A ‘REV­O­LU­TION’ SHAPED BY 6 PRITZKER AR­CHI­TECTS

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - PROPERTY -

Ar­chi­tec­ture for the most part, is a con­tin­u­ous it­er­a­tion of fus­ing form and func­tion, thereby chal­leng­ing norms, pre­con­ceived no­tions, and aes­thet­ics.

The tal­ents of six of the world’s great­est ar­chi­tec­tural masters, who have in­flu­enced ar­chi­tec­tural move­ments over the past few decades, are now made avail­able to a wider au­di­ence through Rev­o­lu­tion Pre­crafted, the com­pany founded and cu­rated by Rob­bie Antonio.

Cel­e­brated ar­chi­tects such as Zaha Ha­did, Chris­tian de Portzamaprc, Paulo Men­des da Rocha, Philip John­son, and Kenzo Tange, have all won the pres­ti­gious Pritzker Ar­chi­tec­ture Prize, an award con­sid­ered to be the No­bel Prize for ar­chi­tec­ture and widely known as the Pulitzer for this field. Rev­o­lu­tion Pre­crafted’s role as a plat­form for great tal­ent is de­fined by the multi-awarded in­di­vid­u­als that it is able to bring to­gether. “To truly dis­rupt the real es­tate in­dus­try, we had to do some­thing that hasn’t been done be­fore, and bring­ing to­gether over 57 of the world’s best is some­thing that we have achieved in only a lit­tle over a year. I think the true beauty of this ex­er­cise is be­ing able to share beauty to a big­ger au­di­ence,” Antonio said. By cu­rat­ing the ar­chi­tects and de­sign­ers and en­abling their de­signs to be con­sumed by a greater ma­jor­ity, Rev­o­lu­tion al­lows for a greater dis­course on de­sign to be held not only in the lan­guage of de­sign, but also in the realm of prag­ma­tism. Rev­o­lu­tion Pre­crafted has col­lab­o­rated with Philip John­son Alan Ritchie Ar­chi­tects for a project that reimag­ines the orig­i­nal Glass House through a mod­u­lar home de­sign that will be made avail­able to a wide range of lux­ury home­buy­ers.

TheGlass House is con­sid­ered as an iconic frame­work shap­ing mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture. It was de­signed by Philip John­son, deemed a rev­o­lu­tion­ary of his time.

Zaha Ha­did, founder of Zaha Ha­did Ar­chi­tects, has a lot of ac­co­lades un­der her belt, in­clud­ing the Pritzker Ar­chi­tec­ture Prize in 2004. She is best known for de­sign­ing im­pos­si­bly com­plex and ut­terly chal­leng­ing curved struc­tures.

The MAXXI: Na­tional Mu­seum of 21st Cen­tury Arts in Rome, Italy and the Lon­don Aquat­ics Cen­tre for the 2012 Olympic Games are ex­cel­lent man­i­festos of Ha­did’s quest for com­plex, fluid space.

Jean Nou­vel mean­while has been known to chal­lenge mod­ernist and post-mod­ernist ar­chi­tec­ture by de­sign­ing spa­ces that re­spect the en­vi­ron­ment.

The Lou­vre Abu Dhabi, his new­est de­sign project will soon be another tes­ta­ment to how Nou­vel con­tin­ues to recre­ate the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment in man-made spa­ces. And the adapt­abil­ity of his struc­tures led him to de­sign two mod­u­lar struc­tures for Rev­o­lu­tion, the sim­ple home and the mod­u­lar mu­seum, made out of in­su­lated alu­minum pan­els.

The in­ter­con­nect­ed­ness of form and func­tion for ar­chi­tec­ture has al­ways been ev­i­dent in Chris­tian de Portzam­parc’s body of work. His most iconic build­ings turn ideas inside out, by in­ter­pen­e­trat­ing in­door and out­door spa­ces, or turn­ing sculp­tural forms into ver­ti­cal liv­able spa­ces.

He de­signed three dif­fer­ent prod­ucts for Rev­o­lu­tion, all ex­per­i­ment­ing with the func­tion­al­ity and mod­u­lar­ity. From mim­ick­ing the form of a ship to de­sign­ing fully mod­u­lar amenity spa­ces, Portzam­parc’s struc­tures for Rev­o­lu­tion is an evo­lu­tion in de­sign and aes­thetic.

One of Brazil’s most cel­e­brated liv­ing ar­chi­tects, Paulo Men­des da Rocha has an il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer. His aes­thetic, heav­ily in­flu­enced by Bru­tal­ist ar­chi­tec­ture, was meant to stand the test of time, both stylis­ti­cally and phys­i­cally.

The foun­da­tion of the Mod­ernist ar­chi­tec­tural form is con­crete and steel, al­low­ing for it to be built ex­pe­di­tiously and cost ef­fi­ciently, two con­sid­er­a­tions that are highly im­por­tant to Rev­o­lu­tion.

The mod­ernist move­ment in ar­chi­tec­ture has evolved in a myr­iad of ways, but none quite as sig­nif­i­cantly or as de­fin­i­tive as Kenzo Tange’s Metabolist Move­ment, which is a depar­ture from the pre World War II Ja­panese ar­chi­tec­ture.

His ex­po­sure to Western phi­los­o­phy dur­ing the war helped shaped his ca­reer and si­mul­ta­ne­ously the Ja­panese ur­ban land­scape. His work helped re­build Hiroshima shortly af­ter World War II, and his role was im­mor­tal­ized through the Hiroshima Peace Cen­ter and Me­mo­rial Park.

Chris­tian de Portzam­parc

Philip-John­son-and-Alan-Ritchie

Zaha Ha­did

Paulo Men­des de Rocha

Kenzo Tange

Jean Nou­vel

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