Three iconic architects from the last century

Great architects shape our lives. They create the buildings we live and work in, as well as the structures that we admire from near and afar. They are important people who have a huge impact on the daily lives of millions, whether they realise it or not.

Over the last century, there have been many great architects who have created breathtaking designs all over the world. Many have created cutting-edge buildings, which have changed the face of architecture forever. Here, we take a look at just three iconic architects from the last century:

Frank Gehry

Born in 1929, Frank Gehry designed some of the most distinctive buildings in the history of architecture. His innovative vision knew no bounds and his deconstructive buildings became instantly iconic.

So important were Gehry’s designs, which include the City of Wine Complex in Northern Spain and the Lou Rovo Center, that he was named as ‘the most important architect of our age’ by Vanity Fair. Also, millions of tourists are said to flock to see his creations each and every year.

Perhaps the reason why Gehry is so highly regarded is because of his unique ability to play with form, manipulating the shape and surfaces of a structure to create unique spaces that defy all logic, whilst flowing perfectly.

Gehry’s most well-known project is probably The Walt Disney Concert hall in LA.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright is considered by some to be not only the greatest architect of the past century, but of all time, and it is not hard to see why. Wright was a pioneer who thought about both interior and exterior spaces in a new and exciting way.

Born in 1867 into a humble background, Wright never received any formal architectural education, which made his ability to create designs that appeared natural and organic to the landscape, and come up with new and improved methods of construction, all the more impressive.

Wright’s most impressive and legendary buildings include the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and Taliesin West, his home and studio in Arizona.

Zaha Hadid

Born in Iraq in 1950, Zaha Hadid went on to become one of the most prominent women in architecture, and the first woman to ever win the Pritzker Architecture prize, which is often thought of as the architectural equivalent to the Nobel Prize.

Hadid’s designs are amongst the most unconventional of her age. They are often described as futuristic, avant-garde, and daring. Sadly, many of her projects remained in the design stage, having never been built, but this did not stop her from being ranked as the 69th most powerful woman in the world back in 2008.

Hadid’s most popular works include MAXXI, which is Rome’s National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Chanel’s mobile museum, which she designed with Karl Lagerfield, and Gaungzhou Opera House.

Of course, it was extremely difficult to narrow down the list of iconic architects of the last century to just three, as there are so many great ones left untouched, so it is well worth taking some time to explore the topic further.

Posted by Mark
November 1, 2014
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