Architecture is one of mankind’s most iconic and long-lasting forms of art. So let’s draw some inspiration from the best architects of all time with a glance into their incredible works.
1. Frank Lloyd Wright // Falling Water
Frank Lloyd Wright is known for revolutionizing 20th Century architecture with his Midwestern taste and sensibility. When designing his Prairie style creations, his major inspiration came from the low-lying structures scattered across the American plains. Designed as a response to the Victorian aesthetics, the Prairie House style exemplifies busy embellishments and a dark decor style combined clean horizontal planes and geometric lines.
However, Wright’s most remarkable structure is Falling Water which was designed for Pittsburgh department store magnate, in 1935. The structure features balconies that seem to be floating over a natural waterfall which is brilliantly incorporated into the design of the structure. Later in his profession, Wright integrated a lot of curvilinear elements in his designs. This triggered a major shift in the use of elements from rectangular to curvilinear which became the most celebrated expression in The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
2. Antoni Gaudí // La Sagrada Familia
Antoni built most of his famous architectural projects in Barcelona, where he spent his entire career but his magnum opus is the La Sagrada Familia cathedral. The construction of this Roman Catholic Church started in 1882 but is still unfinished. His distinctive style was a mix of Art Nouveau, Gothic Revival architecture, Baroque, Modernisme and Victorian elements and every detail of his work drew heavily upon neo-Gothic art and Oriental techniques.
Most of Guadi’s projects find inspiration from natural forms and feature ornamental tiles, stained glass, carpentry and wrought ironwork. The influence of nature is visibly evident in the tree-like columns of La Sagrada Familia and the undulating facade of Casa Milla, which is a clear reflection of the multi-peaked mountains near Barcelona.
3. Mies Van der Rohe // The Barcelona Pavilion
Inspired by the phrase, “Less is More”; this German architect paved the way for minimalistic architecture. His approach displaced ornamentation with elemental geometric forms and his signature style incorporates the use of innate qualities of construction material like plate glass and steel.
Motivated by another proposition, “Form equals Function” The architecture of The Barcelona Pavilion highlighted efficiency and rationalism in every element. Reputed as one of the pioneers of modern architecture, he designed several structures with steel and concrete frames wrapped in brick walls and glass partitions, including his work of genius – The Crown Hall. It received the AIA Gold Medal which is the highest honor awarded by the American Association of Architects.
4. Zaha Hadid // Cincinnati’s Rosenthal Center
The first woman ever to have won the Pritzker Prize; Zaha Hadid is world-renowned for her futuristic structures that employ a lot of swooping lines and curves instead of conventional linear geometry. Zaha has been an unwavering force in the field of architecture. Her big break came when she was commissioned the design and construction of Cincinnati’s Rosenthal Center. Ever since then there was no looking back for Zaha Hadid who went on to design a variety of projects including libraries, stadiums, archives, opera houses, and infrastructures for public transport, including the Bee’ah Headquarters and Abu Dhabi Performing Art Center.
5. Frank Gehry // Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
One of the most famous architects of the world today, Frank is an established architect known for this gravity-defying construction method. But, of all his innumerable commissions, the Guggenheim Bilbao remains his most remarkable work till date. The building resembles a large ship that is anchored along the Nervión River and is also known for reviving the fate of its host city.
Every architect listed above has made a huge mark in the history of architecture and massively changed the way modern architects think. If you too are inspired by the groundbreaking work of these famous architects and the endless variety of building materials they’ve used, Excella Global can help you recreate the versatility of their projects.
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