Message - Re: ArchWeek - Austrian Alien

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Posted by  JWmHarmon on December 08, 2003 at 07:34:09:

In Reply to:  ArchWeek - Austrian Alien posted by Kevin Matthews on December 05, 2003 at 20:01:02:

The article states:
The architects claim an interest in the "animal presence of architecture," which, together with a sense of playfulness about alien forms and futuristic inspiration, inspire the form and spatial organization of the Kunsthaus.

This building reminds me of a picture I once saw of an inflated pigs bladder. If you have ever seen animal organs cut out after a disection you will note a similarity between the tubes of the animal part and the light tubes of this building. According to historical texts, pigs bladders with the ureters and urethra tied off and blown up like balloons were used as footballs in early European history. The English claim credit for this development (with some argument from the Italians). The Kunsthaus looks very much like body parts with extra tubes sticking out. I note with interest how the interior reflects the exterior.

These kinds of "Blob Buildings" remind me of sculptures from the 1900's. Compare these to Henry Moore sculptures.


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