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1 DBA Deconstructing Beauty in Architecture SCCV 2013

2 Swedens most beautiful house?

3 All buildings must be executed in such a way as to take account of durability, utility and beauty. Vitruvius

4 To describe a building as beautiful therefore suggests more than a mere aesthetic fondness; it implies an attraction to the particular way of life this structure is promoting through its roof, door handles, window frames, staircase and furnishings. A feeling of beauty is a sign that we have come upon a material articulation of certain ideas of a good life. Alain de Botton The Architecture of Happiness, 2006, p72

5 The Idea The contemporary context Assumption of society Assumption of the human being A way of life The Building Scale, color, light, textures, materials, form, proportions, symmetry Cost Expression of the idea References/ associations

6 The Material Usefulness, work performed; shelter, activities The Aesthetic Individual level, experience, reactions, emotions, feelings The Symbolic Social level, social/ cultural context, associations, meaning, identity, communication

7 "Architecture is always marshalling possibilities from all directions to do something that hasn't happened before, … "Not for the hell of it, not for your ego but to create a degree of progress and make life more adventurous and give a sense of drive to society as a whole. Rem Koolhaas


9 Experiencing architecture Solids and cavities Color Scale and proportion Rhythm Texture Daylight Hearing Steen Eiler Rasmussen, Experiencing Architecture, 1959/ 1992


11 The buildings Chosen to represent different aspects of beauty – Classicism – (Romantic) – Modernism – Post-modernism

12 An example Schloss Neuschwanstein, Bavaria, Germany

13 Buildings assigned, in group order:

14 1 Villa Rotonda, Andrea Palladio, 1570, Italy

15 2 Villa Savoie, le Corbusier, 1929, Paris, France

16 3 Guggenheim Museum, Frank Gehry, 1990s, Bilbao, Spain

17 4 Seattle Central Library, Seattle USA, Rem Koolhaas & Joshua Prince-Ramus, 2004

18 Fallingwater, 1935-39, Frank Lloyd Wright, Bear Run, Pennsylvania, USA

19 Kölner Dom, Cologne, Germany

20 Monticello, Thomas Jefferson, ca 1772, Charlottesville, Va, USA

21 Farnsworth House, Plano, Illinois, USA, Mies van der Rohe, 1945-51

22 The Forbidden City, Beijing, China

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