Friday, April 5, 2013

Dalian International Conference Center by Coop Himmelb(l)au

Just got my Architect magazine today and I was impressed by Coop Himmelb(l)au's project in Dalian, China.  On the front page of the magazine it says 'Parametrics in Manchuria" which brought back memories of the day when I was in architecture school, parametrics was all the rage.  Perhaps it still is?  It's such a time consuming process to do parametric envelope that only starchitect offices have the time to afford to do it.  Your everyday office is too busy to try to make a living. 

I do love parametric facades.  It never fails to evoke a woos and ahhs from me when done beautifully.  The Dalian International Conference Center has the facade that is just out of this world cool.  It almost look like an alien space ship has landed! Anyway, I hope it gets used regularly unlike the 'bird's nest' in Beijing....  A building is only good if it gets used.  Otherwise it is just a giant expensive sculpture IMO.

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