Ten Buildings Which Epitomize The Triumph Of Postmodernism

Ten Buildings Which Epitomize The Triumph Of Postmodernism

Being such a recent movement in the international architectural discourse, the reach and significance of post-modernism can sometimes go unnoticed. In this selection, chosen by Adam Nathaniel Furman, the "incredibly rich, extensive and complex ecosystem of projects that have grown out of the initial explosion of postmodernism from the 1960s to the early 1990s" are placed side by side for our delight.

From mosques that imagine an idyllic past, via Walt Disney’s Aladdin from the 1990s, to a theatre in Moscow that turns its façade into a constructivist collage of classical scenes, "there are categories in post-modernism to be discovered, and tactics to be learned." These projects trace forms of complex stylistic figuration, from the high years of academic postmodernism, to the more popular of its forms that spread like wildfire in the latter part of the 20th century.

Postmodernism as an architectural, economic and cultural condition is alive and well. Everywhere. In architectural discourse, the complex and enriching incorporation of multiple references into a fluid tectonics that embody our simultaneously protean and borderless, as well as highly constructed, local identities, has been a no-go area for many years.

The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire / Pierre Fakhoury

Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire. Image © Felix Krohn

Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi. Image © Phil Page

Horton Plaza, San Diego / Jon Jerde

Horton Plaza, San Diego. Image © Joanne DiBona

Piazza d'Italia, New Orleans / Charles Moore

Piazza d'Italia, New Orleans. Image Courtesy of Notes From Architecture

Walt Disney World Dolphin and Swan Hotels and Resort, Orlando

Walt Disney World Dolphin and Swan Hotels and Resort, Orlando

Grand Lisboa Tower, Macau / Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects

Courtesy of Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects. Grand Lisboa, Macau. Image Courtesy of CTBUH

PPG Place, Pittsburgh / Philip Johnson

PPG Place, Pittsburgh. Image via The Red List

Secret Intelligence Service Building (MI6), London / Terry Farrell

MI6 Headquarters, London. Image © Tony Grant

Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver, Canada. Image © Safdie Architects

Neue Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart / James Stirling

Neue Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart. Image Courtesy of Nieuwe Musea

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Cite: James Taylor-Foster. "Ten Buildings Which Epitomize The Triumph Of Postmodernism" 27 Feb 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/603156/ten-buildings-which-epitomize-the-triumph-of-postmodernism> ISSN 0719-8884

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