As I stated in a previous post, I DO like modern architecture. Some of the most inventive, hypnotizing, and dynamic structures societies have erected fall under the "modern" or "post-modern" classification of architecture. For a sacred environment, I also have made no qualms about passionately preferring traditional edifices over the more progressive arrangements that characterize so many churches this day and age (especially in Europe).
MIT's Stata Center
For those of you who find secular avant-garde architecture appalling, please turn away immediately. The following images might be too disturbing.
Below is MIT'S Stata Center. Opened for occupancy in 2004, the center houses the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, as well as the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy.
For me, the Stata Center symbolizes a society within a society. The design implies that what takes place inside this structure is different than what takes place anywhere else, and that conventional thought is turned completely upside down within it. It has whimsical, structural allusions to fairytale cottages or to something you might see inside Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Unfortunately, in 2007 MIT sued Frank Gehry - the designer of the center - as well as the construction company who built it for supposed design and structural flaws.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
You tell me what this is
Let me start out by giving you the name: Church of the Most Holy Trinity, but sometimes referred to as "Wotruba Church." It is located in Vienna, and was designed by famed twentieth century Austrian sculptor Fritz Wotruba.