By: Priyanka Arjun
Architecture that inspires
In present context, creating ‘architecture that inspires’ is a mix of design, talent, engineering and technology, and media management. Those designers who design to build spectacular monuments are few, and fewer get to build them as they wish it to be. The list includes famous Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, BIG Architects, Norman Foster, Herzog and de Meuron and more. We also have the name Starchitects for them.
Their buildings are monumental in scale, iconic, fascinating and challenging to build. Every architect leaves his or her imprint on the work, making every building unique. Over the time they develop what we call ‘signature style’. For eg; Zaha Hadid’s buildings follow fluidity, Santiago Calatrava is deflecting forms.
The effect of space constraint, materials and technology on building design is immense. We have moved from colonnaded plazas to skyscrapers. There is a paradigm shift in how we feel these buildings; we are not making everlasting architecture. They are different from old school buildings but the impression of awe and fascination exists. These are modern monuments, made from brew of imagination and technology, the media builds them up.