At The Architect’s Newspaper, we’re plain addicted to Instagram. Sure, we love seeing Brutalist concrete through “Inkwell” or “Ludwig” filters, but there’s also no better place to see where architects are getting their inspiration, how they’re documenting the built environment, and where they’ve traveled of late.
Below, we bring you some of the best Instagrams of this past week! (Also, don’t forget to check out our Instagram account here.)
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) shared this throwback picture of the elegantly x-braced Alcoa Building in San Francisco.
In 1967, the Alcoa Building (now known as One Maritime Plaza) introduced a new engineering solution: innovative X-shaped bracing offset from a glass curtain wall. The San Francisco tower’s steel framework, coated in bronze-colored aluminum, anchors it against seismic forces, and also allows for open, column-free interior spaces. Developed in a collaborative effort between architectural designers and structural engineers, the bracing system was later adapted for such skyline-defining buildings as the John Hancock Center in Chicago, built three years later. Photo © Mak Takahashi #Architecture #Design #Engineering #OneMaritimePlaza #SanFrancisco #ThrowbackThursday
Amsterdam-based UNStudio teased this picture of its Qatar Integrated Railway Project and its “vaulted petal ceilings.”
Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson posted this picture of his studio, which resembles the lair of a mad scientist as much as an artist’s workspace.
British designer Adam Nathaniel Furman was in Liverpool, England, and shared this image of the Metropolitan Cathedral in all its gloomy Brutalist glory.
New York–based SHoP Architects shared this picture of its long-in-the-works Botswana Innovation Hub.
Deborah Berke stopped by New York City’s IFC Center to see Columbus—see our article on the film, which is set in modernist mecca Columbus, Indiana.
Last but not least, here’s that fastidious hand-drawn plan of a Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners project in Guangzhou, China.