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Atousha’s Pick of the Week

1 Feb

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Atousha has been with Environmental Design group the longest, while she is young in age she brings an old wisdom to all of her work. Atousha decided to think a bit outside the box this week and chose an surreal building in Paris for her pick of the week. To be specific Atousha chose La Philharmonie de Paris 2, a design competition winner by Jean Nouvel.

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This design concept and model are truly remarkable and unique. This building was designed to be built in Parc de La Villette the french capital. The Philharmonie de Paris 2 is to seat 2,400 and provide a simple modern theatre to a country known for its detailed and over the top styles. The model and renderings are so realistic you can just imagine yourself in this beautifully sculptural space.

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Atousha chose La Philharmonie de Paris 2 for its simple beauty and undeniable uniqueness. Atousha was also inspired by this auditorium because she herself is a musician.  While designing an auditorium for her senior thesis Atousha heard about this competition winning auditorium and had to check it out for herself. To this day Atousha won’t forget how this auditorium model gained attention while she was working on her thesis auditorium. Do your hobbies like music influence your design?

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Atousha’s Pick of the Week

11 Dec

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Atousha has been with Environmental Design Group for a little over year and during that time she has established herself as a design force to be reckoned with.  Atousha is a tactful, and focused designer with a clear vision, so naturally for Atousha’s pick of the week she chose to honor a classic architect Oscar Niemeyer.  Sadly, Oscar Niemeyer passed away recently at the age of 104 but thankfully he left behind a legacy of buildings that break the mold.

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Oscar Niemeyer was born in 1907 in Brazil during a different era of straight lines and rigid conformity.  Considered one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture, Niemeyer’s buildings refused to follow rules.  Niemeyer once said “Right angles don’t attract me. Nor straight, hard and inflexible lines created by man. I am attracted to free-flowing, sensual curves.”  in his memoir  “The Curves of Time” which truly defined his design aesthetic. Although Niemeyer’s design wasn’t a hit with everyone he simply shrugged the criticism off. One of his most famous works Niemeyer teamed up with Le Corbusier to create the United Nations building in New York. Over Oscar Niemeyer’s lifespan he altered the skyline of architecture and will be forever remembered.

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Atousha chose Oscar Niemeyer for her pick of the week for a number of reasons, his use of form being paramount. Also, Atousha admires how Niemeyer’s worked advanced modern architecture. In addition, Atousha really likes how free his design aesthetic is. Overall, Atousha chose to honor a great architect, his body of work and the memory of how Oscar Niemeyer broke the mold.