The architecture of Herzog and de Meuron resides at the intersection of fine art and efficient function. The architects maintain close ties to contemporary conceptual art movements, but they also embrace the limitations imposed on them by the requirements of use.
They begin, in fact, with limitat
Georges Seurat's "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" (1886) remains a landmark painting. It established the Parisian artist as one of the figures who would push Impressionism towards its logical conclusion. And push he did, in the direction of abstraction and a radically scientific
Brunelleschi believed the secret to good architecture lay in creating "the right proportions." The most revolutionary of the Florentine architects, he transformed the face of the Medieval town with the
harmonious, bold, and refreshing structures of the early Renaissance. He was an innovator who com
Oh, plagued no more with Human or Divine,
To-morrow's tangle to itself resign,
And lose your fingers in the tresses of
The Cypress-slender Minister of Wine.
The work of Omar al-Khayyam makes it pretty clear that Middle Eastern scholars were light-years ahead of their European counterparts durin