Friday, November 4, 2011

Architectural Characters

The Veenman Printer building in Ede, Netherlands designed by Neutelings Riedijk. The facade wraps around the building to form a striking display of text. It is made of serigraphed glass and has a text by Dutch poet K. Schippers in a layout designed by Karel Martens. 

The "alphabet building" by MVRDV in Amsterdam. It is intended for small to mid-size creative agencies who have trouble finding suitable office space. 
:: Images from MVRDV via Designboom

Helvetica eHouse at the beach by 3D designer Chris LaBrooy.

The Number house 2 designed by Japanese architect Matsunami Mitsutomo.
Urban renewal housing project.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center received a typographic makeover. Designed by Paula Scher of New York's Pentagram. Below is a parking garage structure also designed by Scher. 

The Lentos Art Museum in Linz, Austria designed by Weber & Hofer in Zurich. It has a transparent glass casing covered in a pattern of words (lentoskunstmuseum) which has the enormously scaled "Lentos" reversed out of the this text. At night it is brilliantly lit with colored lights which makes a beautiful setting on the Danube River. 
The Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver, BC. The lowercase text that wraps around each level of the building reads, "lying on top of a building, the clouds looked no nearer than when I was lying in the street". Text designed by British artist Liam Gillick. 
:: Via Weburbanist
The Minnaert Building designed by Neutelings Riedijk for Utrecht University has the word "Minneart" spelled out as structural support columns.
:: Images from ArchiTravel via Weburbanist.
The Wales Millennium Center, a performing arts center in Cardiff. The statement "In These Stones, Horizons Sing" written in Welsh and English, boldly graces the front entrance of the building.
:: Via Weburbanist
Typographic architecture designs by Chris LaBrooy based on the architecture of Tadao Ando. Each letter is styled after some of LaBrooy's favorite building designs.
:: Via LaBrooy's Flickrstream

This temporary structure was designed for the Korean Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 by the Korean architectural firm Mass Studies. It is an amalgamation of Korean written language and signage. The exterior of the building is clad in pixels of the Korean alphabet, Han-geul, creating an overall sign, or a text message. The pixels are white panels with many relief letters, all in four different sizes. Most of the interior surfaces are composed of about 40,000 colorful art pixels. These 2 images don't nearly do the building justice. Check out more images of this spectacular structure at Design Envy and see a full-blown animation at Mass Studies. Simply remarkable!
:: Via Poketo

Russian text-laden building.
:: Via Jordan Lloyd

The Domino House. Wish I knew more about this photo. 
It really is a scream!
:: Via Hollyhocks and Tulips
Austrian postage stamp circa 1959. 
:: Via Karen Horton


  1. The Veenman printer building facade reminds me of an old typewriter golf ball head flattened out.

  2. I do not know of this book. Thanks for the tip—it is now on the wish list!


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