1893 by Edvard Munch, architecture, Bart Prince, Bruce Goff, CCD ENGINEERING LTD., Desert House, Frank Lloyd Wright, Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, organic architecture, Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. ”, Pablo Picasso, Ribcage Skeleton House, The Scream
When a design comes along that is so remarkably different as in the case of the Desert House also called the Ribcage Skeleton House, you definitely take notice! The only option is to analyze it in the hope of understanding such a design. One thing that can be certainly said is, it is undoubtedly a courageous design; that pushes the boundaries making it experimental and wonderfully innovative.
“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. ”
― Pablo Picasso, Pablo Picasso: Metamorphoses of the Human Form : Graphic Works, 1895-1972
An artist delivers a message but what is the message here in this instance ?
When shown to a random group to comment, these were the three prominent answers:
1. It can be inferred that the house is a message about beauty at the core, or in this case the bone
2. Is it about internal turmoil.
3. The main theory is about connecting with nature.
So let us look at the facts:
Insight into Kendrick Bangs Kellogg.
Kendrick Bangs Kellogg (born 1934) is an American architect known for being an innovator of organic architecture. His work has been described as the Sydney Opera House meets Stonehenge.
Kellogg’s architecture does not fit neatly into the same category as Frank Lloyd Wright, Bruce Goff, Bart Prince, or other organic architects.
Like Goff, Wright, and many other architects, Kellogg’s buildings are studies of layered, segmented, and unfolding space. A big difference between Goff and Kellogg involves the feeling of permanence and impermanence in their architecture.
With Goff, part of the excitement is that one feels that the wind could shake the house down, so lightly is the structure tethered to the earth. Kellogg houses feel heavy, firmly connected to their foundations. The beams and radiating members remind people of the stout keels and ribs in ships designed to weather storms. Kellogg’s visible interior structure reminds observers of spinal columns that supported the weight of whales or dinosaurs
Kellogg said, »To realize truly creative architecture you need clients with the vision and imagination to make the most of any site. Great clients are those who allow and architect the latitude to give them what they didn’t know they wanted until they have it! They are willing to risk being unique.
Desert House by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg- the project.
The Desert House located inJoshua Tree National Park, California, United States was actually conceived in 1988 and completed in 1993. The home is made of steel, copper, concrete and glass.
Description by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg
The most important architectural house you may have never seen. It is physically of the desert, a part of its surroundings. The strength of the hard and rugged protective shell exterior is drawn from the desert. The interior is a warm intimate space of flowing organic shapes. The property highlights the masculine and feminine forms that are the hallmark of organic architecture.
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