Six Essential Materials & The Architects That Love Them

In case you missed it, we’re re-publishing this popular post for your material pleasure. Enjoy!

To celebrate the recent launch of our US product catalog, ArchDaily Materials, we’ve coupled six iconic architects with what we deem to be their favourite or most frequently used material. From Oscar Neimeyer’s sinuous use of to Kengo Kuma‘s innovative use of , which materials define some of the world’s best known architects?

Sfera Building / Claesson Koivisto Rune

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Architects: Claesson Koivisto Rune
Location: Kyoto,
Project team: Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto, Ola Rune, Kumi Nakagaki, Patrick Coan
Client: Shigeo Mashiro, Ricordi & Sfera co., ltd.
Contractor: Sugawara Construction co., ltd.
Total floor area: 1,200 sqm
Project Year: 2003
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman, Nacasa & Partners inc., Johan Fowelin

National Grand Theater of China / Paul Andreu

In is not all about Olympics. The National Grand , by Paul Andreu is a magnificent and gigantic project finished a few months ago, complementing all the infrastructure been built for the big sports event.

The project description after the break.

Kinderstad / Sponge Architects & Rupali Gupta + IOU Architecture

Architects: Sponge Architects & Rupali Gupta in cooperation with IOU Architecture
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Client: Ronald McDonald VU-Kinderstad
Area: 1000sqm
Construction start: May 2006
Completion: February 2008
Building contractor: BAM Utiliteitsbouw, Amsterdam
Structural Engineer: DHV, Rotterdam
Installations: Kropman, Utrecht
Photos: Kees Hummel