Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Stirling in Stuttgart

Snapshots from a recent whirl through Stuttgart.
Atmospheres: New Palace from the park in the center of the city
Stirling's Staatsgalerie stands on a plinth above a highway-like avenue.

James Stirling's Neue Staatsgalerie (1984) is probably the best work of Post Modernism, period. It holds its attraction over time, and rewards visits with many fascinating quirks. It also enters in multiple dialogues with the city's other monuments, including the 1922 train station by Paul Bonatz -- an important reference for conservative Madrid modernists in the 1920's and 30's -- and the various Neoclassical and Romantic-Classical piles scattered around the palace park.

The continuation of the ramp in the rotunda out the back

And the back of the building

Paul Bonatz, Stuttgart Main Train Station, 1922

Not too many of my pictures came out well, which is why there are so few. Sorry for the poor quality -- I guess it's time to invest in a better camera.

No comments:

Post a Comment