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The First House Ever Designed By Gaudí Turns Into A Museum

When you think about Barcelona, the world-famous architecture of Antoni Gaudí, immediately pops into the mind. Finally, the father of Catalan Modernism is getting his own museum in the city. It will be situated in the newly renovated Casa Vicens, the first house ever designed by Gaudí.

Gaudí was only 31-years-old when he was asked by brick and tile factory owner Manuel Vicens i Montaner to build a summer house that is now known a Casa Vicens. The young architect worked on it between 1883 and 1885. The building is considered as one of the prime examples of Art Nouveau architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. To the excitement of architects and other art-loving fellows all around the world, it will be open to public later on this year.

Joan Abellà, director of the museum, says that their goal is making Casa Vicens “a mecca for people interested in [Gaudí’s] work” and spreading the message that the building “is the prelude to everything else that Gaudí went on to create.”

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21 Stunning Rule-Bending Buildings By Architect Frank Gehry

When it comes to architecture, like in all forms of art, there is no unified opinion on how it’s supposed to look like. Every architect follows its own path – and that’s what makes them and the buildings they design unique. However, there sometimes emerge people, whose unique talent is impossible to compare to anyone else’s. And one of those people is Frank Gehry.

Bored Panda has compiled a list of some of this architect’s most iconic designs and his rule-defying buildings will leave you mesmerized. Check them out in the gallery below!

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#1 Fred And Ginger, Prague, Czech Republic

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Perhaps one of the most iconic and controversial buildings designed by this artist is the Dancing House, or Fred and Ginger, in Prague, Czech Republic. Although at first it was criticized for not fitting in with the classical buildings surrounding it, the Dancing House has now become somewhat of an icon and is even featured on a gold 2,000 Czech koruna coin.

#2 Museum Of Pop Culture, Seattle, Washington

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Although the building slightly resembles a Moscow Mule mug, it was actually inspired by the energetic rock music and the architect says he even used guitar pieces to create the form.

#3 Stata Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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The Stata Center, or The Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer, Information and Intelligence Sciences, was built in 2004 for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, replacing an old building called simply “Building 20”.

#4 Marqués De Riscal Hotel, Elciego, Spain

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The Marqués De Riscal Hotel is an extravagant and lavish building located in the small Spanish town of Elciego. It is truly an unexpected sight when visiting, especially since it’s surrounded by fields and small homes.

#5 Walt Disney Concert Hall In Los Angeles, California

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This stunning concert hall (inspired by wind, according to Gehry) was finished back in 2003 after a whopping 15 years of building and cost $274 million. However, both local residents and critics agree that it was worth it – the building is a real icon of modern architecture.

#6 Lou Ruvo Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

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The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health was finished in 2010 and was commissioned by a businessman of the same name, whose father died of Alzheimer’s disease.

#7 Vitra Design Museum, Weil Am Rhein, Germany

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The Vitra Design Museum was not only Frank Gehry’s first project in Europe but also the first one where he used curved forms.

#8 Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain

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This museum of modern and contemporary art built in Bilbao is said to have brought the city back to life – in the first year, it attracted many tourists to the city, generating a $160 million profit. This phenomenon was even given a name – the Bilbao Effect.

#9 Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building, Sydney, Australia

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This building finished in 2015 was Gehry’s first project in Australia. Over 300,000 custom-made bricks were used in the construction of the building.

#10 Biomuseo, Panama City, Panama

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The Biomuseo was the architect’s first project in Latin America. It was commissioned by Panamanian politicians in order to create another Bilbao Effect. The bright colors are said to represent the rich nature of Panama.

#11 Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France

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The museum, opened in 2014, is located by the Bois de Boulogne park in Paris. 19,000 concrete and 3,600 glass panels were used in the creation of the building.

#12 Art Gallery Of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

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This the first time Gehry finished a project in his home city of Toronto. He was 79 at the time.

#13 Marta Herford, Herford, Germany

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Gehry transformed this old textile factory in Germany into a piece of modern art.

#14 The Fish, Barcelona, Spain

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The Fish is a truly unique building, even by Gehry’s standards. It was built in 1992 for the Olympics that were held in Barcelona that year.

#15 Weisman Art Museum In Minneapolis, Minnesota

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The building was completed in 1993 and contains over 25,000 pieces of art inside.

#16 The Iac Building, New York

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The IAC building was completed in 2007 and looks rather tame when compared to the architect’s other works. It is said to resemble the sails of a ship.

#17 Binoculars Building, Venice, Los Angeles, California

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The building was originally called the Chiat/Day building but you have to admit that Binocular Building suits it way better.

#18 Peter B. Lewis Building, Cleveland, Ohio

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The building, named after a philanthropist and CEO of an insurance company, houses the Weatherhead School of Management.

#19 Frank Gehry’s Residence In Santa Monica, California

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As one would expect, Frank Gehry lives in quite an eccentric house himself – the many intricate shapes and forms never fail to attract attention from both passers-by and future clients.

#20 Richard B. Fisher Center, Annandale-On-Hudson, New York

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The Richard B. Fisher Center was opened back in 2003 and since then has been described as “the best small concert hall in the United States”. Just don’t be deceived by the outside – on the inside, the building contains two theaters and several rehearsal studios.

#21 The Cinémathèque Française, Paris, France

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This building, designed by Frank Gehry, contains one of the largest collections of movie-related objects in the world.

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50 Of The Most Evil-Looking Buildings In The World

 

As famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright expressed, the environment and architecture should organically blend into each other. But the designs you’re about to see could only blend into the dark pages of a supervillain comic.

Bored Panda has compiled a list of these impressive architectural marvels that have this sinister look about them, immediately giving us associations with the headquarters of some evil organization like Virtucon from Austin Powers movies.

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#1 Buzludzha, Bulgaria

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#2 Philadelphia City Hall, Philadelphia, USA

Image source: James Losey

#3 Mahanakhon Tower, Bangkok, Thailand

Image source: Jackrit Singhanutta

#4 Polygone Riviera, France

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#5 Riverside Museum, Glasgow, UK

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#6 Catholic Church, Paks, Hungary

Image source:  Sitkei Gábor

#7 Former Research Institute For Experimental Medicine, Berlin, Germany

Image source: Barrie Leach

#8 Bahnhof Office Built Into A Former Anti-Atomic Shelter, Stockholm, Sweden

Image source: Albert France-Lanord (A)rchitects

#9 Maison St Cyr, Brussels, Belgium

Image source: Andrew Peter Martin

#10 Fort Alexander (Plague Fort), Saint Petersburg, Russia

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#11 Dc Tower I, Vienna, Austria

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#12 Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral, Clermont-Ferrand, France

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#13 The National Library Of Belarus, Minsk, Belarus

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#14 Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík, Iceland

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#15 Expiatori Del Sagrat Cor, Mount Tibidabo, Barcelona, Spain

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#16 Temppeliaukion Church, Helsinki, Finland

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#17 The Maze Tower, Dubai, UAE

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#18 Oakley Headquarters, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, USA

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#19 Basque Health Department Headquarters In Bilbao, Spain

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#20 Aiguille Du Midi, French Alps

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#21 Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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#22 Ryugyong Hotel, Pyongyang, North Korea

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#23 Taipei 101 Observatory, Taipei City, Taiwan

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#24 Ostankino Broadcast Tower, Moscow, Russia

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#25 Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokyo, Japan

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#26 Wedding Palace, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Image source: Dan Lundberg

#27 Pacific Design Center, Red Building, Hollywood, California, USA

Image source: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

#28 The Bank Of America Center, Houston, USA

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#29 Al Tijaria Tower, Kuwait City, Kuwait

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#30 Cologne Central Mosque, Cologne, Germany

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#31 Stamp House, Queensland, Australia

Image source: Charles Wright Architects

#32 Space Museum, Vancouver, Canada

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#33 Chongqing Art Museum, Chongqing Shi, China

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#34 Omv Borealis Refinery, On The German/Austrian Frontier

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#35 Science And Technology Centre, Pyongyang, North Korea

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#36 Kafka Castle, Sant Pere De Ribes, Barcelona, Spain

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#37 Svalbard Global Seed Vault (Seed Bank), Spitsbergen, Norway

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#38 Ilinden, Krushevo, Macedonia

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#39 The United States Air Force Academy, Colorado, USA

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#40 At&t Building, Nashville, Tennessee, Usa

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#41 The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain

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#42 Selfridges Department Store, Birmingham, England

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#43 Jimbocho Theater, Tokyo, Japan

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#44 Graz Art Museum, Graz, Austria

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#45 Mcdonald’s, Roswell, New Mexico, USA

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#46 Geisel Library, La Jolla, California, USA

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#47 Reiyukai Shakaden Temple, Tokyo, Japan

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#48 College Life Insurance Company Headquarters, Indianapolis, USA

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#49 Rio De Janeiro Cathedral, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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#50 Church Of St. Giovanni Bono, Milan, Italy

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Old Cement Factory Turned Into Home May Look Great From Outside, But The Interior Is Even Better

Architect Ricardo Bofill found this cement factory in 1973 and quickly realized its possibilities. It took him nearly 45 years to transform it into his home, but the end result looks breathtaking both from the outside and from the inside.

Shortly after purchasing the complex, Ricardo’s team began working on it. “Keeping our eyes moving like a kaleidoscope,” Ricardo says “We already imagined future spaces and found out that the different visual and aesthetics trends that had developed since World War I coexisted here:
1) Surrealism in paradoxical stairs that lead to nowhere; the absurdity of certain elements hanging over voids; huge but useless spaces of weird proportions, but magical because of their tension and disproportion;
2) Abstraction in the pure volumes, which revealed themselves at times broken and raw;
3)Brutalism in the abrupt treatment and sculptural qualities of the materials.”

La fábrica proves that form and function have to be dissociated; in this case, the function did not create the form. Instead, it has been shown that any space can be allocated whatever use the architect chooses (if he’s skillful enough)! Bofill currently lives and works here: “Life goes on here in a continuous sequence, with very little difference between work and leisure.”

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In 1973, Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill purchased a WWI-era cement factory near Barcelona

He immediately began renovating it into his home

After years of partial deconstruction, his team started to furnish the interior as a modern living space

The exterior was fitted with vegetation, and now overflows with lush greenery

The structure has been completely transformed into a breathtaking and unique home

“The Cement Factory is a place of work par excellence” Bofill says

Every room is designed with its own special purpose, and no two look quite alike

“I have the impression of living <…> in a closed universe which protects me from the outside and everyday life”

“Life goes on here in a continuous sequence, with very little difference between work and leisure”

A variety of indoor and outdoor relaxation spots can be found throughout the entire property

Workspace is also a crucial component here because Bofill’s team uses part of La fábrica as a studio

The exterior is mostly covered by grass, but eucalyptus, palm, and olive trees also grow there

This gives the building a “mysterious aspect of romantic ruin that makes it unique and unrepeatable”

“The kitchen-dining room located in the ground floor is the meeting point for the family”

Despite its stunning transformation, the factory is a work in progress to this day

The project is constantly evolving, fitting Bufill’s lifestyle and creative visions

La fábrica will always have some work to be done, and that is part of its symbolic charm

With enough creative thinking, any building can become something new and beautiful

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Design Is Continuous Experimentation Says Patricia Urquiola

To Patricia Urquiola, design is more than just a piece of furniture — even if she’s designing a piece of furniture. She combines elements of the past, present and future in a process of continuous experimentation to create products, interiors, and architecture.

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