In architectural production (quality) of the last time, also called the state of the art of architectureThere are two categories that seem to be present in most of the works appearing in magazines and blogs (or wake up one way or another some interest): the mix of programs and sustainability. However, there are buildings that not having a complex and / or have been designed before these issues were a Must to win contests, put their emphasis on other aspects. Less pretentious, closer to other artistic disciplines, these works (and architects) appear from time to time to return a certain spirituality and artistic architecture loading … putting the accent from my point of view, materiality. It is within this tradition that we find the two works that we present below the flower kiosk Malmö in the cemetery, designed by Sigurd Lewerentz (In 1969) and museum The CongiuntaOf Peter Märkli (1992).
Even with nearly a quarter century of difference between the two works, the special care put into the material, the careful design and quality of the details still leave us important lessons of architecture.
Both the flower kiosk in Malmo, Sweden, as the museum in Ticino, Switzerland, understand the importance played by molding in a concrete work. Modulation, corners, meetings, encounters, the proportions … nothing is left to chance, and it shows. But what I find most remarkable in both examples is the game -structure-covered walls. Faced with solid concrete walls, homogeneous (and in the case promptly interrupted by windows Lewerentz) displays a light cover in various materials that sits on these ‘ruins’. In the first case that stands out from the copper roof is the cantilever, which, as noted by José Ignacio Linazasoro, is constructed independently of the interior truss that technologically it would just prolong. In the second case, the interest is in the fold of the roof and skylights that way, and I mean everything as a single system, despite being four elements that compose it: a backbone of constant section consists of steel beams , the metal plates that cover the side windows made of polycarbonate translucent and rigid system consisting of steel bars. The small section of the materials used and the thin thickness lighten the visual impact.