Remodel of Gehry House: On the wall in the background, glass is used as an outer lining material, the interior lining and insulation is visible. Space is questioned in the unusual angle of glass roof/ceiling created in the foreground. What happens to the "waste space"? A precursor to programme areas wrapped in a skin? If these assumptions are questioned enough, can this still be recognised as a house?
The Peak Competition, Hong Kong, Zaha Hadid (1982-1983): This building was the winning entry for The Peak Competition in Hong Kong. It was never built. It has groups of angles and lines that are chaotic to each other but in families. Jagged edges contrast with other buildings but are more at home on the mountain as an extension of the mountain itself. sites.google.com/...
Remodel of Gehry House, Santa Monica, CA, USA, Frank Gehry (1979-1988): Gehry challenges the assumption of what materials were used for. The cyclone fence is used in a sculptural like fascade/roof that doesn't shelter and corrugated iron, once relegated to rural sheds, is the main material used on the exterior of the house. Note the front door is almost an afterthought.
Jewish Museum: Aerial View. The shape of the building in plan is a further statement of the instability and chaos created by the holocaust. Yet there is a couple of straight lines in it. A sign of hope? Of rationality in chaos? The lines are cut through but are still intact.
Remodelling of Roof-top, Biberstrasse Offices, Vienna, Austria, Coop Himmelblau (1985): The roof-top of an office building has been remodelled to take full advantage of the views and light. The structure was designed to frame views (some of them were not desirable) and express the flow of energy in a "taut arc". The line dips below the "ground" of the extension. What an opportunity!
Parc de la Villette, Bernard Tschumi, Paris (1982-1998): Reclaimed post industrial areas combine urban and rural structures. The park is dotted in a grid pattern with follies that are no longer working - they are parts of machinery and buildings. The past is fractured, but is reassembled in a grid, creating a rarefied atmosphere and context to look back with in retrospect.
Netherlands Dance Theatre, The Hague, The Netherlands, Rem Koolhaas (1987-1988): It is not in any sense a traditional building. It does not have symmetry, rhythm or linearity. I do think it does have a certain balance though. The building is well represented here by an abstract painting by the architect.