the respect for the environment are compatible.

Sustainable Architecture: UK raises a green flag

You may read the following text in approximately four minutes…

Leer Mas

The High-tech style surfs the skies of three large cities

April 18, 2016
/
by juan
/ /
Comments Closed

The current and future architectonic tendencies are clear: today the buildings are eco-efficient and High-Tech. We are entering into a construction style where the global tendencies are oriented towards the design of buildings with cleaner lines and open spaces.

The large buildings are going back to life, taking advantage of natural resources, taking into account the sustainability and the energetic efficiency. They are eco-friendly and High Tech buildings. It is said that this tendency, is oriented now towards a construction built judiciously.

The buildings include ventilation and heat recovery systems by using triple-glazed windows and huge glass walls that open into big roofs that recycle the air. Smart glass that can be lightened or darkened with home automation systems.

High-tech architecture aesthetics implies the exaltation of the technological innovation. This premise is enhanced by the gigantic constructions of glass and steel that ride the skies of the main cities in the world. This time, the race for building skyscrapers take us to three beautiful cities: Philadelphia, Moscow and London.

The High-tech style surfs the skies of three large cities

You may read the following text in approximately five minutes…

Leer Mas

Minimalism as key of luxury, acoustic poetry and fire

April 11, 2016
/
by juan
/ /
Comments Closed

The pureness of the shapes, a specific characteristic of minimalism, does not conflict neither with opulence nor with design. Indeed, pureness is the intrinsic spirit, which makes each building to be unique. At this opportunity we will be dealing about three more or less high sounding architectural projects, which take an innovative approach within the current architectural trend. The first project will lead us into a singular exuberance, in the heart of the Jordanian desert; the second project will delight our view and our ears by leading us to a unique tour; and the third project will show us that contemporary beauty and urban functionality may join together harmoniously.

Minimalism as key of luxury, acoustic poetry and fire

You may read the following text in approximately five minutes…

minimalismo-tendencias-arquitectonicas-desierto-wadi-RESORT

Minimalism as key of luxury, acoustic poetry and fire

You may read the following text in approximately five minutes…

Leer Mas

Invisible Architecture, is the architecture of habits?

March 29, 2016
/
by juan
/ /
Comments Closed

Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. Researchers tell us that every day, repeated about 40 % of our behavior, so our habits shape our existence and our future.

Many times our habits don´t satisfy, routines involve activities that deep down we do not like perform, we should be able to create us habits to be happier, healthier and more productive. So if we want to change our lives, we start changing our habits as a great way to start. But observation of our environment does not encourage these kinds of changes and raises another question: the environment, in which we live, is what we want? How can we change our habits if around us stopping us?

Invisible Architecture aims to help the environment, foster the strengthening of our habits. Constructions that blend in with the landscape , integrated university campus , semi – camouflaged stadiums, almost ghostly buildings … It is the invisible architecture , the chameleonic architecture that adapts to the environment but fighting ostentation, that not only damages the landscape but which aspires to join him. It is the architecture you want to go unnoticed, if possible mimicked with the landscape, because the scenery is king and everything else must undergo.

Invisible Architecture, is the architecture of habits?

You can read it in about 6 minutes…

Leer Mas
Copyright © 2015 Luís Sánchez Díez - Natural Stone Company.

Designed by LGM.