Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Stuttgart, the place where I now call home boasts a number of landmarks that is famous the world over and has become its landmarks. Many of its grand glass and metal buildings are masterpieces of its own and although this city is pretty much well-known for its cars being the home of Mercedes Benz, Porsche and Bosch, every tourist can't help but be entranced by its numerous modern architectural masterpieces.
Here are some of them:
Weissenhof Settlement. It is the symbol for new building and is considered to be one of the most excellent building memorials of modern architecture in Europe. It is a settlement of buildings with flat roofs and mainly white walls which are testimonials to the form and technology, design and construction of what was then a revolutionary architectural conception.
Art Museum Stuttgart. The number two museum in Stuttgart in terms of visitors with a strong leaning towards modern art. The museum stands on the corner of Schlossplatz, Stuttgart in a huge glass cube, in strong contrast to the surrounding traditional architecture.
Neue Staatsgalerie (New State Gallery). The building incorporates warm, natural elements of travertine and sandstone to contrast the industrial pieces of green steel framing system and the bright pink and blue steel handrails. The building's most prominent feature is a central circular atrium. This outdoor, enclosed space houses the sculpture garden. It is circumvented by a public footpath that leads pedestrians through the lot, turning the architecture into an "architectural landscape." This feature allows the public to reach the higher elevation behind the museum from the lower front of the building's main face. Throughout the building Stirling alludes to other architectural works.
Mercedes Benz Museum. It was designed by UN Studio based on a unique cloverleaf concept using three overlapping circles with the center removed to form a triangular atrium. The building was completed and opened in 2006.
Fernsehturm (Television Tower). With an impressive height of 217 m, it is the original model for the television towers from around the world.