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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Today's archidose #159

Here's a couple images from bjorn_cph's Boston ArchitecTour, showing two different uses of brick in a 50-year span.

DSC_0878, originally uploaded by bjorn_cph.

MIT Chapel (1955) by Eero Saarinen.

DSC_0982, originally uploaded by bjorn_cph.

Stata Center (2004) by Frank Gehry.

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  1. What an amazing contrast... The curved walls and rustication of the Chapel against the sharp, smooth wall of the Stata Centre. It's incredible how such contrasting moods can be created just by using brick alone!

  2. I would like to suggest that the two brick walls are connected by six degrees of separation or less...

    (1) eero saarinen emigrated from finland where his father
    (2) eliel was a key proponent of scandinavian romanticism, the main monument of which,
    (3) ragnar östberg's stockholm city hall introduced the peculiar pseudo-medieval brickwork treatment found in the MIT-chapel and also in the work of
    (4) alvar aalto, another finn with his roots in the national romantic movement, especially in nearby baker house...
    (5) frank gehry much later named aalto as a major influence on his buildings and values, though that connection is more obvious in his early LA work than here... ;)

  3. s+s: Number five's a bit weak (Aalto's influence could connection him to a lot of architects), though I like the six degrees connection.


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