First were the thick stone walls, the arches, then the domes and vaults — of the architect, searching out for wider spaces.

Now it is concrete-reinforced that gives our imagination flight with its soaring spans and uncommon cantilevers. Concrete, to which architecture is integrated, through which it is able to discard the foregone conclusions of rationalism, with its monotony and repetitious solutions.

A concern for beauty, a zest for fantasy, and an ever-present element of surprise bear witness that today’s architecture is not a minor craft bound to straight-edge rules, but an architecture imbued with technology: light, creative and unfettered, seeking out its architectural scene.

As Charles Baudelaire once said, “The unexpected, the irregular, the surprise, the amazing are an essential part and characteristic of beauty.”

 

– Oscar Niemeyer [1907-2012]

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About Martijn Giebels

Architect • Founder of www.architectureofthegames.net • Writes about Architecture, London, Photography and the Olympic Games • Lives in the Netherlands

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