Habitat 67
Ten Must-See Architecture Destinations
What architectural icons are on your absolutely must-see list?
Here are suggestions from a recent from an online design magazine. 
How many have you seen in person? 
What destinations would you add?  Subtract?
Alésia Museum Visitors Center
1. The MAXXI Museum, Rome, Italy - Architect: Zaha Hadid
2. Metropol Parasol, Seville, Spain - Architects: Jurgen Mayer H. Architects
3. Habitat 67, Montreal, Canada - Architect: Moshe Safdie
4. Park Güell, Barcelona, Spain - Architect: Antoni Gaudí. 
5. Alésia Museum Visitor’s Center, Burgundy, France - Architect: Bernard Tschumi
6. Opera House, Oslo, Norway - Architects: Snøhetta
7. Contemporary Architecture of Rotterdam, The Netherlands- Architects: Various
8. The Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee - Architect: Santiago Calatrava
9. HL 23 Apartment Building, New York, NY:  Architect: Neil Denari
10. MUCA Music Hall, Alicante, Spain - Architects: Cor & Asociados
 "Houses of The Year 2012" Announced 
by Architectural Record
Two Hulls House, Nova Scotia, Canada
MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
Two Hull House, Nova Scotia, CanadaOne of nine award winners this year, Two Hulls House by MackKaty-Lyons Sweetapple Architects is a 3,360-square-foot structure raised on concrete piers. Its twin pavilions are cantilevered 32 feet out toward the sea. The architects stress “place, craft, and community” in shaping their buildings. In their part of the world that means “it's always going to be a box,” states MacKay-Lyons, explaining that in a climate that shifts from freeze to thaw about 250 times a year, icicles will form on eaves and simple lines work best. “Then we cut openings in the box like Matta-Clark going at it with a chain saw.”  

This residential project and the architect's statement about cutting openings in the box, called to mind a bold contemporary home designed by Martin Holub Architects in 1998 in Duchess County, NY.  So I went back to my photo file to see how the design I remembered compared to Two Hulls and other 2012 contemporary residential architecture.  Holub's complex shifting of volumes and aggressive slicing through "the box" still looks fresh and compelling after 14 years.

Patricia Lane House
Duchess County, NY

Notable Quotes

"Architecture is the will of an epoch
translated into space."
 Mies van der Rohe, architect (1886-1969)

German Pavilion in Barcelona, Spain
Mies van der Rohe, 1929
 The Evolution of Architectural Practice in the US
What was it like to be an architect in the 1800s vs. the 1900s vs. today? How were architects trained then and now?  How have client demands, evolving city zoning and technology driven these changes?  During February, I taught a course at the 92 Street Y Tribeca in NYC called A Closer Look at New York City's Most Prolific Architects in which I discussed these ideas as we studied notable architects from the 19th to 21st centuries.  Here a a few images of early architectural offices in New York City that I used in my lectures.
The drafting room at McKim, Mead & White's
early 57 Broadway office.

Cass Gilbert's New York Office

A typical architect's office in the 1940s.
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and present and to encourage everyone to become "architectural travelers."
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