Erich Mendelsohn, 1921-1923
Thanks to Ahmed A. Hassan for taking gorgeous photos of Carr Chapel in honor of Mies’ birthday (on March 27).
Hassan is an architecture doctoral student at the Illinois Institute of Technology, home of Carr Chapel (Mies’ only ecclesiastical building!).
Some Mies van der Rohe in #toronto. #mies
London’s hidden interiors – in pictures
One of the photographs by Derek Kendall in a slideshow in today’s Guardian:
St Paul’s Cathedral Library: The Library is contained in a huge stone chamber lined with the original bookcases and dark oak panelling constructed under the watchful gaze of Wren’s master joiner, Sir Charles Hopson. The Great Fire destroyed tens of thousands of volumes but the library has been added to ever since and now contains 16,000 books on theology, including one of only three priceless copies of the first edition of Tyndale’s New Testament believed to date to 1526. The serene atmosphere is as it was 300 years ago, with the ethereal sound of the cathedral choir singing far below
Happy United Nations Day.
Oscar Niemeyer, 1946
– Richard Misrach
From The Life and Death of Buildings at Princeton University Art Museum
IBM France Research Center, La Gaude, France, 1958-62
(Marcel Breuer & Associates)
This is my 750th post, and FYB is nearing 40,000 followers. It seems now is a good enough time for a bit of reflection. I’m amazed and humbled by the amount of attention and recognition this blog has garnered.
My intention isn’t that all 40,000 of you start designing Brutalist architecture, but that some of you begin to treat this (admittedly quite nebulous and often misunderstood) mode of building with a bit of respect. Brutalism was and is an essential episode in the history of modern architecture, and the more evidence of its presence we lose through negligence and demolition, the harder it is to see a complete picture of that history.
If one finds these buildings unwelcoming and discomfiting, remember the visceral feeling they engender, and reflect on the powerful yet subtle effect that architecture can have on your daily life. That is all.