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By Rodolfo Machado, Rodolphe el-Khoury

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A variety of architectural works lately accomplished across the world express a selected sensibility top defined through the time period "monolithic". a few of these works have already received a definite notoriety, basically due to their robust actual presence in vital city settings. Others are nonetheless less than development or have not begun to be discovered. This publication provides this debatable modern phenomenon to most people. having a look heavily at numerous structures in Europe, Japan and the US, the essayists got down to outline monolithic structure in its higher context, trying to find its actual and conceptual roots in previous occasions and offering the reason why such constructions either solution definite modern questions and impress emphatic public reaction. The works contain tasks by means of such tested figures as Peter Eisenman (Max Reinhardt Haus, Berlin) and Rem Koolhaas (Sea alternate Centre, Zeebrugge, Belgium), in addition to by way of up-and-coming architects, akin to Herzog and de Meuron (Signal field, Basel, Switzerland) and Phillipe Samyn (Belgian Forestry division Shell, Marche-en-Famenne, Belgium). The tasks diversity from grand public showcases (Jean Nouvel's Tokyo Opera residence) to non-public houses (Ungers and Kinslow's T-House, Wilton, New York), therefore demonstrating that monoliths usually are not easily huge yet, really, resonant of yes different features. those structures essentially percentage an severe economic climate and straightforwardness of total shape; such a lot attribute is their means to carry great eloquence with only a few formal capacity. a few undertake basic, common configurations, others restrict extra gestural impulses to a transparent and unmarried utterance. such a lot comprise substantial planimetric and sectional complexities inside strict volumetric restraint. All have a monolithic personality that ostensibly defies present preoccupation with fragmentation and heterogeneity. This presentation of provocative yet lesser-known tasks by way of amazing figures at the modern architectural scene is a contribution to the continuing debate relating to shape - and formalism - in structure and an invaluable addition to each structure library. This publication files an exhibition prepared via The Heinz Architectural Centre, The Carnegie Museum of artwork, Pittsburgh with Rodolfo Machado and Rodolphe el-Khoury serving as guest-curators.

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