We are pleased to inform you about the latest issue of the Swisspearl Architecture magazine. Subscribe to our magazine to get the printed issue or download the PDF from the download area on our website.
About the magazine #26
This present magazine features buildings representing a wide variety of typologies and scales, built in an expansive geographic range, from an airport building in Slovakia, to a high school in the United States, a hospital building in Italy to a villa in Israel, to name just a few.
In addition to their use of Swisspearl fiber cement cladding, all these disparate buildings likewise share their lack of specificity to a place and the cross 18 pollination of forms. During the 1990s, architects began moving away from the ironic reinterpretation of historic forms of postmodernist architecture towards a more reduced set of simple, orthogonal forms stacked or arranged in ensembles. This approach remains popular today and many architects still favor flat roofs, orthogonal, abstract forms, and asymmetry.
The B66 office building in Kaunus, Lithuania, featured in the new magazine, is a pertinent example, with its arrangement of horizontal and vertical volumes with overlapping black Swisspearl panels. N2 House in Israel, with its delicate latticework and sleek lines, also typifies an enduring preference for abstract, orthogonal forms.
In recent years, straight lines and smooth surfaces have been rejected by many architects in favor of non-parallel, jagged lines and more complex shapes and surfaces; the type of forms that Robert Venturi might refer to as “impure.” Architects are interested in exploring architecture’s expressive nature. Rather than having clean strips of fenestration cut into the façade, the openings of the airport building in Bratislava are sinuous, wavy lines that wrap their way around the four-story structure as though moving visibly around the building.
Another pertinent example of the loosening up of forms is the façade of the low-slung, curved hospital reception building in Napoli, which is an interwoven basket of elongated Swisspearl panels and glazing in shades of greens and azure blue. As the façade curves around to meet the sun, the panels catch and reflect the light like the scales of a fish.
These projects are good examples of the ways that architects use material and form expressively, thus lending it more character and personality. Venturi’s maxim, “less is a bore,” interpreted in three dimensions.