This year one of my many resolutions is to visit a mixture of inspiring builds, mainly focusing on Europe, but later I also hope to explore a few specific locations in America. I’ve been wanting to take a trip like this for a long while, the main reason being to see some buildings designed by high profile architects up-close and personal, taking in all the details with my own eyes. Don’t get me wrong, books are great and all, but it’s just not quite the same.
For now, I’m mainly looking through different publications both online and offline to see what inspires me as a creative. Drawing up my findings in a sketch book and picking out particular areas of a build that spark my brain. Unfortunately, a lot of architectural portfolios feature what I would call “new-modern” builds, those which have a futuristic approach and little to do with transcending time. I saw Alexander Brenner architects as one exception to this current trend, they create fantastic open spaces that are both sleek and vast. It’s obvious to see they’re inspired by geometric shapes, which is appealing to me on a personal level, as most of the builds have a modular construction. Even if that’s not your cup of tea, you can’t deny their fantastic use of greenery around each build, connecting the inside with the outside. Possibly one of the key things that links all of the projects in our architecture section.
Alexander Brenner’s interiors seem to be a study in simplicity and flexibility, the tones inside are quiet with lots of versatile fixtures. Some might think this purity is austere, but to me it’s quite tranquillising, a calming effect. In my eyes understatement is the key to decoration in any home. Obviously, I can’t tell you how well these work on a personal level, you would have to ask the owners that question, but it seems as though everything is in unity, object, person and space. Although some homes look simple aesthetically, there’s an underlying complexity to the design, only seen when examined in greater detail. That’s the genius of great architecture.