For years Thom Mayne has been distorting people’s views of conventional architecture and I love him for it. I believe that each time a building designed by him is erected the future of architecture in United States gets a little brighter. There are always critics that are going to look for the familiar in Thom’s work and when they can’t find it they will try to portray his work as nothing but an eye sore that dose not fit within the urban fabric. If you ask me all that respect the urban fabric thought process and trying to fit in seamlessly with the neighborhood is a bunch of bologna. I applaud the architects that go against the grain and try to bring a fresh perspective to building design. The new academic building for The Cooper Union in New York City is a prime example of that. Below is new building at 41 Cooper Square. You can view more beautiful photos of this amazing building by visiting www.morphosis.com.
With the design of this building Thom Mayne has made believers out of the doubters and urban fabric advocates. You can create the ultimate green building and still make it so hot that every pedestrian becomes mesmerized by its unconventional beauty. I can stand in front of this building for hours and marvel at its every angle. Thom has developed this style which I like to call Fractured Planes. This style allows him to create enormous amount of movement for a seemingly static object. The skin of the building is no longer a boring facade and now has its own identity.
The fun does not stop at the skin. Once the visitor has stepped into the building the spatial complexity of the interior would provide amazing visual stimuli. The walls seem as if they are dancing and the visitor can expect an amazing spatial symphony as the day progresses and the angle of the sun changes.
On top of all that the building is the ultimate green machine. It benefits from all the latest eco-friendly technologies to make it the ultimate combination of design and function.
This is the future of architecture and I can’t wait to see where the next amazing building springs out of the ground.