Building Bacardi: Architecture, Art & Identity by Allan T Shulman
Richly illustrated with vintage, powerfully graphic, and often glamorous imagery, “Building Bacardi” tells the story of the iconic brand s love affair with high design. Anyway you drink it Bacardi rum is the mixable one. Bacardi is best known for its rum and trademark bat logo, yet the famed spirits company has also been a force in the development of avant-garde art and architecture. True to the company slogan, Bacardi has asserted its corporate identity through buildings designed by a potent mix of modern architects with varying, sometimes radically different approaches to architecture. Corporate headquarters, distilleries, bottling plants, and executives private homes have shaped and reflected Bacardi s position as a regional upstart, a national icon, and a global corporation with outposts in such places as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, and the United States. “Building Bacardi” is the first book to explore the twentieth-century architectural legacy of the company.“
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Above are images of the 1945 case Study House No. 8, an iconic building by Charles and Ray Eames. If you’re in london I’d highly recommend visiting ‘The World of Charles and Ray Eames’ at the Barbican - the exhibition gives an insight into the minds of the pair who revolutionised twentieth century design in its many forms, be it leg splints, magazine covers or entire houses.
March 27, 2012: Google honors the famous architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The #Doodle shows a typical Mies-Building. Some glass windows are colored like Google chars. The Doodle is inspired by a concrete Mies-building: The “Crown Hall” at the Illinois Institute of Technology (1956).
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was born in Aachen, Germany. He created an influential twentieth century architectural style, stated with extreme clarity and simplicity. He called his buildings “skin and bones” architecture. His mature buildings made use of modern materials such as industrial steel and plate glass to define interior spaces. Mies died 1969 (aged 83) in Chicago.
What do you think are the most important women architect in the history of architecture, and your fav?
OK, here is MY list. Everyone is free to agree or disagree or to comment on who was left out but I limited the list to 10 spots and focused on the last century.
You are invited to post about any of those that were not included and tag me, if I agree with your suggestion I will add a list of runner ups and link it to your post.
Lina Bo Bardi
Lina Bo Bardi, was an Italian-born Brazilian modernist architect. A prolific architect and designer, Lina Bo Bardi devoted her working life, most of it spent in Brazil, to promoting the social and cultural potential of architecture and design. SourceImage
The Seagram building rises over New York’s Park Avenue, seeming to float above the street with perfect lines of bronze and glass. Considered one of the greatest icons of twentieth-century architecture, the building was commissioned by Samuel Bronfman, founder of the Canadian distillery dynasty Seagram. Bronfman’s daughter Phyllis Lambert was twenty-seven years old when she took over the search for an architect and chose Mies van der Rohe (1886–1969), a pioneering modern master of what he termed “skin and bones” architecture. Mies, who designed the elegant, deceptively simple thirty-eight-story tower along with Philip Johnson (1906–2005), emphasized the beauty of structure and fine materials, and set the building back from the avenue, creating an urban oasis with the building’s plaza. Through her choice, Lambert established her role as a leading architectural patron and singlehandedly changed the face of American urban architecture. Building Seagram is a comprehensive personal and scholarly history of a major building and its architectural, cultural, and urban legacies. Lambert makes use of previously unpublished personal archives, company correspondence, and photographs to tell an insider’s view of the debates, resolutions, and unknown dramas of the building’s construction, as well as its crucial role in the history of modern art and architectural culture.
(Upheaval), one of the principal sources for chronicling the
history of twentieth-century design and architecture. Pub-
lished between 1918 and 1931, virtually all of its 116
issues were edited and designed by Hendrik Theodorus
Wijdeveld (1885-1989), a Dutch architect and designer
who trained under Gropius and Frank Lloyd Wright. Influenced by Nieuwe Kunst (Dutch Art Nouveau), ‘Wendingen’ was resolutely eclectic in design and content, and
gave equal coverage to Expressionist, individualist and
even mystical sensibilities.
Docomomo Journal 29: “Modernism in Asia Pacific,” edited by Sheridan Burke (Sept. 2003).
Forum Journal 27, no. 2: “Modern Landscape Architecture: Presentation and Preservation,” edited by Charles A. Birnbaum (Winter 2013).
Modern Architectures: The Rise of a Heritage, edited by Maristella Casciato and Èmilie d'orgeix (2012), Wavre, Belgium: Mardaga Editions.
Modern Matters: Principles and Practices in Conserving Recent Architecture, edited by Susan Macdonald (1996), Shaftesbury, Dorset: Donhead.
Preservation of Modern Architecture by Theodore H. M. Prudon (2008), Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons.
Preserving Post-war Heritage: The Care and Conservation of Mid-Twentieth Century Architecture, Proceedings of the EH Conference, London, UK, 1998 by English Heritage, edited by Susan Macdonald (2001), Shaftesbury, Dorset: Donhead.
Twentieth Century Building Materials: History and Conservation, edited by Thomas Jester (1995), New York: McGraw-Hill.
ao3 link summary: They’re not in the business of taking it easy on the new girl. rating: Mature, with just a dash of smut. pairing: Akane Tsunemori/Shinya Kougami fandom: Psycho Pass author’s note: Started watching the movie, felt nostalgic for season 1, and self-diagnosed that writing down shipping feels is cheaper than therapy.
An archive image of the Assembly Hall in the Palais des Nations at the #UnitedNations in Geneva.
The occasion is United Nations Day - but can you guess which year it was? a) 1949 b) 1954 c) 1964 The UN in Geneva services more than 8,000 meetings every year, making it one of the busiest conference centres in the world.
the home of the League of Nations, the Palais is an outstanding
testimony to twentieth century architecture. To protect the environment
and take climate action, the building now uses renewable energy for air
conditioning, solar lamps for hot water and lighting & more.