World’s Famous Architects and Their Outstanding Works

Brilliant minds all over the world in different time frames had been a great contribution in the field of Architecture. Their works not only made an “obra maestra” but it also gave inspiration to the young minds of the aspiring architects of today.

Tom Wright

 

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He is a British architect born in 1957. Wright is worldwide known for designing the wonderful Burj Al Arab in Dubai, UAE. He has been assigned to create a symbol for Dubai. “he Tower of the Arabs is basically a symbol for moving forward into the future, and this is symbolized with the help of the shape of the tower itself, which is a yacht sail with an extremely stylish and modern outlook.” (http://www.colorcoat-online.com/blog/index.php/2011/06/15-architects-who-changed-our-perspective-of-the-world/)

“If you can draw a building with a few sweeps of the pen and everyone recognizes not only the structure but also associates it with a place on earth, you have gone a long way towards creating something iconic” (Tom Wright, 2000)

His Work: Burj Al Arab

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At 321 m (1,053 ft), Burj Al ArBurj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m (920 ft) from Jumeirah beach and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. The shape of the structure is designed to mimic the sail of a ship. Beach and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. The shape of the structure is designed to mimic the sail of a ship.

Jean Nouvel

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He is a French architect with an impressive career over decades winning several prestigious awards, such as the Aga Khan Award for Architecture or the Pritzker Prize in 2008. The Arab World Institute in Paris and the Torre Agbar in Barcelona are two of his most talked about works in the field of architecture when it comes to mentioning his name. His designs are concentrated to “plated-art” and the such, having a very detailed structure.

Torre Agbar Barcelona

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Torre Agbar reaches the sky at 34 stories tall and 142 meters (466 feet) in height. The sructure was inspired by the belief ”a distant echo of old Catalan obsessions, carried on the winds that blow in from Montserrat”, inspired by the architectural legacy of Antoni Gaudí.

The second skin of the said structure that adds sparkle to the building, is made up of 59,619 sheets of clear glass. There are 4,400 windows accompanied by louvers that tilt in various directions to block out any direct sunlight. At night, the tower becomes yet more magnificent, with 4,500 yellow, blue, pink, and red lights illuminating the exterior.

 Louis Kahn

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He is an American architect who lived in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He is also a professor of architecture and a design critic at the Yale School of Architecture. Louis has been fascinated by history and the ancient ruins of our World, making this his inspiration in making his very own architectural design.

Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban

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Construction began in 1961 by the Construction began in 1961 by the Government of Pakistan as a permanent building for the federal legislature and was completed after the country’s war of independence and several decades — on 28 January, 1982. It was also featured in the movie “My Architect.”

Renzo Piano

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He is an Italian architect, he is well known all over the world in his profession. He had been awarded Pritzker Prize for Architecture for his spectacular and resounding architectural styles, the American Institute for Architects Gold Medal and the Sonning Prize in Denmark.

“High-tech” architect as he is majority of his designs are focused on inhabiting the building, and “serene” outlook of the structures he make.

Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center New Caledonia

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Approximately 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) northeast of the historic centre of  approximately 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) northeast of the historic centre of Nouméa, the capital of New Caledonia, celebrates the vernacular Kanak culture. The formal curved axial layout, 250 metres (820 ft) long on the top of the ridge, contains ten large conical cases or pavilions (all of different dimensions) patterned on the traditional Kanak Grand Hut design. It was constructed between 1993 and 1998.

Philip Johnson

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An American architect, living between 1906 and 2005. Before he was famous he was focused on building the typical glass and steel towers, sooner or later later he brought his trademark to the scene by designing wonderful crystal structured buildings, which look as if they are covered in glass on all sides.

His architectural design is a mixture of Minimalism as Pop Art, and they have been always seen either as a provocation or accepted quickly. He also collaborated with fellow architect Louis Mies van der Rohe on the Seagram Building project.

Crystal Cathedral in California, USA 

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The Crystal Cathedral in California, USA is one of his famous work.The Crystal cathedral is a church building in garden grove, orange county, California, USA. This wonderful master piece was completed in 1981, it can seat 2,736 people. the church is also known to be one of the largest musical instruments in the world, the hazel wright memorial organ.

Frank Lloyd Wright

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He was said to be one of the most famous architects in the 20th century. He believes that  the organic style of architecture and improved concept of Usonian house which is an architectural style free of conventional details and is  focused on landscaping as the main part of the project can be bring the architecture industry a notch higher! Indeed, he made projects that made his name known in the said field.

Guggenheim Museum in New York City, USA

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One of his most famous projects is the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, USA. It is an art museum. It is said to have a continuous spatial helix, a circular ramp that expands as it coils vertiginous around an unobstructed well of space capped by a flat-ribbed glass dome. A seamless construct, the building evoked for Wright ‘the quiet unbroken wave.

Sources:

http://www.colorcoat-online.com/blog/index.php/2011/06/15-architects-who-changed-our-perspective-of-the-world/ http://www.aviewoncities.com/barcelona/torreagbar.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jatiyo_Sangshad_Bhaban http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Marie_Tjibaou_Cultural_Centre http://www.greatbuildings.com/buildings/Guggenheim_Museum.html