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Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron are among the very few architects whose work can be interpreted as an effort to regain architectures original grounds They believe that although a certain concept and preliminary design must always be used architecture builds itself and by having an open mind during the creation of a building you can capture the true meaning behind the structure They believe that architecture is a journey a discovery into the fundamental nature of the building Herzog and de Meuron are probably two of the most celebrated practitioners of minimalism in the world The works of Herzog de Meuron are characterized by several different principles and for example one common characteristic is the application of repetition as a design principle With Herzog de Meuron repetition is an instrument which permits the design of a space in which differential intensities can be expressed For example in the Ricola Factory and Warehouse there is repetition in the use of the translucent polycarbonate on the front and back faade An even closer look shows the repetition on these polycarbonate squares of a serigraphed deign of a plant leaf not only extending along the walls but under the overhanging canopy the interior and the exterior landscape as well Herzog and de Meuron work with geometrically clearly defined volumes which through the polyvalence of their surfaces alternate between lightness and transparency on the one hand density and heaviness on the other Vitruvioch 2 In the Dominius Winery in Yountville California 1997 the simple concrete building for storing the wine is clad in the dark local stone graded to generate several densities in the facade Some of the stones are open in texture others dense and concealing Another example of these architects interest in the intricately worked building shell is the project for a Greek Orthodox Church in Zurich Here a semi-transparent glass box surrounds several inner glass boxes with an interior effect marked by
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