[Guest post by Dario Mabritto in Rome, Barcelona, Prague and St. Louis] These travel sketches were made during my university period. They are all buildings designed by famous architects. While I was studying their forms, I was trying to join the mind of the builder. During these exercises I was growing the technique of observation and reproduction.
Sagrada Familia (top of page), Barcelona, Spain. Architect: Antoni Gaudí
This cathedral was made over the course of many years by different people. It’s not finished yet. From the northeast elevation, we can recognize the original designer. Many stones’ details were perfectly planned one by one to join each other without the help of contemporary technologies.
Tancici Dum, Prague, Czech Republic. Architect: Frank Gehry
From one of the best contemporary architects, we expect a self-referential building as usual. In this case, the designer perfectly understood the context: He started from the horizontal lines of the closer building, and he turned them into a “deconstructive vortex” right on the corner.
|Tancici Dum, Prague|
Ara Pacis, Rome, Italy. Architect: Richard Meier
This is one of few contemporary buildings in Rome’s baroque downtown. Still being discussed since its opening on 21 April 2006, this rational container provides needed functions for the museum and creates a new urban place for citizens.
|Ara Pacis, Rome|
Torre Agbar, Barcelona, Spain. Architect: Jean Nouvel
It’s easy to guess where the concept comes from. This tall office building breaks the city skyline by imposing itself clearly and strongly. It seems to be a typology exercise. The next time we will expect fireworks from the top as well.
|Torre Agbar, Barcelona, Spain|
Gateway Arch, St. Louis, Missouri. Architect: Eero Saarinen
From Laclede’s Landing, the massive arch that emphasizes access to the western United States of America doesn’t seem so huge. Thanks to the point of view, the monument comes out from the Eads Bridge and is well-proportioned in the old context.
|Gateway Arch, St. Louis|
Dario Mabritto is an architect based in Rome, Italy, and a member of Urban Sketchers. You can see more of Dario's work here.