Being a true fan of late Modernism and post-Modernism, I have always been fascinated by the level of perfection achieved in commercial and residential works of Richard Meier – one of the most respected architects of our time along with Alvar Aalto, Tadao Ando, and other brilliant few. Each of his white concrete opuses appears as a clear continuation of the best modernistic traditions, and, being mixed with distinctive and consistent Meier’s style, delivers a real visual treat.
Placed mostly within green zones – especially residential – these remarkable buildings create magnetic paradox as they appear alienated from the environment and, at the same time, completely embedded, emphasizing linear and three-dimensional harmony of the modernistic wave. From Smith House (1965-1967) to Friesen House (1998-2001), Mr. Meier has been sustaining this striking tendency of contradiction.
One of the most recent of his creations is Church Dio Padre Misericordioso (Jubilee Church, 1996-2003). Emerged about 6 miles from the center of Rome, it exceptionally redefines ecclesiastical architecture of the 21st century. Despite on translucent and remote resemblance to the lighting effects employed by Le Corbusier in Notre Dame du Haut, the church is full of symbolism and spiritual fulfillment.
Light is the protagonist of our understanding and reading of space. Light is the means by which we are able to experience what we call sacred. Light is at the origins of this building,
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