From Seville, Spain, to Toledo, Ohio, novel uses of architectural materials create spaces that have won over their public in a relatively short time.
Marking the occasion of the completion of the Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain, architecture critic Rowan Moore remarked: “Oh my God, it’s an icon. How very last decade. Did the city of Seville not get the memo? Big, flashy buildings are out; hair shirts are in.” Moore’s comments concerned the poor timing of the March 2011 debut of Jürgen Mayer H.’s visually arresting pavilion, given Spain’s declining economic situation since the project’s inception in 2004. Nevertheless, the critics and public alike have begun to recognize positive contributions of the structure, which exemplifies the impressive and unexpected use of materials.
Architectural ventures such as the Metropol Parasol are risky enterprises. Material experimentation at this level can lead to innovative approaches in building design and construction, which are essential for the advancement of the architectural discipline. However, such experimentation is not always welcomed by conservative audiences. In an article published on ARCHITECT earlier this month, I sought to address how three pre-21st century buildings have come to be appreciated over an extended period of time for their important design contributions, despite initial criticism. The following three works, all completed within the last decade, have been recognized for their significant applications of material technologies in a much shorter time frame. I credit one reason for this more rapid acceptance to a growing expectation of—and even comfort with—experimental architecture, particularly in metropolitan areas. Another factor is the way in which these projects justify their presence to the public. Each demonstrates an inventive use of a different material—stone, glass, and wood, respectively—as well as building program.
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