Dudok, Hendrik Wijdeveld, Hermann Finsterlin, and Vilmos Huszar, issues were dedicated to Frank Lloyd Wright, Jan Toorop, Josef Hoffmann and Erich Mendelsohn
, tackling subjects as varied as Eastern art, Hungarian art, advertising, seashells, skyscrapers and crystals.
Take Erich Mendelsohn
, a well-known German architect, whose domed Park Synagogue in Cleveland, Ohio "alluded to tradition without copying it." And then there's Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, Pa., whose glass walls and ceilings slope upward, forming a pyramidal tower.
It is reflected in the works of some architects, such as Erich Mendelsohn
, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and the constructivists, combined with the feelings of a sensitive soul living in perfect harmony with nature, but which evinces its passion for sculptural creation.
Institute of Play is also directly inspired by modernist architecture and, in particular, buildings by Erich Mendelsohn
McAslan has for several years developed this expertise, in parallel to the design of crisp new buildings, as seen in the refurbishment of such important Modernist buildings as the De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, by Erich Mendelsohn
and Serge Chermayeff.
Starting from Potsdamer Platz and radiating outward to the suburban lakes, he lingers at the base of modern architectural wonders (particularly those of the architect Erich Mendelsohn
) and captures the energy of that metropolis.
The architect chosen for the task was Ernst Sagebiel, who until 1932 had been head Building Director for the great Jewish modernist architect Erich Mendelsohn
. After 1933 Sagebiel became a member of the Nazi Party and was also associated with the Deutsche Verkehrsfliegerschule (German Commercial Flying School), a front for clandestinely building up the German air force.
Just as Anne Frank might be writing romantic novels in Frankfurt, Salman Schocken might have continued to sell clothes in even more department stores designed by Erich Mendelsohn
, and the Jewish team Hakoah Vienna might have won a few more Austrian football championships; thus the heroes of this book might have turned German society of the 1950s and 1960s into an exciting intellectual culture.
Ms Zeidler said: "The building is faced in local stone and it shows influences of avant-garde European buildings of the time, namely those of Erich Mendelsohn
and Dutch architecture of the era.
With Gehry, the anti-aesthetic aesthetic, the intensely studied unpretentiousness, continues to be received as a vaguely defined architectural expressionism (sources like Hermann Finsterlin, Erich Mendelsohn
, Hans Scharoun, and inevitably Antonio Gaudi and Frank Lloyd Wright are invoked) rather than the consciously evolved position that it is.