mimetic architecture

A perfect example of urban architectural mimesis: the cathedral and office building, trying to reach an uncanny(and apparently unsuccessful) harmony. St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral, Brussels, 13th to 15th centuries, Gothic façade. The office building, apparently brutalist in form, but shows some post-modern credentials in its copying of the much older neigbor, belongs to the Electricite de France Luminus, the second biggest utility company of Belgium. Unfortunately, I could not find any info on the architectural design. Photo: Stg

I’ve been researching a lot about mimetic architecture for a project that I am currently working on. I think it’s fascinating that buildings were once made in crazy shapes, animals, milk bottles, teapots and so many more. It’s something that is not seen very much any more because the upkeep of these buildings are expensive and it’s more expensive to create a building that is out of the traditional architectural scope. The idea behind it was to copy their function or to suggest the object associated with their business. This type of architecture was more prevalent in the mid-twentieth century.

So here above, I was inspired by the real life Hollywood Flower Pot store that stood in the 1920-30s in California.