Movements within the 70ies took the skyscraper design one step further and concentrated on eye catching building forms and façades to create an individual appearance to maximise the rate of return for the owner. One typical skyscraper of this era is the 197 meter high American Telephone and Telegraph Building by Philip Johnson and John Burgee in New York.
Although skyscrapers have been discussed theoretically for quite some time within Europe ...
It was the perfect treat to escape the UK winter this year by flying out to Miami Beach to enjoy some sun, design and the Miami Art Deco Festival as well as all its amazing Art Deco architecture.
Even though I am mainly drawn to the architecture and its beautiful details, Art Deco reached much further encompassing the decorative arts, furniture, pottery, textiles, glass, fashion and many more – luckily all of these, sort of, go into a building though.
Over centuries London’s Skyline was dominated by church spires and St. Paul's Cathedral in particular, however since height restrictions were lifted in the 1960s a number of high-rise developments have changed the city for centuries to come. The skyline changes in a fast pace since 2010 and my first graphic goes back to 2012. It was the one for one of my first short guest blog posts I did back then.
I recently went to Germany to catch up with family and friends but also to take in the fresh and energizing air of the national forests and seasides over there. Well, as you maybe can guess, it didn't take long and I found myself snapping away textures, surfaces and abstracts which inspired me and soon after I was contemplating about the appeal.
I have been talking about it in my previous blog posts, facade and structural elements are details I am surrounded with all day but interiors and so on
A New Building Type Spreading Across The Globe
The skyscraper is one of the icons to be found in each American city, they symbolise power and wealth and rule the skyline of the most famous cities in the USA. They have never lost their uniqueness and started to fascinate the whole world so that even historical cities like London could not escape their congeniality - but where did this building type come from and how did skyscrapers evolve. Even more importantly ...
Sustainability on a city scale is quite an undertaking if you look at projects like the regeneration of Nine Elms on the South Bank of the river Thames but also at new buildings in repurposed areas around Europe. However, it all is quite a process and in comparison I found that it doesn't matter if things are large or small scale, same rules apply.
Sustainability is not just in the building itself but starts with the use and often reuse of things ...
Inspiration comes from everywhere but especially from travelling so here are my recommendations for spending three days in New Orleans. No worries, the city is marvellously relaxed so this is more or less a laid back travel guide for design and architectural enthusiasts, but who isn't?!
One last look back - here are your favorite nine images of my instagram feed of last year. What a mixture of dynamic architecture and abstract patterns, just as I like it. No surprise are the architectural masterpieces which are completed with geometric patterns - giving depth and inviting to dream away.
Welcome 2019, it’s been a fantastically quiet break for me this year and as noted in my last blog post of 2018 I have tried myself at switching off – leaving social media and the internet of things aside for a few days. I have to say my favorite gift this Christmas was a great help along the way – a 3d sketching pen and inspirational art deco skyscrapers.
Slowly but surely the summer is disappearing and I came across some of my holiday sketches and thought I share some thoughts with you. Brutalism, what can I say, I guess this is a bit out there but I am a fan, there, I said it, but maybe you gathered that already and are not surprised at all!
Many people feel that the raw concrete used on brutalist buildings creates a disturbingly naked appearance that is unfinished, cold and not exactly easy on the eye. Fair enough. In my opinion though ...