More design nerdiness…

A prefab gas station designed by Jean Prouvé:IMG_1236 IMG_1235

IMG_1238He used corrugated aluminum and round cutouts to improve the rigidity of the structure, which can be constructed with only two to three people.

A gallery building and factory building by Frank Gehry:IMG_1293IMG_1322IMG_1269IMG_1294I have yet to be mature/seasoned/educated enough to appreciate Gehry. I mean, I get what he’s doing — deconstructivism, hooray. I just don’t like looking at it.

I don’t think Tadao Ando likes looking at it either, because this is how he treated Gehry’s project [more on his project in another post]:IMG_1320A factory building, where they assemble shop displays, by SANAA:IMG_1286IMG_1287These dreamy panels have three different designs for variety, are 11 meters high, and are made of 6 layers of plexiglass, the innermost of which is dyed white. The building is about 260 meters in circumference and is ovoid — asymmetry for the win!

We were not allowed to take photos inside, but it is beautifully top-lit and acoustically insulated. Prof. Elzeyadi would love it.IMG_1290It floats!IMG_1289The connection with the Nicholas Grimshaw factory building next doorIMG_1291Renata photobombedIMG_1376 Renzo Piano’s 6 m² off-the-grid living unitIMG_1377View from the top of the Vitra Tower — whose shadow can be seen in the bottom right corner of the photo