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1977 Stanley Tigerman's Studio [Stanley Tigerman] BIZARRE COLUMNS XXVII
















El estudio de Stanley Tigerman no podía ser de otra manera... coronado por una columna bizarra que utiliza una lámpara cenital en el capitel y un fuste de metacrilato transparente en el que sólo aparece el cable de electricidad... un lápiz gigante dibuja a su vez el trazo del perímetro de una bóveda con cielo dibujado incluido... TIGERMAN!

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1980 1981 The Great American Cemetery [Stanley Tigerman] CAMBIO DE ESCALA






















Stanley Tigerman se pregunta en este proyecto ¿Por qué los cementerios americanos se pueblan de referentes arquitectónicos europeos?

La tradición griega y romana se apodera de los cementerios de Estados Unidos por lo que Tigerman propone un futuro del cementerio americano como representación de su arquitectura del día a día... con tumbas coronadas por las viviendas en miniatura de los suburbios o los grandes rascacielos de los downtown que pueblan toda norte-américa...

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1981 Okamuro House [Toyokazu Watanabe] ALL YOU CAN EAT ARCHITECTURE























"The Okamuro House is a mysterious, not to say, hallucinatory combination of a dome (dropped from the sky) and a suburban house. These two images literally interpenetrate in a way that recalls the overlapping spaces of Baroque and Modernism alike. This typical Post-Modern hybrid has been given an extreme hieratic ordering. There is the split oval, a trompe l'oeil reminiscent at once of Brunelleschi's use of pietra serena and Nervi's isostatic lines of force. Geometry and restrained decoration have unified dualities and made the unlikely combinations appear quite natural" 
(1979, Toyokazu Watanabe)


Jencks, Charles (guest editor): AD Profile nº48 Abstract-Representation, 1983.

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1980 82 YWCA Masterson Branch Houston [TAFT Architects] HIPERGRÁFICA
















Interesante manera de producir una serliana neoclásica sólo a través de un cambio de materiales en este edificio corporativo diseñado por los texanos TAFT Architects. Con la misma estrategia, los americanos consiguen hacer más complejo el volumen prismático y sencillo del edificio, mediante bandas zigzagueantes de diversos materiales y colores. 

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1979 1980 "The Earth, the Temple and the Goods" [Robert A.M. Stern] Buildings for BEST Products Exhibition.



















"The standard Best Products building is a box whose purpose is to supply the objects that are demanded by and in part define the lives of those who live out a version of the American Dream- a version in which material possessions, once the objects of religious sacrifice, now serve to mark out rituals of daily life. To a considerable extent our household goods have become our household gods; our markets, temples of consumerism. In designing a facade for Best, we have undertaken to tell the story of this transformation of values in a witty way, and to describe the cycle of life to which it bears witness"


Stern, Robert A.M: " The Earth, the Temple and the Goods " en: "Buildings for Best Products", Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1979, p.26-29.

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1992 Ross's Landing Park and Plaza, Chattanooga, Tn [SITE Architects]

























Hace muy poco tuve la suerte de toparme en Chattanooga con esta plaza diseñada por SITE Architects en los primeros noventa. Como parte de la remodelación de las márgenes del río Tennessee a su paso por Chattanooga, aparece esta plaza de SITE, en la que utilizan varios de sus recursos ya clásicos, desde los estados de demolición en diversas fuentes (entendidas como Natural Nets) hasta sus puentes "fofos" y amorfos que funcionan a la vez de miradores y pérgolas... Cuando la vi de lejos,  intuí que o era de SITE o de alguna clase de imitadores... pero no!!! SITE Architects en estado puro!!!

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1979 1980 "The Best Home of All" [Stanley Tigerman] Buildings for BEST Products Exhibition.















"Since World War II (an unbelievable 35 years ago) the United States of America has quietly been nurturing a typological evolution as homespun as John Wayne- the suburban house. The objecthood of this form is as solidly as Frank Lloyd Wright- embracing the hip roof (replete with overhangs), the corner window and the wing wall (both of which represent vestiges of Wright's breakup of the square, symmetrically axial, 19th-century aristocratic European box).
Now the suburban house has an identity of scale as solidly real as the brick. By now, almost the entire recent generation-come-of-age has experienced the suburban context -the Hilberseimer Tee-Plan brought into being in all of this continent's Levittised environments. Iconographically, the suburban house is as American as television (God knows, all its aerial search-and-sweep the sky like so many centipedal antennae). Only one very small, alien elements cloud the otherwise clear azure dome over suburban America -the uneuphemized, uncleansed, naked capitalist without any emperor's clothes at all- the commercial strip shopping center.
And so it was that the Best search for a new home began. Really, they just had to find a comfortable place - one that could kind of nuzzle up to its little friends, so that when they came out to shop it would be as if they had never left home. If they drove to the store, why, they could just park their car right on the front lawn. The Best mailbox would be just like their very own, only four times as big. The garage door would be partially open, just like their own broken one, and the front door would be invitingly open as well, revealing an American-dream-come-true-at-last... A 22' tall beckoning fair one as American and as wonderfully wholesome as Mary Tyler Moore. From the highway, their Best new home would settle contextual arguments once and for all, and you would never even really notice that each front step was 32' high, that the  front door was 12' wide x 26' 8'' high, that the downspots were 16" in diameter, that each brick was 15" high x 32" long (with 1 1/2" mortar joints), and that you would walk right by the areawell-as-bench right into the basement window-as-door.
Nearly the Best part of all was the four seasons. Halloween would feature a 10' black cat peering from behind the draped living-room window, with 20' corn shocks on the lawn and a grinning 8' jack-o'-lantern sitting right there on the front stoop.
At Christmas time 16" lights would be strung around the picture window revealing a 25' Christmas tree - and on the roof, a 25' Santa, sleigh, and reinderr. Easter would find 4' tall bunny-rabbits hopping up and down on the lawn searching for colorful 12" Easter eggs hidden between cars. But the Best season of all would be the Fourth of July. A 24' American flag would join the rest of the neighboring flags in celebrating America's birthday. Red and white stripped bunting would surround the garage door, and a 16' wide x 32' long x 10' high picnic table would be found at rest in the driveway, with a 12' high Weber grill nearby.
Of course, the very Best thing about their home lay in its neighborliness, insofar as they had finally found an American symbol right ther where they least expected it - at home in the suburban United States of America - and all the snotty bastards in the urban United States were simply green with envy."


Tigerman, Stanley: "The Best Home of All" en: "Buildings for Best Products", Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1979, p.22-25.

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1984 Best Products Inside Outside Building Milwaukee [SITE Architects]




El último de los almacenes BEST tuneados por SITE llevará hasta las últimas consecuencias la idea de demolición del edificio. Como si de una debacle zombi se tratara, el edificio aparece como semi-derruido, enfatizando incluso las partes desoladas con zonas interiores que han quedado al exterior, con productos y mobiliario del edificio cubiertos de cemento en esas zonas interiores / exteriorizadas... una estrategia que ya habían utilizado en el diseño de alguna tienda o en instalaciones esculturales al aire libre... Y aquí termina la historia de amor entre los almacenes BEST y los bizarros SITE Architects de James Wines!!!!

1979 BEST Products Cutler Ridge Showroom [SITE Architects]


















Penúltimo de los almacenes de BEST tuneados por los bizarros SITE. En este caso dejan las perversiones naturales para volver a su plan de destrucción mundial... Los americanos van substrayendo partes de la fachada y colocándolos a unos metros de separación de la misma de manera gradual... primero un gran muro al que quitan y separan la zona de la marquesina, a la que quitan y separan las puertas de entrada...

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1978 Best Products Tilt Showroom Eudowood Mall Maryland [SITE Architects]


















Interesante propuesta para generar una espectacular entrada de otro de los edificios BEST de SITE... separando el muro de fachada y girándolo por uno de sus lados se consigue que la entrada al edificio sea como levantar una caja de zapatos y poder entrar en ella... La vista desde la carretera es también una espectacular carta de presentación del edificio...