ABC of Architecture

Come on, have a bit of fun and test your architectural knowledge. Click “Play” above to enjoy a graphically beautiful film short, describing an alphabetical list of ‘the most important architects with their best known building’.

Created by the folks at Ombu Architecture, it is a concise but not complete list, understandably limited by the quantity of letters in the alphabet. “A lot of them have been left out with grief because we only need one for each letter and we done an effort to have differents nationalities.” It’s a tough assignment, but I think they did well!

Here is the alphabetical list.

Alvar AAlto _ Säynätsalo Town hall – Finland
Luis Barragán _ satellite towers – Mexico city
Santiago Calatrava _ Lyon – Satolas airport railway station – lyon France
Luís Domènech i Montaner _ Antoni Tàpies foundation – Barcelona
Eduardo Souto de Moura _ Paula Rego’s House of Stories _ Cascais _ portugal
Norman Foster_ London City Hall _ England
frank Gehry _ Guggenheim bilbao _ Spain
herzog & de meuron _ Beijing National Stadium _ CHina
Arata Isozaki _ Palau Sant Jordi _ barcelona
Philip Johnson _ The Glass House _ New Canaan _ United state
Louis Kahn _ National Parliament of Bangladesh _ Dhaka city
le corbusier _ Villa Savoye _ Poissy, Francia
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe _ barcelona pavilion _ Spain
oscar niemeyer _ National Congress of Brazil, Brasília
Joseph Maria Olbrich _ Secession building, vienna – Austria
César Pelli _ Petronas Twin Tower _ Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Giacomo Quarenghi _ the Smolny Institute _ St. Petersburg, Russia.
Renzo Piano + Richard Rogers _ Pompidou Centre _ Paris, Francia
Álvaro Siza _ Ibere camargo foundation _ porto alegre _ Brazil
kenzo Tange _ Tokyo Olympic Stadium – Japan
Jørn Utzon _ Sydney Opera House _ Australia
William Van Alen _ Chrysler Building _ New York City
frank lloyd wright _ guggenheim new york _ United state
Iannis Xenakis _ Philips pavilion _ Expo ’58 in Brussels
Minoru Yamasaki _ World Trade Center
Zaha Hadid_The Pierres Vives building _ Montpellier, France

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Casa Camper

Casa Camper. Simple, modern Boutique Hotels. One in Barcelona, and another in Berlin, two appropriately design centered cities. The design of these hotels distinctly reflects the Camper brand and identity, admittedly one of my favorites. The images here are of Casa Berlin, with bold graphics defining both the exterior and the interior environments. The numbered rooms visible to the passerby on the street, creates a graphic design grid of type, a large-scale artwork on the facade of the building. Designed with some unique planning concepts, and a restaurant by the acclaimed designers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, this is a Berlin destination not to be missed.

“At Camper we believe that luxury lays in simplicity, discretion, authenticity, healthy life and in understanding aesthetics as culture, as a source of inner satisfaction. Ultimately, a simpler, more human and more respectful way to relate to our world. Consistent with these beliefs, Casa Camper was born with the intention to bring Camper spirit and values to the hotel world, creating an innovative concept which combines a high degree of functionality and friendly aesthetics.”

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Anais Nin on Life by Artist Lisa Congdon

French-Cuban writer Anaïs Nin (1903-1977), wrote sixteen published diaries. An avid and insightful writer, documenting the human condition and  the exploration of challenge, culture and life’s meaning. From her earliest published journal written at age eleven, to the volumes written right up to her death, her work provides insight into the life of one of the most dedicated diarists in modern literary history. Artist Lisa Congdon has interpreted her written work contained in The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 3 , in these incredible works of art. Beautiful reminders to ponder, explore and challenge each day.

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DIY Wall Murals

Big graphic impact can really make a room. It creates a focal point and often plays with the scale of the space, making it feel larger. These wall murals are impactful, and a simple DIY install. The image printed fabric is canvas-like, which makes it easy to handle. The back is self adhesive. Just peel off the paper, press onto the wall, and smooth. A simple and cost effective way to create a new design direction in an afternoon. There is an interesting selection of available images, including modern, industrial and environmental themes. Each provides a very different effect, and offers an easy and creative way to enliven a space. You can customize your mural size, and even upload your own personal image to be printed for your installation. Incredible. And, oh-so fun.

Images and product source:  eazywallz

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Eye Popping Branding

Waldo Trommler Paints. Recognizable and striking thanks to the great branding and design work of Reynolds and Reyner. “No doubt, WTP is the most friendly and remarkable brand of paints on the shelf now. WTP has no corporate colors – it has a corporate identity, common for each design element – from business cards to packaging. Every item is a bright and memorable combination of colors and objects that all together form as a whole the entire brand. ”

Reynolds and Reyner truly believes in the power of design. “It’s not about making modern and high quality design, it’s an approach to process, which will serve as the basis of communication between brand and consumers.” Communication strikes us not only through what is read and heard, but also visually. This powerful design strategy speaks of identity, quality and the brand position, which are all understood with a glance at just one can of fabulous, eye catching paint.

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