Posted by Paul Malo on October 27, 2002 at 06:43:09:
In Reply to: Re: ILLSORY ARCHITECTURE posted by Dex on October 26, 2002 at 20:12:38:
It wasn't clear you were given a triangular site. That might be a blessing. One of the most photographed buildings in New York City history has been the Flatiron Building, which seems surreal because of its triangular site. Look also at Pie's addition to the National Gallery in Washington. It's prow has become a sort of icon for ritual, visitors rubbing the point for some reason unknown to me.
I'd relish this opportunity and certainly wouldn't try to jam a conventional builidng onto this site.
Yes, curves could neutralize the angular context, but the curved forms might seem alien--which might be OK if this is to be major "foreground" building. The Guggenheim on Fifth Avenue is accepted because its supposed to be an exceptional insitution in a row of ordinary buildings.
If a more conventional building, integrated into the surrounding context, seems preferable, try relating the exterior edges to the geometry of the streets, taking up the difference within an internal interstitial space--the usual atrium, for instance. This is the "class solution" to the given problem.
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