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His influence was both immediate and long-lasting, not only on the development of the modern library but also on the exploration of new paradigms of space, materials and luminosity in places of great public assembly. Their designs are quite different, even though they are both grand spaces structured in iron and light—one is a long vaulted space and one is made up of a series of skylit vaults.

The intricate drawings created for wealthy, book-collecting connoisseurs. Log In Sign Up. But remembering which is which has always been hard for me, though don’t ask me why. His spaces are at once overwhelming in the daring modernity of their exposed metal frameworks, lightweight walls, and brightness, and immersive in their timelessness.

Henry-Russell Hitchcock, Modern Architecture: However, as the exhibit continued the amount of detail increased, which was a positive comeback for the lack in the beginning. The exhibition includes over works, from original drawings—many of them watercolors of haunting beauty and precision—to vintage and modern photographs, films, architectural models, and fragments.

The vast, arched reading rooms were architecturally novel in their use of structural cast iron in the stacks and trusses, but they also place unprecedented emphasis on the library, not only as a home for books, but also for the learning and engagement they offer the reader, as well as the value offered to the reader in an enlightened society. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.


Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light

You can leave a responseor trackback from your own site. Such scholarship will service his drawings echo theirs in scale, simplicity and geo- and expand the historiography of modern architec- metric rigour. Concise, critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies. Pen, ink, graphite, wash and watercolor on paper. View of the reading room. New Bestsellers Trade Academic D. The two magisterial glass-and-iron reading rooms he built in Paris gave form to the idea of the modern library as a collective Newer Post Older Post Home.

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Comments are moderated for spam. Remember me on this computer. It illustrates a sort of “everything is contemporary at some time” aspect to Labrouste’s architecture, while also driving home the importance of hand drawing in conveying ideas and exploring design and construction.

The post-modern nature of the tables comes across in the fact that many of the drawings do not rest on the rails at the bottom of each table; they are mounted above. Labrouste also sought a redefinition of architecture by introducing new materials and new building technologies. Here the of Labrouste, one in which he is concerned just as promised focus on Labrouste as a modern architect much with the quality of interior space produced in his own right yielded to the simultaneously more by the structure as with the structure itself.

New York — Henri Labrouste: But, finally, what seems to matter less of architectural form as a shaper of social behaviour, than genealogical connections between the mid- the exhibition also included works that are much nineteenth-century and today, is the effort to more nuanced in their understanding of the relation- promote Labrouste as eternally contemporary.

Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Trading between architectural history, information theory and the shifting conceptions of public knowledge, the Labrouste retrospective welcomes a challenging and diversified look into the early modernist viewpoints of a rapidly industrializing society.


Together these projects illustrate the possi- historical photographs to illustrate those effects.

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High Quality Wholesale Art Online. The beginning of the exhibit could have be less artsy and more towards Labrouste’s architectural achievements. Click here to sign up. Graphite, pen, ink and watercolor on paper.

Henri Labrouste is one of the few nineteenth-century architects consistently lionized yo a precursor of modern architecture throughout the twentieth century and into our own time. With these libraries, Labrouste sought to bridge the gap between public and private space yet again. Given its location in the third floor galleries, the first impression of the show is not a positive one—visitors must traverse a narrow, linear and often crowded gallery that leads to the larger spaces beyond. This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 12th, at