Abundance of Ornament

A comparison of two modernist concert buildings. An article in a Prologue and three Acts.

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Palau de la Música Catalana      photo by author

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Casa de Música       photo by Philippe Ruault, Archdaily

Prologue from article published by LOBBY Magazine, The Bartlett School of Architecture:

This article presents and compares the ornament of Lluís Domènech i Montaner’s Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona and OMA’s Casa de Música in Porto (referred to as Palau and Casa in this piece). These two modernist concert buildings have been chosen for comparison as they share similar cultural contexts and employ comparable techniques and methods in combining traditional and modern materials. Through particular examples of internal and external ornament, comparisons are made in the way both exhibit notions of theatricality, architectural symbolic dressing and performance at the scale of the city.

Read the full illustrated article here.

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