Friday, July 29, 2011

Architecture: Bringing Light to Darkness

Perception requires light over darkness. Without light we cannot see. Architects use light to reveal space. As much as we might say that architecture is a pile of building materials we could also say that it is the manipulation of light to reveal form. The architect's palette consists of light, shadows, and revelations of color.
1. U-Bahn station, Munich.

Understanding space (architecture) is no different than understanding the manifestation of any other thing.

The following examples may shed light on the subject.

2. Guggenheim Museum by Frank Lloyd Wright.
3. Futuna Chapel, Wellington, New Zealand.
John Scott, architect.
4. AIG Tower, Hong Kong.


5. Hagia Sophia, Istanbul.
6. Grand Central terminal, New York.
7. Pan American Exposition, Temple of Music.
8. Ohare neon walkway, Chicago.
9. Sainte-Chapelle, Paris.
10. Sainte-Chapelle, Paris.
11. Pennsylvania station, New York. (Demolished.)
Photos:
1. Guido Worlein
2. Kaschkawalturist
3. Craig Martin
4. Chow Meisy
6. Mark Estabrook
7. C.D. Arnold
8. Chicago at Night
9. Jean-Christophe Benoist
10. Didier B
11. Unknown

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