Fences are an integral piece of the puzzle when it comes to your dream home, no doubt about that. The Taylor Fencing team has always felt this way and will continue to do so as we evolve into an even better and better fence and gate installation company. For us, it’s more than a product; it’s a sense of pride when we drive down the street and see the numerous houses in this area and beyond, where we’ve made our stamp on the place where so many of our amazing customers call home. There’s no feeling quite like it. It’s also very humbling because we’re able to see just how far we’ve come. While we’re always looking towards the future – as a team, in our processes, in our products and more, there’s no way to successfully do that, unless you’re also celebrating the past. We’re sure that for many of us, right now the past is all that we want to look at – unless of course, we’re looking at a much more calm and serene duration of the year 2020… jokes aside, it can be both fun and meaningful to take a look in the reverse mirror, especially at those who have so successfully paved the way in our industry. While we love our fences, today we’re focusing on architects in general – those who came first and have created this really special foundation in building dream homes and structures. Read on for more information:
It would be overwhelming if we chronicled a list from the dawn of time, so we reined ourselves in and are just looking at the last 100 years or so. We’re sure that there will be additional posts of this nature in the future… we can’t help ourselves!
Hailing from Portugal, Álvaro Joaquim de Melo Siza Vieira was born in the early 1930s. He was classically trained, and even before he finished his studies, he had opened his own practice right there in Porto. He’s won all sorts of awards, including the Pritzker Prize for renovation work in a historic area of Lisbon that had previously been demolished by fire. His mantra? Architects don’t invent anything; they just transform reality.
Antoine Predock was born in Missouri in the United States in 1936. He became very well-known with the La Luz community, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before he won his first design competition at the Nelson Fine Arts Center of Arizona State University. If you look up buildings like the Turtle Creek House (a must for bird lovers and watchers) or even the San Diego Padres ballpark, they have his stamp all over them. As with Álvaro and every other architect on this list, Antoine won many different awards throughout his tenure as a storied expert.
Bjarke Ingels represents Denmark on this list, the head of the practice Bjake Ingels Group, or BIG. Here too is another example of someone who doesn’t like to cave to regular architectural principles and practices. You’re probably wondering why we wanted to focus so heavily on architects from the last century. It’s because when it comes to our current products, while they take functional and aesthetic note from older days, it’s really these decades that have identified where our fences could be better and in what context we can use them. Ingels is well-known for striking a balance between the practical and the whimsical, also serving as a huge pioneer in sustainable elements of the development in any of his projects. According to Archute, “At the bedrock of Bjarke’s philosophy is his belief that in order to deal with today’s challenges, architecture can profitably move into a field that has been largely unexplored. A pragmatic utopian architecture that steers clear of the petrifying pragmatism of boring boxes and the naïve utopian ideas of digital formalism. Like a form of programmatic alchemy, he seeks to create architecture by mixing conventional ingredients such as living, leisure, working, parking and shopping; making him one of the most famous architects today.”
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the Wisconsin native, Frank Lloyd Wright. This is a very popular name; you don’t even need to be that clued into architecture for him and the buildings that he’s had a hand in decorating to ring a bell for you. The Midwest where he grew up is credited for his style and sensibility, like the low-lying buildings that he could see all over the landscape where he grew up. Hence, the “Prairie House style” – clean lines and beautiful views. If you’re looking for one house that he designed, we recommend that you google “Falling Water”, a house that truly looks like it’s floating over the water, thanks to stacked balconies.
Speaking of pioneers, there is one Dame that falls squarely in this category and for very good reason. Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid was a British-Iraqi architect who passed away just a few years ago in 2016. Remember the Pritzker Architecture Prize that we reference above? She was the first woman to win, and as you can see, was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II shortly thereafter – specifically for her work in architecture. She is fondly referred to by those in the industry as the “Queen of the Curve”, and her works span across the globe. Examples include the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympics and the MAXXI Museum in Rome, among many, many others.
It would be impossible to fit everyone and their accolades into a post; as you can see, it’s very difficult to even condense today’s list down to a few. The point is that each of them brought something very special to the table – even each using fences and gates in very different ways. We love to look at each of their styles as pieces of the puzzle and we know that this next generation of architects and designers – no matter their style – will serve as inspiration for you as well.