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Cube 2 Carme Pinos

The cube 2 was what has been the latest breakthrough with her work. With the well-received cube 1 that captivated the minds and hearts of the people in Mexico.

This building somehow has a more aesthetically pleasing look than cube 1 has in my opinion. I believe that this somehow gives the viewer a calming feeling with her sharp edges and the dark color that the building presents. It almost has a harmonious feeling that resonates with the sharp incline that helps deviate it from the surrounding buildings.  As if it shoots from the ground itself with an outcry that you must look at it, or miss something that has been unprecedented.

There is also a vagrant use of natural light with the amount of windows she incorporated into it. It also has a very interesting use of glass that is seen from a distance.

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Footbridge in Petrer

This is one of her more interesting works in my opinion. The reason being that it is a metal footbridge that is designed by a world renown architect, which is also so well know that she has had acclaim for it. It had=s a very rustic feeling to it since she has incorporated industrial metals that have the look of being rusted over.  Yet the top of it has this nice wooden walkway. While also having built-in benches that are incorporated right into the structure.

Yet in some ways, this piece of hers does not surprise me very much since she has a knack for incorporating bridge metaphors. Especially with her cemetery that allowed for a metaphorical bridge that the dead could use.

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torre cube Carme Pinos

This is an office building that she designed in Guadalajara Mexico. This had become something of a world sensation and icon for the city internationally.  It incorporates the way she uses these very crisp edges yet doesn’t seem to mind the occasional curve, as long as it is well called for.

It came into being in 2004, she wanted to incorporate large amounts of natural light where workers would not feel confined to their four walls. While also helping the environment by designing the building to cut down on the amount of emissions of fossil fuels.

I think this design is marvelous especially since this building exists in an area that is plagued and riddled by earthquakes.

 

 

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Vienna VU Economics building Carme Pinos

This building was designed by Carme Pinos in 2008 and it speaks to me because I’m an Economics major , I love the topic so much that i cannot tell how this building relates to economics. It could be interpreted that the odd shapes somehow encompass supply and demand or some sort of quantitative graph. Yet even if it isnt that the building somehow encompasses the idea of Economics and how you sometimes instead of thinking in the box walk to the outside and read where the answer has been scribbled on it.

She was not the only person designing for VU at the time since she designed building number 4. Yet when you see the inside its very neat and has lots of light, something that econ majors would probably need.

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Carme Pinos Cemetary

Carme Pinos became a very well-known name once she came up with this design, and conception of this cemetery, this is due to the fact that she didn’t create just a cemetery but allowed for a physical metaphor. Which was that past present and future are not relevant to the overall concept of death.

Think of is someone who had the idea of creating a very drab area that only shows that people’s loved ones are gone would have been awarded the contract to design the cemetery. This would have set the standard and sad cemetery model without taking on a Spanish idea that celebrates the dead.

This cemetery using the landscape around it to represent the never ending river of life.  This goes from where the funeral procession would congregate and march onwards from to the rusted gate.  This allows for the dead and the living to be closer together than they would be somewhere else. She wanted people to be able to have warm memories of their loved ones and be able to remember the good without so much somberness.

Her work in general that deals with death absolutely intrigues me, since she has such a Zen way of thinking about life and the volatile human life.

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Crematory by Carme Pinos

This is undoubtedly a gorgeous building that one would not believe to be a crematory when you first glance at it. This is something that captivates me about the way she sees life and death to her there is this cycle that is like a closed loop we live and we die but the time in between is beautiful and that is what we celebrate when we think of everyone before us who is now dead. With her background in architecture that remembers the dead, it is not surprising that she would take on a project that can rival her earlier work in my opinion.

With this not being her first time, I do believe that she has started to incorporate a style when is comes to post-mortem architecture. With all of the windows, she incorporates it does not feel like somewhere where they burn dead bodies to ashes it feels like somewhere kids could be playing or where you might have a nice tech start up.  Overall this feels like a place of life or maybe life after death, but definitely not somewhere where people cease to existother dead

Eiffel Tower

Stephen Sauvestre was the men behind the Eiffel Tower in Paris France. It stands over the city at a height of 300 meters. Completed in March of 1889 it has always been seen as a wonder and pinnacle for France and Europe.

When I went to the Eiffel Tower in 2014 it was an amazing sight. I had gone with a group and upon seeing it, there this ominous feeling that overtakes you with its sheer height that overwhelms you. Actually, it was very dirty at the bottom with the litter and what not from the city. Then you go up to the first observation deck by means of an elevator. Once there you see what the original architects might not have fully planned for the view since it was a secondary addition. Yet a very nice view none the less. The true beauty lies at the top where you can see French park and the various aspects of the city that might be less beautiful up close but marvelous from your bird’s eye view. Which I believe was Sauvestre’s intention, that way the average common man could have the opportunity to see the city from the view of a rich man in his high estate.

With my feeling from that encounter being that it was a very humbling idea that made me realize how small I am in regards to the rest of the world. But also wonder with how they accounted for the sway of the building in regards to wind and earthquakes. Which i think is a brilliant forward thought.download (1)bh

Bahá’í House of Worship or Lotus Temple

The Bahá’í House of Worship in Delhi is a beautiful example of religious architecture as the primary location in India for the  Bahá’í faith.  It is open to all faith just as their culture dictates. Architecturally their culture dictates that it must have a nine-sided circular shape. There aren’t any pictures, statues or images within the temple as well as no permanent pulpits or altars. Along with the nine sides, there are nine doors with the 27 petals arranged in clusters of nine or three.

My experience here was the same summer of 2014 when I traveled overseas and along this journey, I visited India.  Much like a Buddhist temple upon seeing it, I felt this sense of calming and almost tranquility. Once you see that the simplicity adds to its beauty, with the beautiful outer dome, you expect an ornate inner sanctuary. Yet it is very simple with, the white covered walls, and simple wooden benches for the patrons. It felt very humbling with how any lay person can achieve their spiritual goals through the simplest of means.

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The Palace of Versailles

This was first built by King Louis XIII as a hunting lodge of brick and stone in 1623. The first expansion  was designed by Louis Le Vau. It included in the addition of three new wings that surrounded Louis XIII’s original building on the north, south, and west. The next expansion was when two wings were added by Jules Hardouin-Mansart. This was seen as an enormous cost due to its sheer size and the materials used. No expense was spared and the sun king made sure his lavish palace with its maze and hall of mirrors was completed. With the history behind this overwhelming, me and really dazzling me with the amount of craftsmanship put into this one palace.

I went to the Palace of Versailles in the summer of 2014 and was amazed by the victorian architecture, the way everything had the over the top spectacles to finish it off. From the hall of mirrors to the great room that overlooked the maze garden. With this overwhelming the senses a bit upon your first reaction to this grand palace. You think ok I need a picture of everything, this is the place I want to act like an American stereotypical tourist and try to photograph everything twice. Walking through and seeing the grand tapestries, the hall of mirrors and what not gives you the cherry on top to your experience. Which in my mind was the sun kings vision, to have a spectacle that shows class and wonder something he didn’t particularly find in the dull architecture of London. When the sun hits Versailles it makes you think how did anyone fathom this in the seventeenth century and know that this would become a modern fascination. With all of the aforementioned facts, history, and from my experience with Versailles I would have to reiterate and foot stomp that the dazzling and overwhelming effects are what are desired when you enter Versailles.

 

Craddock Hall

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Craddock Hall

I first experienced what some people saw as an eyesore at ou in the fall of 2014 when I began there as a cadet yet it gave me one of those rustic feelings that you can get with the older architecture styles. It gave me the sense of a 1950s air base near New Mexico where you could still get a coke for a nickel. With the exposed pipes that run throughout the building, you definitely can tell there was an age to the building. The whole time it gave me this uneasy feeling that this place could tumble over with a stiff breeze. This particular building also gives you an inside into the history that it carries with it much like the story it wants you to be told.

As for the meaning of Craddock Hall, its meaning comes from its origins. It was brought to the OU after world war two from Vance Air Force Base. During its peak, it served as the entry for roughly 200 air force cadets. All of this is shown in this classic Americana architecture the wood panel siding. The way the landscaping is in the square geometric shape around it. With it making me fell as if it was somewhere where I could be a part of something larger than myself and forge bonds. Which i did until leaving when the building was torn down.