Brad Cloepfil's latest Clifford Still Museum design
Portland's top starchitect Brad
Cloepfil has unveiled a more finalized design of his Clyfford Still Museum
We saw an early
model of it here
and it looks like the heavy basalt-like look has been retained.
There are two
, heavy Brad (Weiden + Kennedy HQ) and dematerializing light Brad
(1 Columbus Circle). Heavy Cloepfil is way better and after spending some time
at Kahn's Salk Institute last Fall... I understand why, it's all about making concrete
and sky dance via material and forms in rhythm. (Kahn was a mentor to Cloepfil) It seems like this Still Museum reconciles the light side some
too... getting away from his rival, Tadao Ando's precious qualities (yes his
work is brilliant and is still way better than Cloepfil on his best day). Yet this new Still Museum looks like it has nice
but is definitely conservative in a serious way outside. Still is
probably my favorite painter so this had better work, it looks reserved and that worries me.
Reserved isn't bad (it's better than a dull outside like SAM
The Still Museum reminds me of the kind of water
revealed basalt lava flows one sees in the Columbia River Gorge
more than a typical building. Although I can't see Still liking
building that much I think this is moving in the right direction.
A kind of non-descript anti-architecture, as archi-texture. Thanks to Tyler
(Ive been out of it)...staying up really late helping to install right beneath
Cloepfil's office (Yeah that's us banging on scaffolding at 3:00 am! sorry...
can't be helped, it's for art). Oh yeah and we here he's moving... hopefully
a to a nice new Cloepfil building (in Southwest Portland???) Hopefully that
can be the uncompromising design weve been wanting since the W+K HQ, can't blame
the client this time!
the often money obsessed O keeps following the donations at the Portland Art
Museum, but only when a $$$ figure somehow quantifies the ephemeral. This time
out it is 3
million to endow the European
curatorial position and programming. PORT
presented this low key but big bucks campaign here
first... check it our in-depth look at how PAM is doing something radical by
being conservative fundraising-wise
. Glad there will be an in-house European
curator coming soon and here's an important point the O missed, during the Buchanan
days they'd let positions remain unfilled for extended periods to make up budget
shortfalls... that doesn't happen when you have restricted funds funding your
curators. Congratulations PAM, I know more is in the works.
: Reinventing Color 1950-Today was reviewed in the NYT's. Here's their
, The New York Times reports Rem
Koolhaas has a master plan for Waterfront City in Dubai
. I've been reading
his awesomely ridiculous essay Junkspace
recently and I see this as the
logical extension of those ideas. The guy's got a sadistic sense of humor with
this dubai plan... I mean really nice Death Star Rem (I realize you justv threw
it in there because it wont get built). Here's a worse idea, why not make that
planet eating thing from the original Star Trek
into a building too? Hence
the reason Cloepfil gets to make buildings...
I agree with the posts on the Denver Post site. This is an ugly building. What is wrong with a building looking like a building-
"anti-arch?". We have so much more technology and do so much less with it.
I am on the fence with the new Still Museum design.I enjoy the use of textured concrete, but none of the geometric forms seem to create any tension or balance or really any other emotion. I guess then the question becomes, why do I feel the need for a building to exhibit emotion? It certainly looks like it will be a very functional space, which I suppose is beautiful in it's own right.
Blocky is fine but It doesnt have the same stately presence that Aero Saarinen's cruciform buildings have (like the Milwaukee Art Museum)... but I love the interiors. I'm wondering what color the outside will be? I think a dark grey will give it more heft than dusty tan.
I think Cloepfil is simply trying to subsume the outward sculptural statement... and make it about the inside of the museum. It's ok from the outside... and looks very nice inside.
Architechts are actually very reticent of simply reseorting to style.. though that's what the public often demndas of them.