Inspiration & Motivation

Out of the whole history of Art and Architecture, here are shown a few of the world's finest examples and what to learn from them.

Azadi (برج آزادی‎, Borj-e Āzādi; Freedom) Tower in Teheran by Hossein Amanat (1971)

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Borneohof in Amsterdam by Geusebroek Stefanova Architecten (2011)

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St. Antonius Church in Basel by Karl Moser (1927)

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Jewish Museum in Berlin by Daniel Libeskind (2001)

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Meander in Amsterdam by KK Architects (2006)

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Argentinië Amsterdam in Amsterdam by Breitman & Breitman-Krier (2012)

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Zollverein School of Management and Design in Essen, Germany by SANAA (2003)

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Tama Art University in Tokyo by Toyo Ito (2007)

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Queen Alia International Airport in Ammam, Jordan by Foster + Partners (2013)

Allow your construction to carry its weight with elegance and the weight will not be experienced as weight at all.

Salginatolbelbrücke in Switzerland by Robert Maillart (1930), Eiffel Tower in Paris by Gustave Eiffel (1889), Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (360) and Bibliothèque nationale in Paris by Henri Labrouste (1868).

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If the sky is the limit, make sure your building stresses it’s own hight, whether it’s art deco, gothic or classical. Horizontality kills your building.

From left to right: Woolworth building in New York by Cass Gilbert (1913), Wrigley building in Chicago by GAP&W (1921), Boerentoren in Antwerpen by Jan Van Hoenacker (1932) and Chrysler building by William van Alen (1930).

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Another beautiful redestination project in the Netherlands. The Selexyz Bookstore in the Dominicanenkerk in Maastricht by Merkx & Girod

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Three great examples of redesignation in Amsterdam. Café-restaurant Open by Pi de Bruijn, de Gashouder (Westergasfabriekterrein) by Braaksma & Roos and de Bazar by Kossmann.deJong

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“Wer nicht von dreitausend Jahren
sich weiß Rechenschaft zu geben,
bleib im Dunkeln unerfahren,
mag von Tag zu Tage leben.”

—   Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

Construction too is a way to decorate and express an idea, not merely a tool to keep your building from falling down.

From upper left to lower right: Calat Alhambra in Granada (1238), Palace Ducale in Venice (1424), King’s College Chapel in Cambridge (1515), Grand Palais in Paris (1900), Hotel Tassel by Victor Horta in Brussel (1894) and Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe in Barcelona (1929)

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