Travelling 2015. Don’t you like Expressionist architecture? Here, top ten Expressionist buildings? Choose one of them and plan a trip!
What is Expressionist architecture? Distortion of form for an emotional effect; subordination of realism to symbolic inner experience; tendency more towards the gothic than the classical; conception of architecture as a work of art; and an underlying effort at achieving the new, original, and visionary.
Top ten Expressionist buildings all around the world: Einstein Tower, Chilehaus, Ronchamp Chapel, JFK International Airport, Sydney Opera House, Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Lotus Temple, Tenerife Auditorium, Museum of the American Indian in Washington, and Border-Checkpoint by Machablishvili.
1.- Einstein Tower in Potsdam near Berlin, by Erich Mendelsohn (1919-1921). The Einstein Tower is an astrophysical observatory in the Albert Einstein Science Park in Potsdam, Germany built by Erich Mendelsohn. The telescope supports experiments and observations to validate (or disprove) Albert Einstein’s relativity theory.
2.- Chilehaus by Fritz Höger in Hamburg, Germany (1923). The Chilehaus is a ten-story office building located in the Kontorhausviertel. It is an exceptional example of the 1920s Brick Expressionism style of architecture.
3.- Ronchamp Chapel in France, by Le Corbusier (1954). Warning against decadence, reformers within the Church looked to renew its spirit by embracing modern art.
4.- JFK International Airport in New York, by Eero Saarinen (1956-62).
‘…a building in which the architecture itself would express the drama and specialness and excitement of travel… a place of movement and transition… The shapes were deliberately chosen in order to emphasize an upward-soaring quality of line. We wanted an uplift.’ Eero Saarinen.
5.- Sydney Opera House, by Jorn Utzon (1957-1963). Though its name suggests a single venue, the project comprises multiple performance venues: Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
6.- Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, by Kenzo Tange (1964). The Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, built for the Olympics in 1964, is the most famous work by the Japanese architect Kenzo Tange. It catapulted him to international fame and to the Pritzker Prize. Its aerodynamic, monumental and suggestive!
7.- Lotus Temple in New Delhi, by Fariborz Sahba (1986).The Lotus Temple has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. It’s so beautiful!
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8.- Auditorio of Tenerife, Canary Islands, by Santiago Calatrava (2003). The majestic profile of the auditorium has become an architectural symbol of the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and it’s regarded as one of the finest modern building in the Canary Islands and in Spain.
9.- Douglas Cardinal’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. (2004). Disagreements during construction led to Cardinal’s being removed from the project, but the building retains his original Expressionist design.
10.- Border-Checkpoint by Luke Machablishvili. The latest in a string of infrastructure projects in Georgia is a twisted cascade of concrete forming a checkpoint at the border with Armenia by architect Luka Machablishvili.
Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you!