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Comparative architecture thought

Done by: Mohammad Rasim


Guild house architect

Robert Venturi

location

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

date

1963

style

Post modern

construction

Reinforced concrete

type

residential

Sometimes called the father of Post-Modern art, Robert Venturi challenged the prevailing modernism and Mies's dictum that less is more. (For Venturi, less was a bore.) He and Denise Scott Brown championed the vernacular, saying that "Main Street is almost all right," and saw the possibilities in the commonplace--or in making the common, uncommon. At about the same time as Pop Art in painting and in sculpture--which often used ordinary objects or mass-market images, their architecture embraced the ordinary. In addition, they argued for an architecture of complexity, contradiction, ambiguities, and paradoxes--as opposed to the simple elegance of the best modern architecture.


Guild house architect

Robert Venturi

location

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

date

1963

style

Post modern

construction

Reinforced concrete

type

residential

The entrance has a white brick "base" and the fenestration terminates in an arched window--illuminating the common room on this top floor (not relegated to the basement!). Missing is the original gold anodized aluminum television antenna on the roof above the central bay, which presumably referred to the primary preoccupation of the elderly residents. The stepped-back sides allow for more windows with sunny exposures.


Guild house architect

Robert Venturi

location

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

date

1963

style

Post modern

construction

Reinforced concrete

type

residential

Like the screen facades on some medieval cathedrals, this front deceives as to what lies behind. Note, for example, the slits in the masonry at the top, revealing that the building is discontinuous there.

Another eccentric detail is the white brick "string course" which is interrupted by the windows, rather than being placed logically as a horizontal division defining a floor level. These details are decorative paradoxes rather than logical.


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