“In architecture as in all other operative arts, the end must direct the operation. The end is to build well. Well-building hath three conditions: Commodities, firmness and Delight.”Sir Henry Wotten, The Elements of Architecture
Located in the heart New York City, the Giorgio Armani store is a sculpture of architecture, is a beautiful rendition of the supremacy of mans mind. The artfully crafted, breath taking staircase connects the show room, which develops on four different levels, and it’s viewed as one cohesive space, without clear distinctions between floors. Commodity is met in this project by the amazing staircase that connects the floors in a seamless, pure, high, stylish way. The ergonomic design provides comfortable ascending or descending and encourages traffic flow; it invites you to come, and experience such beauty. Vitruvius once said “for our sight searches for beauty”. The firmness factor is addressed by its structure, made out of wrought with the radiator grill of steel. For aesthetics the steel is covered with plastic material that highlights the look of the sculpture. It’s an element completely independent that can be assimilated with difficulty to a simple geometric figure. What can I say about delight? Well EVERRRRRRYTHHHING! This is the single most beautiful representation of a staircase I have ever seen. Beauty is everywhere! Staircases are one of the oldest building elements in architectural history, but its origin is uncertain. They are ever-changing in shape and aesthetics. This is a far cry from its ancestor the narrow straight connecting point A to point B. When I first saw this masterpiece , the first thing that came to mind after closing my mouth, cleaning my drool, and pulling myself together, was The Nathaniel Russell House which is perhaps best known for its magnificent free-flying buttress staircase. A marvelous example of African-American craftsmanship, the staircase appears to rise through all three of the house's main floors without any visible means of support, very resembling of the Armani Store composition. This is such a gift of well done architecture, and as I said before the “Supremacy of man’s mind at work”.
I personally like this pattern because it reminds me of my mother land Spain. The bright red roses on a woman’s black dress as she dances flamenco on the street. The ribbons of flowing lace, reminds me of curtains hanging on an old window with millions of detailed intricate designs that peak through the blue back drop of the afternoon sky. The little white and yellow flowers, reminds me of the wild flowers in the rain forest of Costa Rica I used to cut and bring home to adorn a very simple house full of the smell of fresh baked bread, and the sound of the tv blasting and children laughing. The way we view things depends mostly on what we call the known, the way we were raised. The experiences we have had during our living, will mostly determine what we perceive as beauty, and as the absence of it. The meaning of things will also determine our view of architecture. For example if we grew up in the catholic religion, a modern contemporary church would not be our idea of beauty and worship. Since we are accustom to seeing godliness thru the eyes of a gothic cathedral lit up by the light of the story of Jesus’ birth through the stained glass windows, reflecting an array of colors on the old cold walls, and dreaming through a million candles lit on the altar. Our life influences our architecture, but our architecture also influences our lives.
Jasmine Collins "Mother and Children" 2008 Charcoal
Jasmine Collins "My Stage" 2009 Graphite