Item description for Mario Botta: Light and Gravity: Architecture 1993-2003 by Giuliano Gresleri...
The recent works of the acclaimed Swiss architect are presented in this monograph on his world-renowned work and previously unpublished plans.
Mario Botta's buildings are characterized by simple, geometric shapes that juxtapose lightness and weight. This richly illustrated monograph examines Botta's most recent examples of this theme, as seen in the Kyobo Tower in Seoul, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Jean Tinguely Museum in Basel, and the Cymbalista Synagogue in Tel Aviv. Hundreds of photographs, sketches, and plans illustrate the architect's desire to create structures that adhere to and complement their locations, and show how his choice of materials emphasizes craftsmanship and geometric order. Botta's finished buildings are examined alongside plans which never saw completion, demonstrating the extraordinary creative process of this modern visionary.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.6" Width: 9.6" Height: 1" Weight: 3.65 lbs.
Release Date Oct 30, 2004
Publisher Prestel Publishing
ISBN 3791331868 ISBN13 9783791331867
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A handsome monograph documenting his most recent project in the past decade Dec 23, 2005
Prestel's new monograph of renowned Swiss architect Mario Botta is aptly titled "Light and Gravity" and it is a collection of his select projects from 1993-2003. The title of this book refers to a recurring theme in his architecture where he designs volumes with compressive elements in masonry yet punctuates them skillfully so that light enters these volumes causing them to balance themselves out. This theme has been his signature theme for over the thirty years he has been in practice and is still timelessly beautiful today as it was back then. This monograph features some of his largest built projects such as the Kyobo Tower in Seoul, Korea as well as the simpler Central Bus Terminal in Lugano, Switzerland. Each projects are documented with well framed photos, project description and a composition of pencil sketches that capture the preliminary design phase. Over the thirty plus years he's been in practice. his strict modernist approach is still evident and despite the different masonry cladding he incorporates, it is still relevant to his theme of light and gravity.