|Welcome to Scharounica|
As usual, another monologue before youre let through to the mosaics.
I havent heard of Scharoun before I came to Berlin. In fact, I havent heard of him during my first terms at the university too. It all happened by chance.
Its useless to hope design would be free of fashions. Still, I cannot help but wonder when I see the local ones.
As I started with my architecture studies, it was en vogue to press everything in geometric primitives. From the moment you had your scheme reduced to cylinders and prisms, you were immune to all critics. And if you had a house group united by some keen curve, the trophy was surely yours.
Recently, another manner arrived. Here, you first invent a story that leads you to a form. Then you press (see above).
Good old form follows function is there too. Yet in a slightly altered way it is thought be enough to make a house function. By definition, it is considered beautiful then. Thus a buildings qualities description gets reduced to a technical details list.
As if there was a tenant whod like to know that!
In short, I wasnt convinced that was the architecture Id like to make. My houses should not only follow practical requests, but also be able to tell one about them; neather be pressed in a fairy-tale, nor in a primitive. An architecture of community should it be too
I was to receive aid from the least awaited side looking for some rare book I was sent to the State Library. I went to the Arts Forum, entered the Library and there I was.
Later the Philharmony followed, the Chamber Concert Hall, the Lünen gymnasium. Since 2000 Im a member of Scharoun Society, and member of its Board since 2007.
To finish with Loos words: an architect, who, after having seen the State Library, continues making box-shaped houses is similar to those who, after having been to the opera, start drawing tapestry motifs(analogous).
You can select a Scharouns building in the left-side mosaics, they include
Berlin Philharmonic, Great hall
Berlin Philharmonic, Chamber Music Hall
Berlin State Library
Arts Forum, Berlin
Coloured Row, a first part on Hans Scharouns works in former East Prussia, continued in:
A World Architects Insterburg Diploma (Insterburger Brief, 2008)
Between Style and Method, Notes on Hugo Haering and Hans Scharoun
Eastern Prussia: inventing the province anew, (Proekt Baltia, 2008)
1915-1925: the early years of Hans Scharoun
In the Architectural collection youll find some of my designs.