21stArch.com Popular Posts
How Green A Garden Grows: A Conservatory targets a certification trifecta By Joann Gonchar, AIA Pittsburgh is home to what is arguabl...
Origins of Spain's Modern Architecture Leadership The combination of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and the World's Fair in Seville fu...
Architectural imagery of Doha, Qatar If you are creating a bucket list of architecturally profound cities to visit, Doha is one municipali...
Architectural Rendering of new World Trade Center Transportation Hub, designed by architect Santiago Calatrava Santiago Calatrava of...
(plus a few who influenced the 21st Century) Donna D Carter; Revitalizing the Urban Core DONNA D. CARTER, President of CARTER DESI...
Valencia Museum, by architect Santiago Calatrava Designing green is not just about saving energy and reducing carbon footprints, it inv...
Here are some photos of Mideast architecture and architectural renderings of proposed new buildings and projects in the Middle East and Nort...
Congratulations to brilliant, visionary Iraqi / UK architect Zaha Hadid for being named by Arabian Business magazine as the 37th Most Po...
Green communities a priority for architects, planners, builders Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city The Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city (s...
New meets old: Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto, Canada Love them or hate them, nobody can say that Daniel Libeskind's buildi...
Monday, March 14, 2011
Mario Botta rocks! Iconic, emblematic visionary architect
Mario Botta shows the way for futuristic architecture
Born April 1, 1943, Mario Botta is a Swiss architect at the forefront of 21st Century Architecture. His style is emblematic of the flowing, sustainable buildings that will increasingly be at the forefront of twenty-first century architectural design.
Together with leading modern architects such as Santiago Calatrava, Frank Gehry, Daniel Libeskind, Moshe Safdie, Rem Koolhas, Steven Holl, Coop Himmelblau and Pelli Clarke Pelli, Mario Botta is considered to be one of the most forward-thinking, inspirational arhitects of this 21st Century.
Botta studied at the Liceo Artistico in Milan and the IUAV in Venice. His ideas were influenced by Le Corbusier, Carlo Scarpa, Louis Kahn. He opened his own practice in 1970 in Lugano. He designed his first buildings at age 16, a two-family house at Morbio Superiore in Ticino. While the arrangements of spaces in this structure is inconsistent, its relationship to its site, separation of living from service spaces, and deep window recesses echo of what would become his stark, strong, towering style.
Le Corbusier's influence on young architect Mario Botta
Le Corbusier has been characterized by Mario Botta as being, for him, "the history of architecture." Corbusier represents, in Mario Botta's early training, most of his impressions of modern architecture as well as the notion that the profession of architecture can assist society. Mario Botta worked in the master's studio with Jullian de la Fuente and Jose Oubrerie on a new hospital project for Venice. Mario Botta was there six months, but the master died at the beginning of his tenure.
Mario Botta's designs often include a strong sense of geometry, often being based on very simple shapes, yet creating unique volumes of space. His buildings are often made of brick, yet his use of material is wide, varied, and often unique. His trademark style can be seen widely in Switzerland particularly the Ticino region and also in the Mediatheque in Villeurbanne (1988), a cathedral in Évry (1995), and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art or SFMOMA (1994).
Tschuggen Bergoase Spa by architect Mario Botta
Cathedral of Resurrection, France
Bechter Museum in Charlotte, NC
Harting Technologiegruppe head office in Minden
Way to go, Mario! Stick with innovative, uplifting buildings, and you will keep inspiring humanity to higher heights.