Favorite Architectures

Two of my favorite architectures/buildings are the Centre Georges Pompidou (architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, Paris, France, 1970s) and the FAU-USP Building (architects Vilanova Artigas and Carlos Cascaldi, São Paulo, Brazil, 1960s).

Centre Georges Pompidou: shape
FAU-USP Building: shape

I would say that two adequate reading keys that can be used to analyze such architectures are: first, shape, since both buildings have a very similar and simple shape, that is, a parallelepiped.

Second, discretize, since both buildings seem to have smaller particles responsible for shaping the whole. In the case of the Brazilian building, there is a repetition of particles such as pillars and the roof dome; in the case of the French building, there is repetition in the trusses and in the façade system.

At first sight, such buildings may seem anachronistic taking into account parametric features, but I wonder if even when dealing with architectures that might not have the aesthetics usually attributed to parametric architecture, parametric procedures could be applied to make some design decisions more efficient. Perhaps in the case of FAU-USP, such procedures could have been used in the calculation of concrete forms, and in the case of Beauborg, in the positioning of multiple façade infrastructures.

But beyond the parametric discourse, what makes me most fascinated with such architectures is the powerful social discourse employed through the incorporation of public space as the building’s core.

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