The second part of our expose of the most famous architects of the world looks at the marvellous buildings and structures that adorn our planet from brilliant designers. We start our architectural journey with somebody that was famous for his prairie-style building design, Frank Lloyd Wright.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Some admirers of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work have dubbed him as the greatest architect of all time bar none, while this is a rather sweeping accolade there is no doubting that this creative architect has designed some wondrous buildings. Wright was mostly admired how he managed to think of inside and outside spaces as one, this led to some quite brilliant design techniques. He was always pushing the boundaries in terms of construction techniques and building forms. The most surprising thing about this incredible architect is that he never attended formal architectural school, noted also for his organic and natural forms his work is innovative. His work includes New York’s Guggenheim Museum, his own home in Arizona and the Arizona State University.
The first lady to make our list and in fact the first woman who ever won the coveted Pritzker Architecture award. Zaha Hadid hails from Iraq and her work to say the least is daring. This is design at its most futuristic and artistic, but sadly a great number of her designs never saw the light of day. Hadid made the Forbes list as the 69th most powerful women in 2008, and her buildings instil an amount of incredulity of how she actually achieved what she did. Her most coveted and applauded buildings and works includes the Bergisel Ski Jump, MAXXI and the Guangzhou Opera House.
A highly talented American architect that actually founded the Department of Architecture and Modern Art in New York. Philip Johnson’s work is easily identifiable as though he had signed his buildings, one of his most famous creations was the glass house in Connecticut. His talent with glass was one of his trademarks and he developed into crystal later in his career. If you want to look at one of his projects that epitomizes his work, then the fairy tale building of the Crystal Cathedral in California is Johnson at his very best. His architectural designs use influences of Pop Art and Minimalism.
One of the most significant and famous modern structures of our time is the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai. And it was designed and built by Tom Wright, the hotel has fame far and wide for its fantastic amenities and luxury. However, it probably has more fame for its state-of-the-art architecture. The hotel has the world’s highest atrium, that includes its own helicopter pad. This building is colossal not just in its size but also because of its unique design. The building is shaped like a sail and it protrudes from its own little island that is sitting in azure blue water.
The architects featured in our blog have left permanent legacies of their skill and talent, their work will live on far longer than they will and is a gift from them to the world.