Deconstructivism, the architecture of distortion

 What we understand today by aesthetic appeal has to do with classical or modern? Not always, or at least that is the answer that deconstructionism has proposed since the 80`s. Ospinas tells you why this movement is currently an influence for those who admire a different architecture.

Think of Deconstructivism as a “deformed” architectural design, criticized by many and acclaimed by others. It is a structure that, at first glance, distorts the principles of architecture.

The deconstructivist movement is a rebel with a cause. Leaving the vertical and horizontal design to give the structures a chaotic, disorderly, besides causing the impression that each building is unfinished appearance.

In other words, deconstructivism is the closest thing to the human nature. It is unpredictable, static and with many contradictions. These characteristics force the public to create an idea of what they see.

However, its contribution to architecture is significant if one consider that from where you look at it, the construction is not completely symmetrical and has no single focal point.

Deconstructivism has involved new theories on the use of angles because it has allowed to offer new concepts in location of objects.

Perhaps the most characteristic examples of deconstructivism are the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis and The Dancing House in Prague, designed by the pioneer of this movement, Frank Gehry. For the first, Gehry used curved metal structures that were later criticized due to the strong sunlight reflection. However, for tourists it is not an impediment since this construction is one of the most visited of the city.

On the other hand, The Dancing House at first glance resembles a pair of dancers. Controversial? At the time yes, and since its opening, the building was criticized by some sectors of the community who did not share its style, also because it stood out from the Gothic and Baroque buildings surrounding the area of the city.


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