Analogous Building    


Palais des Congrès   2198
Hurva Synagogue   2209
Museum for Nordrhein Westfalen   2226

dossier: collage architecture   3228b

another museum of architecture reference
Another reference to the "virtual museum of architecture" came from reading some in Rossi's The Architecture of the City. I am reading the chapters (headings) in reverse order and in the introduction to the 2nd Italian edition, Rossi makes reference to the Canaletto painting Capriccio.
From Rossi, p. 116: "After I wrote this book and from the concepts I postulated in it, I outlined the hypothesis of the analogous city, in which I attempted to deal with theoretical questions concerning design in architecture. In particular I elaborated a compositional procedure that is based on certain fundamental artifacts in the urban reality around which other artifacts are constituted within the framework of an analogous system. To illustrate this concept I gave the example of Canaletto's fantasy view of Venice, a capriccio in which Palladio's project for the Ponti di Rialto, the Basilica of Vicenza, and the Palazzo Chiericate are set next to each other and described as if the painter were rendering an urban scene he had actually observed. These three Palladian monuments, none of which are actually in Venice (one is a project; the other two are in Vicenza), nevertheless constitute an analogous Venice formed of specific elements associated with the history of both architecture and the city. The geographic transposition of the monuments within the painting constitutes a city that we recognize, even though it is a place of purely architectural reference. This example enables me to demonstrate how a logical-formal operation could be translated into a design method and then into a hypothesis for a theory of architectural design in which the elements were preestablished and formally defined, but where the significance that sprung forth at the end of the operation was the authentic, unforeseen, and original meaning of the work."
Immediately I think of the Strasbourg, Düsseldorf, Hurva composite building that I have created in 3d model form, and I would like to sometime in the future elaborate on how the composite is perhaps an analogous building. Furthermore, Rossi's point provides great fuel for future manipulation of my models and Canaletto's painting in particular provides inspiration and a grounding in terms of a "plan" for the "virtual museum" itself.
Overall, I see the analogous city concept working in tandem with the "virtual museum of architecture" idea, and I am at this point also interested in adding the collage city idea/methodology to the "museum" idea.

Capriccio: An Analogous Building
Canaletto's "Capriccio" painting and Rossi's notion of an analogous city here inspire the notion of an analogous building. Like the painting, the new "building" is a composite of pieces that, although not related programmatically, share a formal commonality. The example here incorporates parts from three distinct architectural projects: Louis I. Kahn's Hurva Synagogue, Stirling & Wilford's Museum for Nordrhine-Westfalen, and Le Corbusier's Palais des Congres.
The pavilion-like synagogue replaces the entrance pavilion of the museum, and a merger takes place between the main "box" of the museum and the "box" of the Palais. The resultant "building" appears familiar yet altogether new at the same time. Moreover, such a recombinant analogical approach to building design suggests a potential linkage within and among modern architecture's otherwise overwhelmingly diverse stylistic pluralism.
seeking precedents... ...finding inspiration

new dexterity
The "analogous building" is also a new form of dexterity.

What does it mean to be a virtual museum of architecture?
...address the full potential of a virtual museum of architecture. The main issue to address is that Quondam's collection is "virtually" an infinite collection, meaning the base model data can be used to generate evermore data, be it new line drawings such as elevations, axonometrics, and perspectives, any number of renderings, and even whole buildings derived from a manipulation of the existing data. It is particularly the possibility of creating whole new buildings to add to the collection that makes a virtual museum of architecture (in this regard at least) completely unprecedented. The closest example of this "manipulative" attitude toward architecture is (ironically) again Hadrian's Villa where the form of remembered places was morphed into another style and an entirely other location.
...whatever "new" buildings coming out of the collection to have a meaningful place within a virtual museum collection. ...might be interesting to create collaged buildings like Media and the Berlin Science Center. Of course, the analogous building idea is also a prime candidate for "new" buildings.

...a new(?) theory of design.
1. the Otto Houses - what role does schizophrenia play with recombinant architectures?
2. the Mayor's House - first recombinant plan.
3. Kahn's Dominican Convent, then the Cooper & Pratt House.
4. Analogous Building.
5. Infringement Complex, especially the underlying plan.
6. Maison Millennium - all the stages.
9. the Campo Marzio plans; and neo-Campo Marzio plans.
10. Hadrian's Villa?
11. check the notes for the 'planned' recombinants.
13. Sober House 1



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