Hermannplatz Karstadt, Berlin 1929

I have completely fallen in love with a building that no longer exists: The Karstadt Department Store building, built between 1926 and 1929 survived countless bombing raids and Russian artillery fire but was finally destroyed by retreating SS units in the Battle of Berlin. It was a Berlin landmark in its day, and the site…

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Clean Lines, Open Spaces: A View of Mid-Century Modern Architecture

“Clean Lines, Open Spaces: A View of Mid-Century Modern Architecture,” a new documentary produced by AETN’s Mark Wilcken, focuses on the construction boom in the United States after World War II. Sometimes considered cold and unattractive, mid-century modern designs were a by-product of post-war optimism and reflected a nation’s dedication to building a new future….

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Updated: The Architecture of Antonio Sant’Elia

When it comes to early 20th Century architecture, the Modernists such as Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Art Deco visionaries such as Albert Anis and John Wellborn Root, Jr. get all the glory but one of the unsung heroes of the period is a man whose designs were never truly realized, but…

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What do you do with an abandoned cement factory?

File this under Dieselpunk Office Ideas on a Grandiose Scale! There is nothing as good as an aged bottle of wine; and in this case the aged bottle of wine is a project which was completed in 1975, but is still worth mentioning!  First and foremost we would like to thank our friend and founder…

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The Art of Brutalism

From the wikipedia article on Brutalism: “Brutalist architecture is a style of architecture that flourished from the 1950s to the mid-1970s, spawned from the modernist architectural movement. Examples are typically very linear, fortresslike and blockish, often with a predominance of concrete construction. Initially the style came about for government buildings, low-rent housing and shopping centres…

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Chicago Office Building That Never Was

  I’m not going to pretend I know anything about architecture, other than what I like and dislike, or any more about Frank Lloyd Wright than a trip to Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob a few years back. So here’s a summary of the building which was designed but never built from The Operable Window blog….

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William Robinson Leigh. “Visionary City” (1908)

It’s almost impossible to grasp just how influential a work such as William Robinson Leigh’s “Visionary City” must have been to early 20th Century architects and city planners. This work, showing buildings miles long and hundreds of feet high, connected not only by railroads but also foot and most importantly road bridges may have been…

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I have a soft spot for factories

Like I said, I love me some pipes and ducts. Something about the architecture of factories, power stations, etc., it all just gives me a wicked mad nerdgasm.

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Glass Brick and Brownstone fronts

And to think I used to work a block and a half away from this… decoarchitecture: 211 East 48th Street, NYC, New York (Photo by Berenice Abbott, via the NYPL) Now this is interesting: A Modernist townhouse done in the 30s. (Still there, BTW!) From Gothamist: Flashback: Were There NIMBYs In the 1930s? This (first)…

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