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Herzog & de Meuron
The duet of sublime and the picturesque one
Philip Ursprung, August 29, 2010
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Herzog & De Meuron_Prada building_Tokyo
 
There is a formal contrast in Herzog & de Meuron’s work between spirals (with their organic symbolism) and the orthogonal forms of industrial mechanics. In projects like the Pilotengasse housing built in Wien-Aspern (1987–92), the double hull of the SUVA House extension (1988–93), the Railway Engine Depot, Auf dem Wolf (1989–95), and the new de Young Museum (1999, projected completion 2004), the architects have built up rationally ordered compositions from parts that retain a discrete individuality. In this way, Herzog & de Meuron present “the simultaneity of different occurences” and allow the outside and inside to interpenetrate (sse the Prada building, Tokyo). Analogies in the world of painting and sculpture run from the works of Helmut Federle to the Minimalist sculptures of Donald Judd.

Herzog & De Meuron_Prada building_Tokyo
Herzog & De Meuron_Prada building_Tokyo
 
Herzog & De Meuron_Prada building_Tokyo
Herzog & De Meuron_Prada building_Tokyo
 
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