99122201 Mayan City model 2302i35
more Olivetti reenacted
Herzog & de Meuron's BBVA Headquaters design is the latest reenactment of Le Corbusier's Electronic Calculation Center Olivetti.
Plus, the design clearly manifests Alejandro Zaera-Polo's (reenactionary) proposal of a new politics of the envelope.
What is an experimental architect? Are Zumtor and Herzog experimental?
experiment 1b (1) : a tentative procedure or policy; esp : one adopted in uncertainty as to whether it will answer the desired purpose or bring about the desired result
experiment 4 : the process or practice of trying or testing
experimental 2 : founded on, derived from, or discovered by experiment
Given the above definitions, Frank Gehry is probably the leading experimental architect of the last 35 years or so.
One thing that crossed my mind last night was how, when I see the many studiy models of H&dM...
...I'm reminded of the many study models produced by Gehry for the Lewis Residence...
I may be stretching it, but...)
Gehry's method of design via innumerable study models [ie, experimentation] seems to have become quite influential.
[The following is an experiment. In the two passages below, the word experimental replaces the original word pliant, and the word experimentation replaces the original word pliancy.]
Personally, I like seeing all the study models of various projects by various architects. I like it because it clearly demonstrates just how experimental architectural designing can be. And I seriously consider the notion that it may well be Gehry that best introduced architectonic experimentation to the profession.
Is architectonic experimentation in somewhat sharp contrast to Eisenman's method? Up to a certain point (in time) I'd say yes. And when Eisenman's work started exhibiting some measure of experimentation, that's where I start to see Gehry's influence.
14122201 Whitemarsh Hall site plan image attached 5233 context
14122202 Whitemarsh Hall site plan image attached Karastan/NNTC context
14122203 Whitemarsh Hall 1100x550 plan site plan image attached Karasten/NNTC
14122204 Philadelphia Museum of Art 1100x550 plan
14122205 Stockholm Public Library 1100x550 elevation
14122206 Villa Stein de Monzie 1100x550 plan Pruitt-Igoe/NNTC