Architectural virility – What is it with today’s skyscrapers?

Recently, the competition for the huge Russian gas company gasprom moved to the next stage – the chosen projects could be voted for on the internet, one vote per domain, so some serious poll. The neighbourhood of new “Gasprom City” calles the winning project by British architects RMJM “Corn on the cob” (German only).

I found it quite interesting to see first of all the projects they chose, and second, how the polls ended.

Honestly, I think that Libeskind thing is just weird
Libeskind watering pot

The Koolhaas thing seems rather dull, uninspired and commercial….eh……:
OMA Lego

That Libeskind somehow reminds me of another in my opinion rather ridicilous design from OMA for the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, that looks like a stock diagram – image or link will follow as soon as I found one.

But what is it with skyscrapers nowadays? they either look like a phallus such as the Nouvel in Barcelona and the Foster one In London, or they get in all kind of weird shapes such as the HdM one for Gasprom. Truly one of the better designs from all the projects handed in – not that I consider it to be any good, but among the blind the one-eyed is king.

Nouvel:

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Foster:

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HdM:

her_2.jpg

But for the votes: Clearly OMA sucked, and I am curious about the voting reasons: Did really the superficiality of the image quality decide, or is it the project in general? Did people vote for the slick renderings of some of the projects, or because they actually liked the projects?

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~ by aboutarchitecture on December 1, 2006.

3 Responses to “Architectural virility – What is it with today’s skyscrapers?”

  1. i guess the morphosis phare tower in paris tops all of these, in a positive way; at least in sexyness… and in non-superficialiaty?

  2. or how you call taht; stupidity? lameness? well whatever, i like it better than this dildoandotherstupidshape-mumbojumbo…

  3. apparently not always the best architect wins,
    according to Koolhaas even. See this article for his view on the outcoming of the Gazprom headquarters competition, from which several jury member resigned.

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