Curly Slabs 1: A-Cero
‘One curve. These are the laziest architects ever’, Jeremy Clarkson would have said when he would have any clue of architecture. Which I’m sure he hasn’t.
The project is crap, but that curve saves it, a bit. What is significant here is that this curve is added to a simple Modernist slab. The emergence of form we have seen in architecture since the success of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, and later the Swiss Re Tower in London, does not end with towers. It goes on to slabs, the Modernist building type per excellence.
The slab, with its functional layout and construction, with its inherent abstract esthetic, is now absorbed – one curve at a time – in the world of form. The abstract surfaces will be slowly but deliberately transformed into sculptural objects. In the end the only difference with a tower will be the length of its façade – a slab has a longer perimeter.
Related: Curly Slabs 2: Oppenheim