Mies van der Rohe: On first glance, you might find his buildings sterile. Look more closely, and you may discover elegant beauty in their minimalist design.
Famous for saying less is more, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe set the standard for 20th century architecture, designing some of the most significant modernist buildings in North America and Europe.
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Architect Jean Nouvel designs with a painterly eye, working with color, light, and shadow. Shimmering red and blue glass sheath the missile-shaped Agbar Tower in Barcelona. Nouvel’s Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis is shocking blue by day, and a palette of illuminated posters by night. A wild jumble of brightly colored boxes form Nouvel’s Quai Branly Museum in Paris. His Arab World Institute in Paris is covered with a lattice of aluminum lenses.
Dazzling architecture by Jean Nouvel can be found in many European and American cities. Learn more:
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Who is Peter Eisenman? Is he a “Structuralist”? A “Deconstructionist”? A “Postmodern theorist”? The venerable architect may be difficult to classify, but his works demand attention.
Eisenman’s Berlin Holocaust Memorial (Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe) is both abstract and chilling. Composed of 2,711 enormous stone slabs, the Berlin memorial opened in 2005 and continues to stir controversy.
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If ever an architect could capture the spirit of a nation, it’s the Pritzker-Prize-winning Eduardo Souto de Moura of Portugal. His works range from elegant, geometric modernist homes to the sleek engineering of the Burgo Tower in Porto.
Souto de Moura’s Paula Rêgo Museum in Cascais combines breathtaking pyramidal forms with earthy red concrete sheathing. The intense color contrasts with the surrounding green forest, and the startling shapes “prevent the project from being a neutral sum of boxes,” Souto de Moura said in his project description.
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During a career that spans more than fifty years, British architect Richard Rogers has helped shape the modern era. Rogers is known for his fascination for technology, designing transparent, machine-like buildings that are both beautiful and highly efficient.
His landmark works include Lloyd’s of London, the Millennium Dome, Madrid Barajas Airport Terminal 4, National Assembly for Wales, and, in Paris, the famous Centre Pompidou designed with Renzo Piano.
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