The Best Architects in the World
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“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”- Winston Churchill
Building design at its visionary best engages, exhilarates, and inspires. It possesses a quality—almost indescribable—that embodies design ingenuity, connection to place, and, above all, imagination.
But today’s architectural monuments aren’t meant only to be admired from afar. Indeed, the entire globe serves as the canvas for the creative elite, as you’ll see in our selection of some of the greatest architects of all time.
1. Zaha Hadid: Designer of an Era
Iraqi designer, an architect, Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid was born in Baghdad, Iraq on 31-October-1950 and passed at the age of 65 in Miami. She left behind her iconic master piece designs which are still appreciated by the world.
Elizabeth, the queen of England applauded her for her endowments to the field of architecture. The stellar architect achieved many heights with famous awards such as the Order of the British Empire in 2002, Nobel Prize of Architecture in 2004, Stirling Prize for her Evelyn Grace Academy, London in 2011.
Some of Hadid’s career-best architectures include:
Vitra Fire Station
The building took 2 years to get built, commencing in 1991. Initially, the building was supposed to finish as a Fire Station but apparently, got converted into a Space Exhibition.
Furthermore, she received an international applause for her work in 2000, for the Phaeno Science Center, an eye-catching monument of 9000 square metres in Wolfsburg, Germany. It took 3 years for it to be furnished completely, beginning in 2002.
BMW Administration Building
Her other spectacular achievement came in 2002 with the BMW administration building and it immediately became the ‘pick’ of her work.
2. Balkrishna Doshi: Eco-friendly Architect of the Millennium
Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi is a well-known designer, prominent in Pune, India. He is 90 years old, born on 26th of August. His views on architecture are ultimate embodiments of profitability and art.
Doshi studied in J.J School of Architecture in Mumbai and is the first Indian architect to win Pritzker Award.
B.V Doshi’s award-winning architectural designs include:
IIM, Bangalore Library & Academic Block
It was completely designed by Doshi with over 100 acres in the heart of the Silicon Valley which includes library, main block, and some prominent buildings along with the hotel, auditorium and SAC’s. It was established in 1983, a high-end school for business owing to the architecture and the facilities provided.
Aranya Low-Cost Housing development, Indore
To eliminate slums in India, Doshi defined the Aranya Low-cost Housing Development which is an experimental plan of the Government of India. Through this architectural marvel, his perspective of social entitling and saving the inheritance is clearly visible. His outlined buildings often have one thing in common- their designs which evoke images of modernism.
CEPT University, Ahmedabad
3. Ole Scheeren: The Man Who Tells Stories with His Designs
“Good architecture should be able to narrate stories.” – Ole Scheeren
Born on 6th of January in 1971, German architect and head of Buro Ole Scheeren Group. His greatest work till date has been The Interlace in Singapore, which received the building of the year award in 2015.
In 1995 he began his work at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam.
He always has a very modernist style in all his work, based on the 3-F’s philosophy – Form Follows Functionality.
He successfully materialized his notion of good architecture with the following designs:
The Interlace, Singapore
The Interlace consists of 1000 apartments and is based on the idea of Jenga blocks. He designed 24 straight horizontal buildings and landed them on sides and top of each.
CCTV Headquarters, Beijing
The Twin Towers located in Singapore, won the title of “Best Futura Project” at MIPIM Asia Awards 2012.
4. Rem Koolhaas: the Deconstructivist Who Challenged the Norms
Remment Lucas is a Dutch architect who is known for his deconstructive architecture. His definition of de-constructivism is to eliminate stereotypes and preconception which occupy the space.
He accomplished his academics at Architectural Association School of Architecture, Cornell University and won the Pritzker Prize in 2000.
Lucas’s book Delirious New York set the course for his profession. Lucas celebrates nature of city life. He defines the city as a collection of “red hot spots”. In October 2008, he was invited for a European “group of the wise” under the chairmanship of former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe González to help ‘design’ the future European Union.
Seattle Central Library
Based on his design practice called the “Program”, the Seattle Central Library is one of the most eye-catching public buildings in the world.
Seoul National University Museum of Art
De Rotterdam, Rotterdam
De Rotterdam is a commercial, residential and office building. The oddly placed glass facade is visible from a distance. Koolhaas perceived it as a vertical city.
5. Peter Eisenman
Born in 1932, Peter Eisenman is an American Architect. He is considered one of the New York Five, a group of world-renowned architects of New York City.
He first rose to prominence as a member of the New York Five architects (Eisenman, Charles Gwathmey, John Hejduk, Richard Meier, and Michael Graves). These architects’ work at the time was often considered a reworking of the ideas of Le Corbusier. Subsequently, the five architects each developed unique styles and ideologies, with Eisenman becoming more affiliated with Deconstructivism.
His professional work is often referred to as formalist, deconstructive, late avant-garde, late or high modernist, etc. A certain fragmenting of forms visible in some of his projects has been identified as characteristic of an eclectic group of architects that were self-labelled as deconstructive, and who were featured in an exhibition by the same name at the Museum of Modern Art.
Peter was known as a theorist and a “Paper Architect”, who publicized a highly formalist approach which he calls “post-functionalism”.
Some of his most notable ventures are:
Peter Eisenman designed House VI in 1975 in Cornwall, Connecticut. The building has become famous for both its revolutionary appearance and sense of a house. This building screamed the de-constructivism plan.
Holocaust Memorial, Europe
City of Culture of Galicia
The City of Culture of Galicia is a compound of cultural landmark in Spain. Construction of this building was tough and costly with every window requiring a unique facade due to the design of the building with asymmetrical curves which gives it a look of sliding hill.
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