Top 5 architectural inspirations

by Luís Pombo, senior architect
July 2018 -
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Milà House “La Pedrera”, Antoni Gaudí – Barcelona, Spain

La Pedrera has always fascinated me. It is the most iconic work of Antoni Gaudi and a revolution in the architectural style for the time (1900s). A world reference for its constructive and functional innovations, and for the genius of ornamental and decorative solutions.
There are many reasons to visit Barcelona, but this one is enough to go!
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Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Ruy d’Athouguia, Alberto Pessoa e Pedro Cid – Lisbon, Portugal

I work within walking distance from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and being able to see every day one of my architectural works of reference is really a privilege and an inspiration.
The Gulbenkian is a place where I usually go alone or with my family and never get bored of. I am particularly fascinated by the organization of dry and abstract volumes and their integration into the surrounding park.
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Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright – Pittsburgh, EUA

The Fallingwater house is certainly one of the most famous houses in the world. It was built over a waterfall and its integration with the natural elements is incredible. A 1930s project that marks the introduction of modern and organic architecture in the United States by Frank Lloyd Wright.

"Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet."

Frank Lloyd Wright
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German Pavilion for the Barcelona International Exhibition, Mies van der Rohe – Barcelona, Spain

I’m one of the countless architects inspired by this incredible work, by Mies van der Rohe. An undeniable reference built from glass, steel and different types of marble. It bears the curiosity of having been built for the international exhibition of Barcelona in 1929, demolished, and then rebuilt, which demonstrates well its importance.
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Our Lady of the Heights chapel, Le Corbusier – Ronchamp, France