Bertrand Goldberg

  • by Alan Taylor

Bertrand Goldberg was an American architect that trained in Bauhaus and worked under Mies van der Rohe, and environment that could only lead to his inevitable success! We love how his crisp clean lines combined with strong exposed concrete structures is the meeting of mid century modern and brutalist styles.⁠⁠
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His early designs were highly personal and, especially in the residential work, attentive to individual spatial needs. Parallel to these interests was a serious and inventive investigation into materials and construction technologies. These two themes were to remain central to his career, although modified in his later work.⁠⁠
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While his early commercial and industrial projects were noticed for their creative solutions to new problems, they were not easily adaptable to a larger scale at the time. By the end of the 1950s Goldberg developed two large commissions, Astor Tower and Marina City, which was a central achievement of his career.⁠⁠
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After Marina City, Goldberg’s interests were in larger social and political concerns, with progressive planning central to his projects. The Hilliard Homes were built in the mid-1960’s as public housing and the office prepared many designs for mixed-use residential communities, only one of which, River City, was built in the 1980s. In almost all projects, investigations into construction technology involved use of concrete, as both interests in form and structure were resolved through use of this material.⁠⁠
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What do you think of his work? Let us know in the comments below.⁠⁠

 

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