Geometric Buildings: Reflections on Architecture
catherine-bowen-small-4678877, 1626167569 Catherine Bowen, Plascon Trends Editor We haven’t posted on architecture in a while, so I thought today was a good day to share with you my stash of geometric buildings that I have been collecting over the last few weeks… To talk about there being a “trend in geometrical design” in architecture at the moment would be understating the matter – geometry has been part of successful and beautiful architecture dating back hundreds of years. Why it works as an aesthetic design principle is because we humans have eyes that love symmetry – we look for it in everything around us… And often when we seek to express something in form we draw on this ancient logic to do so. The first building, or rather the first image that peaked my interest, was this one (featured above) – it’s the Chemnitz Stadthalle in the independent city of Chemnitz (formerly known as Karl-Marx Stadt). It was built between 1969 and 1974, in the typical character of the 1970s. The chief architect was Rudolf White and the exterior & interior design were by Hubert Schiefelbein; in 2004 Prof. Clauss Dietel revised the colour scheme and lighting concepts (Source wikipedia) chemnitz_stadthalle-commonswikimediaorg-9559791, 1626167570 Chemnitz Stadthalle (Image Source: In my opinion the beauty of this building is best appreciated up close and personal, as opposed to viewed from afar… It’s in the geometrical and repetitive detail of the polygonal structure that the beauty is to be found. Move away from the building and it becomes a square concrete block, which is rather less exciting! site-3, 1626167302 Mokuzai Kaikan Building (Image Source: This next building is by Japanese firm Nikken Sekkei, which appears to be one of the largest and most prestigious architectural firms in Japan currently… This building – the Mokuzai Kaikan Building in Tokyo Japan – has one several awards: Environment and Building Service System Design Award 2011, AIJ Annual Architectural Design Commendation 2011 and JIA Award 2011. site-4, 1626167344 Mokuzai Kaikan Building (Image Source: In contrast to the Chemnitz building, the Mokuzai Kaikan building has been masterfully built and the linear design of the facade can be appreciated both from afar and up close. site5, 1626167444 Poly International Plaza T2 (Beijing) (Image Source: Then there’s the Poly International Plaza which is quite simply a small man-made mountain of glass and steel in Beijing, China… As imposing as this building clearly is, I can’t help but think that it would be all the more so if it weren’t for the geometrical faceting and twisting that has been employed in the facade. There’s no denying the scale of such a colossal building, but it would be so much more imposing and an unsightly a blot on the skyline were it not for these details… site-6, 1626167462 Poly International Plaza T2 Beijing China (Image Source: So, those are the three geometric buildings that inspire me geometrically, but I would love to see and hear about the buildings that you have you found… And more importantly, have you come across a South African piece of architecture that fits the bill? Please let us know as we’d love to feature it on our blog!