Message - Re: Building as a sculpture?? What do you say - Calatrava - Gehry

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Posted by  JWmHarmon on February 17, 2004 at 07:54:29:

In Reply to:  Building as a sculpture?? What do you say posted by Biju Neyyan on February 17, 2004 at 05:56:08:

Buildings can be designed from several different starting points all of which should relate to the building program.

One can think of the building as a large block of material that then has spaces carved out of it. If one were to look at the Taj Mahal one could imagine the architect as a sculptor carving out the spaces that are revealed as one approaches the building. Imagine carving out the spaces in the TWA Building at Kennedy Airport in New York City. Consider the Sydney Opera House.

Think of Frank Gehry's creations as having been created by a sculptor using clay to form the shell of the Bilbao or the Disney concert hall. Compare these to sculptures by Jean Arp or Henry Moore.

Examine the sculptural works of Antoine Pevsner and compare them to Calatrava's recent buildings. Pevsner's works appear to be built up or assembled rather than carved out or moulded.

Updating the topic of architecture as sculpture with references to specific sculptures would be a topic of interest.

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