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Menges, Axel

Works: 80 works in 129 publications in 4 languages and 1,560 library holdings
Genres: History  Architectural drawings  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Pictorial works  Catalogs  Guidebooks  Biographies 
Roles: Editor, Adapter, Contributor, Other, Artist, wac, zxx
Classifications: NA737.S53, 720.6573
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Axel Menges
Architecture of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1963-1973 by Owings & Merrill Skidmore( Book )

20 editions published between 1974 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rudolf Steiner, Goetheanum, Dornach by Wolfgang Pehnt( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in German and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the time it was built, anthroposophists saw the Goetheanum in its present form, enthroned halfway up the side of the Birs valley near Basel, merely as a memorial to the first Goetheanum, that burnt down on New Years Night 1922. Marie Steiner, Rudolf Steiner's wife, called the new building "a plainer spiritual home". But in the six and a half decades of its existence the massive concrete structure has not just stood the test of time as the centre of the anthroposophical movement. It has also turned out to be a singular phenomenon in the architecture of the 20th century, ultimately comparable with nothing but itself. The present Goetheanum was opened on Saturday 29 September 1928. Since this day the building has played host to key Dornach activities for the Anthroposophical Society and the Freie Hochschule for Geisteswissenschaft. Rooms and activities cannot be read from the building in the way twenties architectural functionlism used to require. Gestures of inclusion, protection and vaulting dominate. The building forms a unified whole, sheltered by a unified roof. As a structure, the Goetheanurn drops hints about its internal dispositions and purposes, but nothing more. In this it resembles an organic creature, and is indeed reminiscent of one, cowering on its mountain spur, its organs hidden by a bodily covering. The text by Cologne architectural historian Wolfgang Pehnt, who had tried once before to place the Dornach buildings in architectural history in his book Expressionist Architecture, is an analysis by an outsider, someone not working from anthroposophical conviction. Pehnt explains the role and achievement of these unusual buildings. He runs over past history andsketches the effect of the Goetheanum right down to the present day. But even this unprejudiced chronicler finds that the Dornach buildings are of incomparable originality, early examples of organic architecture, daring both artistically and technically, and an appeal in stone to find and sustain one's own originality. Thomas Dix has taken new pictures of the second Goetheanum and the other buildings by Steiner in Dornach for the present volume. He shows the complex at various times of the day and the year, in morning mist, in strong afternoon shadow, and at night, when the main building becomes a hollowed-out mountain massif, with colours light pouring out of the apertures
Architekten Schweger + Partner : Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe by Andrea Gleiniger( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in German and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le Corbusier : unite d'habitation, Marseille by Alban Janson( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in German and French and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jørgen Bo, Vilhelm Wohlert : Louisiana Museum, Humlebæk by Michael Brawne( Book )

3 editions published between 1993 and 2005 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coop Himmelb(l)au, Musée des Confluences, Lyon by Frank Werner( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in French and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the end of the 20th century, an unprecedented number of remarkable museums have been built. None have had bigger worldwide implications than Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Until, that is, the new Musée des Confluences in Lyon was opened to the public, in late 2014. It was created by Wolf D. Prix of the Coop Himmelb(l)au team, which was founded in the 1970s. Many avantgarde groups from those wild years such as Archigram, Superstudio, Archizoom, Haus-Rucker- Co, and the Japanese Metabolists are now consigned to the past, but the Coop Himmelb(l)au architecture firm, whose special aspiration was always to bring into the world buildings that overcome the pull of the earth buildings to float on the horizon like clouds is more in demand than ever. The finest demonstration of this endeavour to date can now be admired in Lyon. Functioning as a museum of human history, this impressive concrete, metal and glass colossus truly does appear to float above the peninsula at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône. Like the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, this new building, so impossible to overlook, is an inspiration for the revitalisation of disrupted urban areas and the valorisation of derelict industrial areas within the city precincts, but also far beyond Lyon. This 'Opus' volume deals with the origins, construction, function and formal appearance of the Musée des Confluences, and also offers a preliminary theoretically based evaluation of the architecture of the building
Oswald Mathias Ungers : Haus Belvederestrasse 60, Köln-Müngersdorf by O. M Ungers( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in German and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Das Haus ist ein Abbild der Idee von Welt, von Leben, von Existenz". Für den Kölner Architekten Oswald Mathias Ungers (1926 bis 2007), Besitzer einer berühmten Sammlung von Büchern über Architektur, der sich mit dem Bauen immer wieder auch theoretisch auseinandergesetzt hat, war 1958/59 der Bau des eigenen Hauses mehr als ein privates Abenteuer. Für ihn bedeutete es den Gewinn räumlicher Erfahrungen und eine Erprobung des Möglichen. Es war ein Laboratorium, »ein kleines Universum±, "ein Weltstück". Nicht weniger als drei Wohnhäuser hat Ungers für sich und seine Familie im Laufe seines Lebens gebaut, zwei im Kölner Vorort Müngersdorf, eines in der Eifel. Schon das erste, dem dieser Band gewidmet ist, erregte internationales Aufsehen; es galt als wichtiges Beispiel des sogenannten Brutalismus. Es zeige »alles, was ich damals konnte±, schrieb Ungers zu dem Bau. Einhüllung und Bergung, Metamorphose und Transformation, Autonomieanspruch der Architektur, aber auch Rücksichtnahme auf den genius loci waren gewollt. Architekten bauten damals gern Bungalows im Grünen für sich. Ungers dagegen siedelte sich in einem Ort mit Spuren römischer Vergangenheit an und erwarb ein Grundstück, das an eine bereits existierende Zeile von Reihenhäusern anschloß. Drei Jahrzehnte später erweiterte Ungers den Formenkatarakt des Erstlings um einen geometrisch strengen Würfel, bestimmt für seine Bibliothek. Von der Überraschungsästhetik des Frühwerks führte der Weg zur rigorosen Abstraktheit des Spätwerks. Auch dieses Gebäude in seiner Andersartigkeit und im Zusammenspiel mit seinem Vorgänger wurde zu einem Manifest. Es entspricht der Auffassung vom Haus als kleiner Stadt und der Stadt als großem Haus, eine Idee, die seit Alberti die europäische Architekturgeschichte durchzieht. Trotz aller Unterschiede machen die beiden kontrastierenden Formate gemeinsame Sache
Ferdinand Kramer/SSP SchürmannSpannel, Forschungszentrum BiK-F, Frankfurt am Main by Fabian Wurm( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in German and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Provides a detailed description of the building, which dates from 1957 and which was completely reconditioned by the office of Schürmann-Spannel in the years 2009-2013. The pictorial section contains plans of the original and present condition as well as photographs especially made for this publication by Jörg Hempel. It is preceded by Fabian Wurm's essay, which not only discusses the building in detail, but also addresses the pressing question of converting buildings from the time after World War II"--Jacket
Ivano Gianola : LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura by Frank Werner( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in German and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ivano Gianola is one of the founding members of the so-called Ticino School. Like the other significant figures of this legendary school he is primarily concerned with urban-development and architectonic quality of building in the Canton of Ticino. The extensive œuvre that has sprung from this concern has produced a plethora of intuitively designed, distinctive buildings. After more than ten years of planning and building, Gianola's most extensive project and at the same time the largest project of the Canton of Ticino to date is now open to the public. The new Cultural and Art Centre of Lugano is located directly on the shore of Lake Lugano. The spacious and spatially differentiated new building is an architectonic hybrid that combines a museum for contemporary art, a convention centre, various restaurants and cafés as well as a theatre under one roofscape
Neue Kamine : Technik, Material, Form = New fireplaces : techniques, materials, forms by Ernst-Joachim Danz( Book )

3 editions published in 1979 in German and Multiple languages and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bauen in Deutschland : ein Führer durch die Architektur des 20. Jahrhunderts in der Bundesrepublik und in West-Berlin by Falk Jaeger( Book )

3 editions published in 1985 in German and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Otto Ernst Schweizer, Kollegiengebäude II der Universität Freiburg by Immo Boyken( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in German and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the Kollegiengebäude II (college building II) of the University of Freiburg dedicated in 1961 the architect Otto Ernst Schweizer had achieved a masterpiece. Being built in the modern design idiom, it nevertheless took Freiburg's tradition into account and gave a new quality of life to the university and the urban development of the inner city quarters. full potential inherent in modern society
Parc de sculptures : Erich Engelbrecht, Château des Fougis by Gottfried Knapp( Book )

3 editions published in 2019 in French and English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In their sculptural works, artists have always broken out of the workshop or studio and into open-air spaces. After all, the place where sculptures are best able to show their three-dimensional quality is in an open space not enclosed by walls and ceiling, in which all flows of power and movement can have free rein. However, because public spaces offer only very limited possibilities for sculpture development, sculpture parks have been developed almost everywhere in the world where artists can work without restrictive conditions. During his search for a place in France where he could present his large sculptures, Erich Engelbrecht discovered in 2000 the open, meadow-like land, with the château tucked into a piece of forest behind it. This open space, picturesquely framed by groups of trees, was precisely what he had imagined. And the fact that a château was waiting for its new owner at the end of this tract of land made this discovery a stroke of luck rarely experienced by anyone in general, and almost never by artists in particular
Sir John Soane's Museum, London by Stefan Buzas( Book )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in German and English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alsfeld by Peer Zietz( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in German and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1975, the European Year of Protection of Ancient Monumemts, Alsfeld in Upper Hesse acquired model-town status, along with Berlin, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Xanten and Trier in Germany. In this way the Council of Europe was acknowledging the long tradition of monument protection in a place where an astonishingly large number of historic buildings have survived. There are numerous tightly-packed timber frame buildings in the medieval ground plan of the town, some built as long ago as the 14th century. The market-place, forming the centre of the town with town halls Weinhaus (wine house) and Hochzeitshaus (wedding house), is one of the most important complexes of its kind in Germany. The town hall, built in a way that inspired many of its German successors, was to have been pulled down in 1878 by order of the town council. It was not until residents protested that preservation and restoration of what is now the symbol of the town were assured, providing the first example of Alsfeld's tradition in this field. Even today ensembles of unique unity are to be found in its main streets. There is almost nowhere else where one can form such a good impression of a small German medieval town than here." "The present volume does not intend to show Alsfeld just as a "timber-frame museum": an attempt has also been made to show how a town of this kind has changed in the upheavals of the past 100 years by juxtaposing Uwe Rudenburg's photographs with pictures produced in about 1880 by Ludwig Bickell, Hesse's first Provincial Conservator."--BOOK JACKET
Hermann Blomeier, Günter Wilhelm : Bodensee-Wasserversorgung, Sipplingen by Hermann Blomeier( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in German and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fundación César Manrique, Lanzarote by Simón Marchán Fiz( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in German and Undetermined and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Om delvist underjordisk byggeri, huler, øens sorte vulkanske klipper, integreret i byggeriet. César Manrique er maler og billedhugger
Architektur von Skidmore, Owings & [und] Merrill( Book )

2 editions published in 1974 in German and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Commerzbank, Frankfurt am Main( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in German and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Halle 3, Messe Frankfurt am Main( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in German and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Architekten Schweger + Partner : Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe
Architekten Schweger + Partner : Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie, KarlsruheLe Corbusier : unite d'habitation, MarseilleJørgen Bo, Vilhelm Wohlert : Louisiana Museum, HumlebækOtto Ernst Schweizer, Kollegiengebäude II der Universität FreiburgAlsfeldFundación César Manrique, LanzaroteCommerzbank, Frankfurt am MainHalle 3, Messe Frankfurt am Main
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Menges, Axel

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