Lens-Artists Challenge #191:Curves + Architecture

Kunsthaus in Abensberg by Friedrich Hundertwasser

This week in Lens-Artists Challenge is all about curves and showing the curvy side of everything.When I saw the post of Leya, I immediately have these images in my mind.I love seeing unique and fludity in architecture and structures.I know that in nature there are abundant examples of it. As much as I adore the presence of angles, seeing curvilinear structures makes me excited.Domes, and spheres are a challenge when it comes to contruction but then that´s what it makes it special too.

I am a nature lover but from time to time, I admire modern building and have high respect for the power of engineering, architecture and design. And this is where Curves plays a crucial part.

Can you imagine living in a space like this?

“Futuro” can be enjoyed in front of the Pinakothek Moderne in Munich until 2022

Looks like an alien´s spacehip had landed! This “Futuro” modern house designed by the Finnish architect Matti Surronen is displayed in front of the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, Germany. I found the idea surreal.Be it in rectangular form and not in curvilinear would not be so eccentric.I guess curves really deviates from the normality…It is too stubborn to adhere to linear basics.Curious how curves and ellipse played a vital point in this design, then you can read it more further from the design philosophy of Matti Surronen.

When you have a large space to conquer, Curves is always the solution ” -Oscar Niemayer

Domical structure and curves inside the Kuwait Towers
Dome design details inside the Cathedral in Germany

 The thing with curves in architecture is crucial and bold. It always have an statement and have unique factor. While most architecture is rectilineal – all straight lines and squared angles , just like the Cubic Houses in Rotterdam– curves are often designed to soften a building’s impact, help the structure meld into the surrounding landscape.

“There are 360 degrees, so why stick to one ” – Zaha Hadid

I am actually a fan of architecture with curves. The basic shape of rectangular and square buildings are too predictable, almost no element of aesthetic, only pure function.When I saw that Lens-Artists Challenge theme for this week is all about Curves, I was definitely excited. I searched on my archives and found some of the places where I really appreciate the presence of “Curves” in these structures.

“There is no straight lines or sharp corners in nature, therefore buildings must have no sharp corners or straight lines – Anton Gaudi

I wonder how would the St. Mark´s Cathedral in Venice would looked like without curves?
The koleidoscope of shades and curves in the Saint Mark´s Cathedral in Venice
Details of the Dom Cathedral in Trier, Germany
The majestic Antiquarium inside the Residenz in Munich,Germany

For me, the sight of the curvilinear double cone of the BMW Welt here in Bavaria is one of the modern architecture that I would never get tired of.

Not only in Architecture, but in other forms of Arts, curves is always adamant to show it´s character. These stone boulders now carved into sculptures in the fields of Hessental here in Bavaria is really so striking. Stone sculpture are not that easy to make but the end result is really priceless.

Curves and avoiding sharp edges really made it into life.

I remember taking the tour inside the Berlin´s Reichtag where I saw this modern, domical structure which has a spiral curvilinear stairs inside where people can go up walking through it. The reflection of the curves against the bright sun is amazing.

Inside, spiral ramps offset by 180 degrees wind their way up in a double helix to a viewing platform that offers a panoramic view of the city. The parliamentary building has become a Berlin landmark that attracts about one million visitors every year.
Reichtag Building, Bundestag Berlin

One of my favourite architect was Zaha Hadid.The Iraqi-British Zaha Hadid became famous for her intensely futuristic architecture characterized by curving façades, sharp angles, and severe materials such as concrete and steel.She took the strongest materials in the world and manipulated them to form objects that appear soft and sturdy at the same time. Having curves in structural elements in her design did not weaken her design philosophy, nevertheless, it makes it stand out.

When I was in Innsbrück in Austria I saw one of her works. Here in this photo shows her unique concept “Shell and Shadow” in the Nordpark Railway stations.This design shows the unique architectural language of fluidity inspired by natural ice formations in the mountains of Innsbrück.

Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait -On each floor of the tower a skybridge connects the two wings and presents a dramatic spatial experience with deep sculpted windows in the south wall providing dramatic views south towards the city, the peninsula and the infinite desert beyond.
Al Hamra Towers in Kuwait
Curves and more elliptical forms the facade , The Avenues, Kuwait

Thank you Leya for hosting this challenge.

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Until then, Tschüss.

18 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #191:Curves + Architecture

  1. My oh my you DO get around!! Wonderful examples of architectural curves – love that you chose a single subject yet found so many places the fit the challenge. Excellent response Dutch!

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  2. What great examples of curves in architecture, especially the more modern ones. I share your love of Zaha Hadid’s work (the extension to the Serpentine Gallery in London is a wonderful example!) and I loved that quote from her 🙂

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  3. Wow! Those are gorgeous pictures! I still want to see the inside of the dome on the Reichstag but there are always lines of folks having the same thought that streches for… well…. let me put it this way: half way Potsdam I have seen them waiting. But one day, one day I will succeed! 🙂

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  4. I know that, it took us a while also going inside, but before Corona it´s another thing. Now it´s even more crazy to get inside. It´s surreal to see the interiors especially the halls where the government sits, i only saw it on internet and news but its another thing to see it on real.
    Thank´s Peter, always appreciate your feedback.I´m sure you´ll be there someday.

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  5. Hello Patti…thank you so much for the gracious comment. I´m glad you find it well. I´ll hope to join more cuz this group are full of wonderful people like you.Regards.Christina

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  6. These are absolutely superb! I love architecture, and of course Gaudí – the master of curves. Now you got me interested in seeing all these buildings in person – and Zaha Hadid – love the quote and love the architecture! A gorgeous entry!

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  7. A stellar collection of architectural curves. Even with all the buildings, inside and out, I found the boulder sculptures quite moving. There is indeed emotion that comes from the one you showed us. Very nice, Donna

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  8. Thanks so much, Christina! We have a great group of photographers participating every week. You’d be a wonderful addition to our community.


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