Sunday, May 08, 2011

In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves.

Art Deco lives (although I’d argue that it was more a case of Art Moderne. Sandy Bay, April 2011.

Sunday and no church to visit AGAIN. Oh well, I’ll have to console myself with another Sunday Top Five.

This time I’m venturing back to the heady world of architecture, more specifically, (In No Particular Order And Off The Top Of My Head) My Top Five Favourite Architectural Movements Since The Beginning Of The Twentieth Century!

  • Googie: yeah, yeah… I know. Forgive me, but The Jetsens was very influential to an impressionable lad. A very American form, features of Googie include upswept roofs, curvaceous, geometric shapes, and daring use of glass, steel and neon. Think Googie, think Space Age.

  • Art Moderne: a common feature of Burnie, Art Moderne is a late type of the Art Deco design style that emphasised curving forms, long horizontal lines, and sometimes nautical elements.

  • Brutalist: in what will be a controversial choice for many. Whatever. I happen to like much of the Brutalism that flourished from the ‘50s to the mid-70s. Brutalist buildings usually have bold and repetitive angular geometries, and are generally made of concrete. You’ll find no shortage of these around, although they’re starting to knock them over

  • Deconstructivism: a response to modern straight lines, deconstructivism embraces ideas of fragmentation and manipulates a structure's surface, using non-rectilinear shapes to distort and dislocate key elements of a building. This style brings unpredictability to buildings, and I like the notion of ‘controlled chaos’. I for one blame the French.

  • Blobitecture: the new kid on the block. Who doesn’t like a blob? Blobitecture refers to buildings that have an organic, amoeba-shaped, bulging form. Liberated by computer software, architects now experiment with this "blobby" design to create forms. It’s not hit Tasmania yet, but we spotted a few of these beauties when we were in Melbourne.


Who Is Afraid of Alfred Hitchcock? said...

Hi! Kris...
I have to say that your quote is very apropos...I just checked-out each link and I have to agree with your assessment Of each building.
[I had taken art history courses in school and my instructor, discussed some Of the Architectural Movement that you focused on here in your post.]

"Art Deco lives (although I’d argue that it was more a case of Art Moderne."

Oh! yes, I have to agree the photograph is nice and the architecture do look more Art Moderne,than Art Deco.

Thanks, for sharing!
DeeDee ;-D

Who Is Afraid of Alfred Hitchcock? said...

Happy Mother's Day! ♥ to you,wife Jen, and your mum, and all mothers.
I hope that they all have a nice one today!
D.D. :-D

Kris said...

We celebrated with a zip around the Derwent Estuary with a couple of mums on board. Henry and Ezra made some excellent gifts and we retired home to a great big bowl of chocolate mousse.

me said...

Did we ever get Googie down here? Nothing would quite tie the centre of Campbell Town together like a Seattle-space-needle knock-off.

Kris said...

The only real Googie influences that I can recall were found in now long-gone drive-ins and the odd flourish at a service station here and there. By the time Tasmania caught up with the trend, it was long gone…