Montjuic Telecommunications Tower – Santiago Calatrava – 1992
Designed for the Olympic Games hosted by Barcelona in 1992. The tower’s main purpose was functional (to transmit television coverage of the games). Calatrava added his own sculptural style to produce a tower of both functional and aesthetic value. This eye-catching tower that has now become one of Barcelona’s landmarks can be seen from various points throughout the city. As well as being a beautiful piece of sculpture representing the Olympic Games from afar what you don’t see unless close up is it’s white base (seen at the bottom of the photo). After visiting the tower I learned that the white mosaic (trencadis) base was designed specifically to pay homage to Antoni Gaudi, one of the city’s master architects.
b. 25.06.1852 d.10.06.1926
Gaudi was a Catalonian born Spanish architect and is most famous for his works in Barcelona. Gaudi’s style was very distinctive and his designs were very advanced for the time using references to nature in much of his work. religion was also a key factor for Gaudi and evidence of this can be seen in his extremely detailed designs for his cathedral, the Sagrada Familia. Gaudi’s work was very influential in the Spanish ‘Modernisme’ design movement which became the Spanish equivalent to ‘Art Nouveau’.
Calatrava is a Spanish born architect famous for his very sculptural style.
This is the only piece of Calatrava’s work that I have been lucky enough to see
Although this is the only one of Calatrava’s works that I have actually seen, I have seen many others in books and I really hope that one day I get to see some more of his work.
Canadian/American architect Frank Gehry is famous for his contemporary architecture and sculptural instillations that can be seen all over the world. His works include the Guggenheim in Bilbao Spain and works that I have been lucky enough to see in New York and in Sydney. Gehry has a very distinctive sculptural element to his work. It is easy to spot a Frank Gehry building in a crowd. As one of my personal favourite contemporary architects I have only seen three of his works so far, two of which sculptural instillations so I am looking forward to seeing some more of his work.
b. 27.03.1886 d. 17.08.1969
Mies van der Rohe was a pioneering German architect whose work was at the forefront of the modernist design movement. Mies van der Rohe was the director of the Bauhaus school of art and design from 1930-1933. After leaving Germany he moved to America where he was able to realise his dream of building a skyscraper, something that was not possible in Germany ( in the war years under Hitler’s reign over Germany).
He became the head of an architectural school in Chicago, and continued his work in the USA.
I think every person who reads this will know something of the work of Mies van der Rohe, either by his famous Barcelona chair (commonly seen in black).
Or by his very famous quotes:
“God is in the detail” Mies van der Rohe
Wait for it, this one you will definitely know:
“Less is more” Mies van der Rohe
The Golden Fish – Frank Gehry – 1992
Designed by Frank Gehry, another of my favourite architects. I was very happy to add this to my collection of Gehry buildings and scupltural installations.