I do give a damn!
I originally read, “Tautly” as, “Tartly,” making the passage more fun on the first go-round, but it explains the science behind pianos, water-glass sonatas, and good design. I’ll spare you a reading of the full text, unless you just want a good nap, and share a brief synopsis of my take aways from what I’ve read of Rasmussen’s theories so far:
Architecture is meant to be a sensory experience.
Was that brief enough for you? I thought so. I’ll attempt to explain it with imagery that shows how I experienced one of the most photographed buildings in the world.
On a beautiful LA morning… (Check out the sun peeking out from behind the clouds!)
I think it’s a wonderful way to frame the sky. Be sure to look up when you are out and about. Often beautiful in plan, other elements of a built project may come together to create a pattern beyond, above or below as well. Architects and designers put a lot of thought into those kind of details and therefore are pleased when you take the time to notice them.
As to the materials, and why I believe they interact so well together, the combination of matte and polished stainless steel with concrete, natural stone and glass works much the same as fabrics and finishes do in a room. An all cotton room can be boring, but if you think of the matte steel as cotton; the polished as silk; the concrete as painted surface; the stone as flooring and the glass as mirror it’s easy to understand the importance of the variety of materials.
One principle of design that unifies these elements is repetition. Notice how the steel, stone and glass of the exterior are all rectangular and proportional in shape and size. This is how the materials speak to each other. They communicated with me through touch. I laid a hand on every surface. If there is a crime in the area, CSI is going to have a field day with my finger prints.
I know it seems crazy for me to skip a chance to see the interior of the building, but I’m all right with it. It gives me an excuse to go back.
I will leave you with a few photos of parts of the structure Frank chose to leave exposed. It offers the viewer a chance to see the order and the beauty of the structure behind the façade and the details of the connections, organized primarily in rectangular forms as well. I find them quite interesting.
It is safe to say that I experienced this architectural marvel with most of my senses. They should count themselves lucky I didn’t lick it!