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Friday, August 26, 2005

Celebrating brutalism

Berlin's glorious 1970sPalast der Republik on Marx-Engels Platz.

Warren & Mahoney's Stalinist-Germanic inspired brutalist, linear masterpieces continue to this day in austere, cold, formal, inhuman, multi-facade impracticality for haus und kirche.

Only for the most pretentious of glorified accountants is the prospect of actually living in the bleak cavernous voids of a personality-free home of sharp lines and naked edges that only Warren & Mahoney can authoritatively impose. Their impersonalised structures at Auckland University's city campus constitute a now legendary hegemonic triumphalism of the detested Works Registry, an historical holocaust and an architectural genocide. The deprevation of human privacy and relentless steel and grey of exposed concrete invoke the hopelessness and utilitarian economic degradation of the spirit of youth that pervades the institution.

The closest mere mortals can come to over-powering the form is the executive play pen of our Prime Ministerial dictatorship - the Beehive's cabinet room.

Originally planned as a foyer for robotic overseers in W&M's early sketches the image cleary shows the large refrigeration unit suspended from the ceiling. The Vampire-Zombie chairing this meeting of humanoids keeps the temperature to -5 degrees C in order to survive during the daytime. All of the mirrors were removed prior to opening.


At 28/8/05 2:38 am, Anonymous ras said...

OK -this one, I agree with you. It would have been nice to have had the chambers reflect something, ANYTHING, of our country and it's culture rather than Dr. Evil's command centre.

On the other hand, maybe it's appropriate...

At 28/8/05 2:00 pm, Blogger t selwyn said...

... yes, after looking at it again I notice the walls look like a woven basket of some decription. Which makes it a basket case. Maybe Warren & Mahoney have a sense of humour after all.

At 28/8/05 9:07 pm, Blogger Lucyna said...

It's got that honeycomb, high-tech, worker bee look to it. The Queen Bee really out to be in the middle and shouldn't be able to leave the room.

At 28/8/05 9:08 pm, Blogger Lucyna said...

That should have been "...Queen Bee really ought to be in the middle..."

At 29/8/05 10:24 pm, Blogger peterquixote said...

like soon as the boys see the picture withmn that emblem theys fscists jumo ups and down, but the rednecks dont really like them buildings, like i do have my work full keeping ok with the rednecks,but theys part of the clition,

At 30/8/05 12:54 am, Blogger t selwyn said...

Well I'm sure the girls will be glad to hear at least one of the boys can find the clition.


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