Contemporary architecture


Conteporary architecture is broadly defined . There is a big variaty of architectural styles and trends so precise definition of the term is difficult to articulate. However we can try to identify common features of contemporary buildings: an irregular or unusually shapes and construction, innovative approach to building or ecological and sustainable development. But there are drawbacks too. The eye-popping design are usually very expensive and sometimes unusual solutions may have bad functionality. Nevertheless contemporary architecture is a example of the great ideas coming true and this encourage me to travelling and visiting this extraordinary buildings.

Frank Ghery

A Canadian architect, Pritzker Architecture Prize winner. In Europe he is most famous of Guggenheima Museum in Blibao. Much of Gehry's work falls within the style of deconstructivism. His most recognizable works characterize by curvilinear shapes with titanium-clad covering. Despite artistic approach to design, Gehry's firm was responsible for innovation in engineering software. Before the era of FEM software dedicated to civil engineers Gehry's studio as the first used programs for airplane designs to calculate stresses in building scheme. People marvels at Gehry's buildings, and at the same time engineers clutch theirs heads in astonishment.

Santiago Calatrava

A Spanish architect, structural engineer, sculptor and painter, was born in Valencia. His style was created from combination of artist and constructor work. His buildings are modelled on simple elements from the natural world and the human body (e.g. a hand is a cantilever, a spine is a core of a body). However he is considered as controversial person. Calatrava's projects have often been completed late and well over budget. Other works have additionally been criticized for impracticality. Nevertheless there is still great demand for his works and a lot of architects envy him that.

Arata Izosaki

An architect from Japan, serve on jury of Pritzker prize. He started his career while working under Kenzo Tange. He gained worldwide fame by realising many projects both inside and outside Japan. In Poland he is famous from designing Manggha, the Museum Of Japanese Art And Technology in Cracow. Arata Isozaki founded the Spanish branch of his office "Arata Isozaki & Asociados España”, thus many of his works can be found there. Isozaki's style evolved from metabolist architecture, japanese minimalism to neomodernism and new brutalism. He is considered one of world's most illustrious architects.