As if it Grew There

Posted by on September 11, 2012

While I was pursuing the coverage of the Venice Architecture Biennale, I was struck by this piece, Arum, from Zaha Hadid Architects.

It manages to look like both an organic form, and wholly man-made at the same time.

It reminds me very much of my favorite gas station. I don’t always by my fuel here, but whenever I can this is my station of choice.

This is Helios House in Los Angeles. It’s on the corner of Robertson and Olympic, and it is pretty much the closest station to my apartment. When it was under construction there was a huge fence around the site, so it was a complete surprise when it was unveiled. I was pretty stoked to live so close.

Both of these works rely heavily on computer geometries. As such, the look both futuristic and natural; like the aluminum panels just grew there.


Helios House was designed by Office dA in Boston and Johnston Marklee Architects in Los Angeles.

Arum photos from Design Boom

Helios House photos from here, here, here and here

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