1990’s Architecture

1990’s decade Architecture built and unbuilt projects (1990 – 1999)

Post-Modernism | Rationalism | Deconstructivism | Blobitecture | Sustainable Architecture.
Exterior - Wall-less House in Nagano / Shigeru Ban
Japanese Architecture, Residential

Wall-less House in Nagano / Shigeru Ban

In 1997, Shigeru Ban completed the Wall-less House, also known as the House Without Walls. In this project, Ban creates a “universal floor,” a term coined by Robert Kronenberg in “Transportable Environments.”  Walls disappear, and only the essential elements for living remains. Each space is part of the “universal floor”: the floor of the restroom is the same used in…

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Villa VPRO Headquarters / MVRDV
Office Buildings and Headquarters

Villa VPRO Headquarters / MVRDV

Completed in 1997, Villa VPRO was the first realized project by MVRDV architecture firm. The proposal departs from traditional cellular office environments by inviting occupants to transition seamlessly from one floor to the next through an undulating and stepped concrete landscape. MVRDV’s revolutionary approach was informed by an ambitious brief and employees’ desire for the perfect work environment.

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Exterior View

Maison à Bordeaux / OMA

While French newspaper publisher Jean-François Lemoine was looking for an architect to design a new home, he became partially paralyzed from a car accident. Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas designed the house in 1998 to accommodate an active family man confined to a wheelchair.

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San Giovanni Battista Church facade
Cultural Architecture, Residential

San Giovanni Battista Church in Switzerland / Mario Botta

In 1986, an avalanche hit the small Swiss village of Mogno, flattening the hamlet’s seventeenth-century church. Architect Mario Botta was commissioned to design the new San Giovanni Battista church on the site. Although the new sacred space preserves the relatively modest dimensions, it introduces a new image and a new language. The language conveys a contemporary dimension, mediated by an…

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Villa Busk / Sverre Fehn
Architecture, Residential

Villa Busk in Norway / Sverre Fehn

Sverre Fehn’s Villa Busk stands on the edge of a rocky outcrop with a distant view of the sea. It was built for a musician in 1990. Like many of his buildings, the house has a strong relationship with the surroundings and blends modernity with regionalism. Much like Finland’s Alvar Aalto, Fehn’s buildings have a timelessness that arises from these…

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