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The Architectural Trio: Edition #1
Every week, probably on Sundays, I am going to outline my three favourite architectural designs from the last seven days. This will expose anyone who reads my blog, whether involved in the profession or not, to fantastic architecture, hopefully providing inspiration and respect for quality design.
Guggenheim Helsinki, Finland, Moreau Kusunoki
This week the winner of the Guggenheim Helsinki competition was announced. The design from Moreau Kusunoki, a small Parisian firm, was selected from 1,751 entries. Although the images are renders, I am confident that the finished building will represent the prestigious Guggenheim group of museums appropriately. I admire the Asian aspects of the design, such as the curved slanted roofs and courtyards, and think the roof structure to admit natural light into the museum will be striking when viewed from the interior.
Casa Meztitla, Mexico, EDAA
This week the winner of the Guggenheim Helsinki competition was announced. The design from Moreau Kusunoki, a small Parisian firm, was selected from 1,751 entries. Although the images are renders, I am confident that the finished building will represent the prestigious Guggenheim group of museums appropriately. I admire the Asian aspects of the design, such as the curved slanted roofs and courtyards, and think the roof structure to admit natural light into the museum will be striking when viewed from the interior.
Wirra Wirra Pavilion, Australia, Matthew Woodward
This pavilion is located in the large garden of the architect's family home, and cantilevers two and a half meters over a natural dam. He completed it during his final year of his architecture MA, utilising local materials such as tallowwood and Somersby white sandstone. Since the pavilion’s name translates to green tree from its indigenous roots, it is appropriate that this stunning expression of minimalism blends into its natural surroundings. Similar to Casa Meztitla, the glazing panels can be moved to open up the building during summer, whereas in winter the thermal capacity of the concrete roof captures and stores heat, maintaining a fairly constant temperature. The style used by the architect in this pavilion is popular at the moment, so there are many similar buildings. However Woodward’s attention to detail shines through to elevate the pavilion above similar counterparts.