Archive for June, 2010

Kit of Parts

Friday, June 18th, 2010

The DC office of law firm Jones Day has been open since 1946, but they recently hired Pritzker Pirize winning architect Sir Richard Rogers to design an environmentally friendly state of the art addition to their historic Acacia Building. The two buildings are linked by an atrium space with a dramatic exposed steel structure rising through the center.  The skeletal yellow frame engages and supports multiple systems of circulation between several floors connecting the old building to the addition.  An elevator, stairs, and several bridges hang off the construction delicately, with all fastenings and constructed technologies revealed to the public.  The stark technological minimalism and “kit of parts” approach to architecture is Rogers’ signature style and can be seen typified in the famous Centre du Pompidou in Paris.

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Soft Stone

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

The Katzen Art Center at American University is a serene and fluid arrangement of plastic forms rendered in stone.  The orbital sweeping lines carry your eye around the building’s side, inviting exploration.  The sunken sculpture garden is partially hidden from view but contains several treasures.  The building houses academic, performing art, and fine art spaces and was designed by Boston based firm Einhorn Yaffee Prescott.

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Threads

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

“Fashion is architecture.  It is a matter of proportion.”  -Coco Channel

The Mary Basket collection of contemporary Japanese fashion was recently on display at the Textile Museum on S street.  Pieces by Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto were presented as groundbreaking examples of avant garde design from the 1970s and early 1980s.   By innovating new formal abilities of cloth through structural pleating as well as focusing on abstract silhouettes that are at times incongruous with the human shape, monochromatic color pallets, asymmetry, and graphics, these designers effectively set the stage for the postmodern movement in fashion.

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