The Atheneum is one of Richard Meier’s bestknown projects built in The Atheneum by Richard Meier architect, at New Harmony, Indiana, to , architecture in the Great Buildings Online. There is nothing superfluous in Richard Meier’s lean preliminary studies for the Atheneum, a visitors” center and museum for the town of New Harmony.

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Psychological Demands of space This determinant is addressed, I believe, by the central circulation pattern of the space. Clark and Michael Pause. The Atheneum is designed so that visitors have to go a specific way through the building, richrad out into New Harmony itself.

The Atheneum”, Global Architecture. This small space affords a panoramic vista like that from the prow of a ship.

In the plan, the building’s principal cross axes can be seen extending beyond it into the landscape, as if connecting atheneym with the grid of the town to welcome visitors. The Creator’s Words “My rigor also is a search for clarity. Gallery II is on the second floor and it is this room whose shape mirrors the river and has a long rectangular window that features a view of the river.

He produces them not for aesthetic purposes—he finds little value in drawing and coloring beautiful facades—but rihcard part of his process of exploring the building’s fundamental design, in plan, section, and elevation.

The Atheneum Commentary The Atheneum in New Harmony, Mwier serves as a visitation starting point to this important utopian settlement. The exit of the building down the long unfolded ramp ultimately links visitor directly to the town. Are Public and Private Schools.

The Atheneum, Richard Meier

Richard Meyer and Partners. There is nothing superfluous in Richard Meier’s lean preliminary studies for the Atheneum, a visitors” center and museum for the town of New Harmony, a utopian community founded in the early nineteenth century. Subscribers – login to skip ads. Upon reaching the exhibition space on the third level, the visitor can look back on the route he has traveled, through staggered interior slots and windows framing the essential spaces, as well as forward to what is to come.


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Details Porcelain-enameled cladding panels are 2′-” square. It was built between and A third form responds to the passing river. The town flourished economically for ten years until it Rapp, who felt his flock should go back from whence they came, sold the land and assets to British social reformer Robert Owen, who brought his own group of intellectuals to live in social and economic New Harmony.

As the ramp winds upward from the orthogonal grid and regains the five-degree offset orientation of the path from the river, the entire building is set in motion; the geometry of overlaid grids inducing a sense of spatial compression at certain points, tension at others, with grids almost colliding.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. All requests to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA should be ruchard to Scala Archives at firenze scalarchives. The fourth is closed to the public and has furniture designed by Richard Meier himself. For licensing motion richwrd film footage it is advised to apply directly to the copyright holders.

But, of the two, the plan is the most convincing and fundamental expression of architectural ideas. Documents Flashcards Grammar checker. Visitors athenum by boat land on a path that leads through a field to the building. Meier has said of the Atheneum that “circulation is the main spatial protagonist of this building and the ramp is its most vital element. The Museum of Modern Art,p.

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For Meier, drawings are a means to an end. Together with the section, it generates the building. Although the utopian society dissolved aroundMeier kept this original historic context as his primary concern in this design.


Another function of the building is to serve a transitional element, a link from the outside in, and even from the past to the present. By rotating one axis slightly off center, Meier creates a dynamic tension that is reinforced by the shifting directions of the path threading through a variety of spaces connected by ramps and stairs. I do believe that buildings should speak. Rizzoli International Publications, The windows frame specific views and this climaxed as the visitor reaches the open roof deck that exposes wide-open vistas as well as a view to the town.

The contemporary town of Harmony, has developed as a scientific centre of national significance wikipedia and has continued to have an elevated relationship with its architecture. The historical inspiration underlying much of Meier’s work is the early architecture of Le Corbusier, such as the Villa Savoye, an icon of the modern movement.

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The plan, which seems to have been neglected of athensum, is in fact the key. This collision resonates throughout the complex interior as the ramp, illuminated by light from above, resolves the two grids in plan and section.

This caused for the planning to include a raising the building up on a podium of atheneuum for protection. Visitors descend by way of a second ramp — this one elongated and stepped, an uncoiled version of the interior one — leading out of the building and into New Harmony itself.

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