1983

Arquitectonica

Capital Park West     Houston

1   b   c




Infringement Complex   2308
Infringement Complex Plus Ultra   2376
Girard Collage   2389

1996.04.23
regarding Capital Park West
The real scale issue here is the irony of how a car garage can take on such a massive scale, and in many ways is comparable to the repetition of Wanamaker's and perhaps even the Altes Museum. ...makes use of simple shapes and overall patterning and employs them at a super scale, thus simultaneously disguising and exploiting the large scale of the project. ...present all the shorter elevations in front of the parking wall to demonstrate just how large the parking is.
The towers without the parking in front bring up another set of scale issues. Again there is the exaggerated use of simple forms. The stacked tower employs discernible cantilevers and overlarge windows in simple primary shapes. The cantilevers are definitely reminiscent of the PSFS building and the large windows are similar in scale with the PSFS building and the large (window) openings are similar in scale with the PSFS sign. Another comparison with the large windows is with the Parliament Building for Islamabad and this makes me want to generate some perspectives with the Parliament Building for Islamabad within the office park. Another comparison is between the conical tower and Firminy, where both demonstrate an exaggerated use of primal forms and thus somehow fill the eye in terms of scale.
...Capital Park West compared to the Great Pyramid and the Washington Monument. The reason for this is to compare primal shapes wrought large, and I suspect the Pyramid is going to be a tremendous eye opener, as always.

1997.08.09
racing thoughts
...creating new urban landscapes with deformed models from Quondam's collection. ...start with an analysis of Arquitectonica's Capital Park West. ...relate to the deformation of the Center City Philadelphia model. ...a manifestation of the metabolic imagination.


1998.04.20
Capital Park West

2011.10.04 14:02
Did deconstruction turn into blobitecture some time in the 90's?
For a very good representation of Arquitectonica's earliest work see GA Document 7, August, 1983 (and compare these early projects to the OMA projects presented within Delirious New York).

2011.10.08 09:14
Did deconstruction turn into blobitecture some time in the 90's?
In the meantime, take a look at Koolhaas and Oorthuys's "Ivan Leonidov's Dom Narkomtjazjprom, Moscow" published in Oppositions 2, January 1974. Arquitectonica's Capital Park West is clearly a decendent of Leonidov's project (via Koolhaas).


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