While architecture's brutalist movement has indeed featured plenty of sharp, precise lines that result from the use of concrete, the Vespucio Cordova Building in Chile takes that concept a step beyond the traditional imagining. Thanks to the urban morphology that surrounds the office space, the building has two dramatic, sharp concrete edges that are far more exaggerated than the typical building in the brutalist style.
The sharpness of the Vespucio Cordova Building isn't the only way that it upsets brutalism. The Building also deftly combines modern high rise design with those older tenets. Its concrete structural supports are skeletal, and much of the remaining facade is covered in pure glass, which would be unheard of for a strict brutalist.
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The Vespucio Cordova Building Comes to a Sharp Concrete Point
1. New Brutalism - Increased interest in new forms of brutalist architecture that take traditional concepts beyond their limits.
2. Hybrid Design - More designers are experimenting with combining traditional architectural elements with modern features to create unique buildings.
3. Sharp Edges - The rise of sharp, precise lines in architecture as a way to add drama and visual impact.
1. Architecture - Opportunities for architects to create new designs based on the principles of new brutalism and hybrid design.
2. Construction - Opportunities for construction companies to specialize in the unique techniques and challenges of building new brutalist and hybrid structures.
3. Real Estate - Opportunities for real estate professionals to market unique buildings with striking architectural features that stand out in a crowded market.