The author views "nudity" as the "salient feature of the Modern in architecture: without nudity, the very notion of modern architecture becomes meaningless."
The concept of "nudity" in architecture is only apparently simple, and can certainly be considered in relation to "modern" buildings which reject all forms of decoration. In this sense nudity becomes an expression of "sincere" construction without any decorations to mask the architectural elements, recalling the image of buildings which are still under construction or are falling into decay, in which the structure was never hidden or has been revealed once again.
Author: Valerio Paolo Mosco
Title: Nuda Architettura
Publisher: Skira editore
Images: courtesy of Skyra
01, Petzinka Pink, North Rhine-Westphalia state offices, 2002-2003 - Berlin, Germany
02, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Lake Shore Drive Apartments under construction, 1948-1951 - Chicago, USA
03, QVE Arquitectos, Ataria Visitor Centre, 2001-2008 - Vitoria, Spain
04, Atelier Oslo AWP, The Lantern, 2008 - Sandnes, Norway
05, Valerio Olgiati, Perm Museum XXI, 2008 - Perm’, Russia
06, Toyo Ito & Associates Tama University Art Library 2004-2007 - Hachio¯ji, Tokyo, Japan
07, OTH, Kraanspoor office building,1997; 2006-2007 - Amsterdam, the Netherlands
08, Christ & Gantenbein, Advanced School of Art and Design 2008 - Basel, Switzerland