the abc of architects

via The ABC of Architects on Vimeo.

Concept and Animation: Andrea Stinga, Federico Gonzalez

Art Direction: Federico Gonzalez

Music: The Butterfly from Eugene C. Rose and George Ruble (creative commons)

I love this animated collection of 26 of the world’s great architects from the past 100 years,  and their most iconic buildings.  It has a vintage feel to it –  like 1930’s kinetic short cartoon – propelled forward by clever and catchy music.  The buildings sway and bounce to the ear worm of a breezy, old-timey tune.

I’m not an architect, but good design is very pleasing.  This quirky little ditty of a video is clever and fun – and you might learn something as well.

In case you want to keep track (and you’d better look smart – it all moves along at a quite sprightly pace) here are the 26 architects and their buildings:

Alvar AAlto _ Säynätsalo Town hall – Finland
Luis Barragán _ satellite towers – Mexico city
Santiago Calatrava _ Lyon – Satolas airport railway station – lyon France
Luís Domènech i Montaner _ Antoni Tàpies foundation – Barcelona
Eduardo Souto de Moura _ Paula Rego’s House of Stories _ Cascais _ portugal
Norman Foster_ London City Hall _ England
frank Gehry _ Guggenheim bilbao _ Spain
herzog & de meuron _ Beijing National Stadium _ CHina
Arata Isozaki _ Palau Sant Jordi _ barcelona
Philip Johnson _ The Glass House _ New Canaan _ United state
Louis Kahn _ National Parliament of Bangladesh _ Dhaka city
le corbusier _ Villa Savoye _ Poissy, Francia
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe _ barcelona pavilion _ Spain
oscar niemeyer _ National Congress of Brazil, Brasília
Joseph Maria Olbrich _ Secession building, vienna – Austria
César Pelli _ Petronas Twin Tower _ Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Giacomo Quarenghi _ the Smolny Institute _ St. Petersburg, Russia.
Renzo Piano + Richard Rogers _ Pompidou Centre _ Paris, Francia
Álvaro Siza _ Ibere camargo foundation _ porto alegre _ Brazil
kenzo Tange _ Tokyo Olympic Stadium – Japan
Jørn Utzon _ Sydney Opera House _ Australia
William Van Alen _ Chrysler Building _ New York City
frank lloyd wright _ guggenheim new york _ United state
Iannis Xenakis _ Philips pavilion _ Expo ’58 in Brussels
Minoru Yamasaki _ World Trade Center
Zaha Hadid_The Pierres Vives building _ Montpellier, France

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