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Old August 11th, 2005, 01:28 AM   #1
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Do you think simple buildings are more elegant?

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Old August 11th, 2005, 01:32 AM   #2
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Complex question, but generally yes. Buildings with less complex forms are usually the result of an exceptional amount of work and thought. The result is a sublime design.
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Old August 11th, 2005, 01:51 AM   #3
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I believe that simple buildings age better, and therefore are more sophisticated, though not necessarily more elegant. I do, however, appreciate a mix of architectural styles in our cities, so I am not trying to say that every building should be cleanlined/simple or we would all go crazy, perhaps.
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Old August 11th, 2005, 02:35 AM   #4
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yes.. nyc twin towers used to be most elegant I have ever seen...

taipei 101 and shanghai's bldgs are enough in height but don't impress me...
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Old August 11th, 2005, 03:49 AM   #5
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I actually was talking moreso about low-to-midrise buildings, public complexes, etc., but it's all good
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Old August 11th, 2005, 05:37 AM   #6
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I think it really depends. Both styles can be great if the architect knows what he/she is doing. A lot of it has to do with its surroundings as well. This is a real tough question to answer because I personally dont think there is a rule regarding what is best. The building itself and personal taste will dictate your opinion.
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Old August 11th, 2005, 08:15 PM   #7
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Yes, simple can be very classy.
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Old August 11th, 2005, 08:59 PM   #8
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yes.. nyc twin towers used to be most elegant I have ever seen...

taipei 101 and shanghai's bldgs are enough in height but don't impress me...
It was Minorou Yamasaki who believed that sometimes the best looking buildings are the most simple.
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Old August 11th, 2005, 11:56 PM   #9
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hard question depends.
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Old August 12th, 2005, 12:33 AM   #10
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It was Minorou Yamasaki who believed that sometimes the best looking buildings are the most simple.
Thats very interesting. Most of Yamasaki's buildings appear simple from a distance but up close you can see lots of detail and ornamentation. Unfortunately I never had the opportunity to see the WTC but his offices were here in Michigan and I have had the pleasure of seeing many of his buildings.
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Old August 12th, 2005, 12:43 AM   #11
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^I'd have to agree. Yamasaki's designs are far from simple.
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Old August 12th, 2005, 12:55 AM   #12
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i think it's particullary true. most of simple building are nice, but there is a short way to make the simple buildings ugly and scaring people off. anyway, i know few more detailed buildings that are also very nice - for example Chrysler Tower in NY.
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Old August 12th, 2005, 04:33 PM   #13
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^I'd have to agree. Yamasaki's designs are far from simple.
do you think the Twin towers were difficulty?
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Old August 12th, 2005, 06:49 PM   #14
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When they were built, they were considered very advanced in engineering according to the American Society of Civil Engineers when they give it the Ouststanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award, in 1971.
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Old August 12th, 2005, 07:17 PM   #15
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Simple buildings can be nice...you cant really go wrong with one, although sometimes it can look so simple it fades into the background.
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Old August 12th, 2005, 08:14 PM   #16
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I think the twins in new york were very elegant, they were elegant beacuse they standed near each other and thats what made the howl complex empresive even more than taipie 101...
jin mao bulding in shanghai is defently not a simple architecture bulding but steel i think that he is very elegant and empresive...
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yeah, allwright,
it was a very new construction, but it was simple.
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333 Wacker Drive, Chicago

An elegant building designed in 1983 by New York City architects Kohn Pedersen Fox.

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> Do you think simple buildings are more elegant?

Yes, probably. But too much elegance can be bothersome. If big buildings are of simple design they can look too bombastic, like 333 Wacker Drive above or the former WTC in NYC.

Old buildings, churches, or castles are often elaborately ornamented yet nice to look at, maybe even elegant.
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generally yes, i think so
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