‘Iconic’ buildings

16 May 2008

I’ve blogged about the RIBA ‘futures fair’ in a couple of other places.

But I just wanted to capture a couple of quotes here which seemed interesting.The first came from Spencer de Grey of Foster and Partners, who commented that the first words that clients usually said to him were, “I want something iconic”. Fosters has designed some iconic buildings, but de Grey was reflective enough to observe that buildings earned an iconic status (for example through presence, use and response). I’d nominate the Gherkin as having achieved this.

The second quote was from Reinier de Graaf of OMA, talking about the need to design, quickly, some distinctive buildings for their seaborne quarter of Dubai – buildings whose purpose, content, even intended square footage, was not known at the time of design: “this was a brief which as architects we gladly accepted”.

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