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Design: KIO Towers June 23, 2013

Posted by cantueso in building, history, photography.
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Below is the typical thing where everybody goes uuuuh! followed by:
Thanks for sharing.

It is oppressive. Not nice to see such a heavy thing slanting above your head.

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kio towers

Capricho. Freak. Plagöri. It looks like fast money, slow wit. It also looks like the frogs that wanted a king. — Unlike the Bilbao Guggenheim (and Marylin Monroe* * *), these buildings do not try to offer anything happy and nothing new except their very sorry leanings. Somebody simply had to show off that they could afford it.

Here is Time Magazine’s highly memorable dictum on this architecture: “The lean is intentional.”

[Oh, it is! Isn't it!]

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Marylin!

* * * Muschamp, the NYT architecture critic, compared the Frank Gehry’s  Bilbao Guggenheim

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bilbao guggenheim

to Marylin Monroe and her somewhat extravagant beauty. In the foreground, in that patch of light next to the water, you can see the famous Spider designed by Louise Bourgeois as a poem to her mother who had been a weaver and did tapestries. Louise B. used to help when she was a little girl :

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The Spider at the Guggenheim, from Wiki

The Spider is owned by the Tate Gallery in London, but this thumbnail opens up on a copy*** at the National Gallery of Canada.

***(In sculpture as in architecture and dressmaking, the “original” often exists only on paper as a design or in clay as a model. What can be bought and sold is therefore mostly a “copy”.)

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hannover_gehry-tower UNI  STUTTGART  MASCHINENBAU  FORUM !!!: I could not register in your forum. Ich wollte Euch nur sagen, dass sich dieses Gehry-Gebäude laut Wiki in Hannover befindet. I only wanted to tell you that the building you were asking about is in Hannover and its photo and info is in Wikipedia “Frank Gehry”. Es gibt dort noch mehr Fotos und genauere Beschreibung, vor allem eine vom “Dancing House”, einem tanzenden Haus in Prag:

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:dancing_house

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The architect of the Bilbao Guggenheim is Frank Gehry, here featured by the Simpsons.

The Kio towers and the two contraptions below were designed by John Burgee. It is incredible that he would let his engineering mind prevail even to display water cascading in a garden. It is as if he had invented some sort of jail for the water :

IDS_Center-Minneapolis-2005-09-27 …  …

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Fort_Worth_Water_Garden

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Added June 6, 2009

There was a great photo of the Bilbao Guggenheim at www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/frank-gehry. All buildings, not just Frank Gehry’s, are hard to photograph.

guggenheim Bilbao

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Gehry’s ship is reminiscent of Le Corbusier’s famous Ronchamp chapel in France. The full size photo by Claudia Divizia is at www.greatbuildings.com Notre_Dame_du_Haut

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Added September 28,2009

gehry statabuilding

It is a modern trulli. Notice how the windows are adapted to the building, not just their shape, also the location,  especially those to the left, the second row! –

And the little tree?  It was not designed by Gehry, but is to be credited to the photographer.

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Added December 23, 2009

kio towers

The photo of the KIO towers shown at the top of this post is no longer online, but there was another picture at  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Plaza_de_Castilla_%28Madrid%29_06.jpg by luciapensache under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

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This photo makes it look as if the towers leaned both backwards and sideways; imagine being inside!
But I think the real lean is only one way.

Next, see that little orange pillar between them? That could be Calatrava’s obelisk, and they say it is not static:  it sways!

>>>>>>> over to Design:  C a l a t r a v a  http://espliego.wordpress.com/2009/12/31/design calatrava

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Added April 15, 2010

:-(

I have often wondered why architects don’t have to put their name  on their work, for instance at the entry door where all the people living or working inside would have to see it every day.

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Added December 12, 2010

:-)

Frank Gehry’s Hotel Marqués de Riscal, (in the Rioja region where the famous wines come from).

“Marqués de Riscal” is a great, but expensive wine. –

Photo seen at  http://www.xiongdudu.com/photo/MarqusdeRiscal

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Added March 13, 2011
and I see he did build a skyscraper, but its various fassades climb up like ivy. It is in downtown Manhattan. Though it is too big to be seen on a photo, it does not seem to be just another Klotz (Swiss German for a big shapeless block of wood)

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Added June 13, 2012

The Gehry Tapestries

And now Gehry is in the news because of the Eisenhower  memorial that he designed. It doesn’t look like “just another Gehry”, because there are no shapes, but there are very large tapestries illustrating Eisenhower’s life:

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The tapestries are made of metal threads that represent pictures of Eisenhower’s life. Some see them as  as iron curtains — the nickname that Churchill invented for the frontier that the Soviet Union once set up in Europe –  walls and tanks and machine guns.

Of course,  names influence a lot. Somebody called Gehry’s tapestry a fancy bug screen :-)

If you look at the tapestries from up close, you see only the stitches that on their own do not make sense!

Just like the pixels of a photo.

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Comments»

1. Fernando Reyes (Kings) - January 23, 2008

No se entiende la referencia a Marilin. Por lo demás son muchos los que dicen que estas torres son un desastre.
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Fernando says that the reference to Marilyn is not intelligible.
He adds that there are many people who say that these towers are a disaster.

2. Miki - January 25, 2008

You see how different we all can be… I really like these towers, I simply find them beautiful, and I like their inclination, such a great contrast to all the other vertical buildings! I didn’t know there is something like that in Madrid. Can you tell me how old they are? Does KIO mean something, is it the name of the architect? And do you know what he (she?) wanted to tell us?
And yes: thank you for sharing!

3. David - January 28, 2008

Yes indeed, this architecture is hideous and ostentateous. Fucking stupid oil tycoons!

4. cantueso - January 28, 2008

To David:

Those oil tycoons financed it, but tell me who finances the oil tycoons. Do you know? And the king and the queen and the government and etc and etc all went to the inauguration of those towers.

So this is what Gehry’s Guggenheim is all about and why Muschamp of the NYT compared it to Marilyn Monroe.

5. pendrive9 - April 27, 2008

Each time I see this I wonder how much it would cost to demolish them. There are firms specializing in demolitions, and from something I read about Madrid I seem to remember there was a hotel called Buckingham which was ruined by fire and the demolition of the ruins took a year.

6. cantueso - September 2, 2008

The best line of this blog is from “Pendrive9″ above:

“Each time I see this I wonder how much it would cost to demolish them.”

It is true. It makes one angry just to look at them. Demolition would be very expensive.

7. pendrive9 - September 22, 2008

Now I have been wondering whether demolishing these towers wouldn’t be similar to burning books. And remember what Heine thought of that.

8. cantueso - November 19, 2008

To Pendrive 9:

:-(

I guess you have a point there.
However, remember, a book is only seen by those who want to see it, whereas a building like the KIO towers is a permanent public and high profile offense to many people.

So demolition is not quite comparable to book-burning.

9. Anonymous - December 8, 2008

One day MacDonalds will purchase these…finish the job, and paint it Gold… the worlds largest drive-thru sign will be born….

10. cantueso - December 8, 2008

Great idea.

However, right now it seems that in the US everybody is broke, and to paint these things gold might look like a dumb expense. Is McDonald not yet broke? Or have they already been bailed out and don’t know what to do with the money?

11. PiedType - February 18, 2009

McDonald’s is one of the few company’s reporting profits right now. No bailouts needed.

Those Madrid towers are rather disturbing. Not my cup of tea. I certainly wouldn’t want to have an office on the upper floors.

12. mista lista - July 14, 2009

They are just outright weird!!!

I feel sorry for someone who lives in the area… every moment of their life, they can expect a big *CRASH*…

I consider myself tolerant to creative architecture, but this is just… not right. No creative things like big waves, just leaning towers. Yay! It must have cost so much in the first place to make them lean.. Much cheaper to build a structurally stable, straight tower!
to demolish, they could just make them fall against each other!

Probably the McDonald’s costumers would refuse to drive under the leaning things… cars are expensive now!! :)

13. 0gar - September 28, 2009

The architect who imagine this towers was a sick, perverted and odd mind. But who are we to judge? They say same things after the Eiffel Tower was build and now is the Paris logo. Maybe he will be imitated by others and soon all of us will live in residential buildings with lean and twists like those white teapots showed in last picture. If I was a arab saudi monarch and I have enough cash I want my house to look like an tesseract.

14. IndustriePraxis - January 22, 2010

>Herzlichen Dank für diesen Informativen Blog. Habe ihn gleich in meine Bookmarks eingetragen. Maschinenbau ist eine der ältesten Ingenieursdisziplinen, dabei bildet die klassische Physik die Grundlage der technischen Mechanik, Thermodynamik und Werkstoffwissenschaften und somit die Grundlage für weitere Aspekte (Konstruktion, Simulation, Materialmodellierungen). Mit alle diesen Disziplinen und weiteren Themengebieten des Maschinenbau finden sich aktuelle Anwenderreportagen und Applikationsbeispiele auf dem Industrieportal industriepraxis.de

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He specializes in the construction of machines, including simulation and material modelling as reported in Maschinenbau and at industriepraxis.de


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