Architectural shifts – postmodern takes a step back to simplify our perceptions of creativity

A newly established architecture firm, Moreau Kusunoki based in Paris since 2011, were recently selected to design the Helskini Museum. The two architects moved from Tokyo to start their firm and have been selected by the Guggenheim Design Project based on their ‘deep respect’ for the space, whilst creating a fragmented layout. Let’s take a quick look at the shift between Moreau Kusunoki’s designs and their predecessor, Frank Gehry. Frank Gehry designed The Guggenheim in Bilbao in 1997. The recent architectural plans are much simpler with a shift towards cleaner lines whilst maintaining fragmented layouts with curves and interesting shapes similar to Gehry’s design. Moreau Kusunoki previously designed The Beauvais Theatre and The University of Savoie. They appear to be inspired by their predecessor, yet this design still lacks the ability to really throw its visitor off course. The element of surprise and movement in Gehry’s work appears yet to be matched. Frank Gehry, referred to by Rod Judkins as making ‘order out of chaos’, is known for his abstract twist on architectural design and a passion for creating surprising collections of work that even years after their construction and completion still challenge our perceptions of art and architecture. There is now a clearer call for more minimal aesthetic aspirations. It appears that Moreau and Kusunoki are attuned with this ethos whilst taking the influence of Gehry’s chaotic and fragmented structure, to incorporate it into a less radical, yet sophisticated and modern style. Here is a picture of the proposed Helsinki Museum, and below are two other of Moreau Kusunoki’s projects: The Helsinki

The Beauvais Theatre

The University of Savoie

These designs are clean, modern and sleek. It is clear to see why they won the competition and wonderful for a small firm to win a large bid such as this. Still Gehry’s original design is yet to be matched in terms of its unique and chaotically satisfying structure. I feel he holds a distinct affiliation with natural variety and a contingent thread throughout his designs follows ‘patterns in chaos’, closely aligned to nature’s design. His work appears postmodern with beautifully surprising shapes, and lots of curved lines that suggest variety in all forms. Order appears subject to creativity and diversity and when transformed into architectural design this suggests a deeply satisfying form of chaotic order that is both aesthetically pleasing and inspiring. A tour around The Guggenheim in Bilbao creates an entirely new perception of modern art, so it suits the functional needs of the project, as no doubt, will Moreau Kusunoki’s Helsinki design. Here are some of Gehry’s other equally inspiring works of architecture:

The Walt Disney Concert Hall

The Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris