Canvas – A Root For Structural Transitions

From caves to graffiti walls, the art of painting has been a close companion of human civilization. Be it the residences, or the structural outlook of cities, art has always played a dominant role in shaping our lifestyles. The influence has been so much that, a growing trend is being seen among the architects in drawing inspiration from the masterpieces created by the canvas connoisseurs.

One such prominent and a widely embraced trend is the concept of ‘Cubism’. A 20th century avant-garde art movement, the concept of Cubism was first brought out through the paintings of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. The abstracted version of different dimensional elements depicting vibrant viewpoints soon became a favorite among the architect community.

While Picasso’s canvas became an eye-opener and a catalyst of expanding the creative horizons, Braque’s work enlightened the human societies by creating decisive impetus through abstract multi-dimensional paintings. Understanding the rational, abstract, and experimental, yet one-of-its-kind quality, architects involved in the real estate industry soon embraced the concept of Cubism into their works.

To better understand the canvas inspired transitions in the real estate sector, a brief glimpse is being offered on three of such prominent artists who redefined the dimensional concepts in the world of art.


Pablo Picasso: Spanish painter, sculptor, poet and playwright —  Pablo Picasso — is the co-founder of Cubist movement. A reformer who redefined the very notions of art, Picasso is known as an artistic visionary. Apart from the Cubist movement, Picasso is also known for his invention of constructed sculpture and is also the co-inventor of collage.

The Rietveld Schröder House, also known as the Schröder House in Netherlands is one of the many structures inspired by Picasso’s concept of Cubism. Designed by Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld  the house is best known example of De Stijl architecture. The architectural uniqueness effortlessly blends the structure’s interior and exterior elements.

Glass on a Table 1909-10 by Georges Braque 1882-1963
Glass on a Table 1909-10 Georges Braque 1882-1963 Bequeathed by Sir Antony Hornby through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1988

Georges Braque: A 20th century French painter and sculptor, Georges Braque with Picasso introduced the concept of Cubism into the world of art. Known as the artist with a futuristic vision, Braque’s works reflected the very spirit of experimental expressionism.

The Guggenheim Museum is one such structural wonder, depicting a close resemblance to Braque’s art work. Located in Spain, the museum is a house to modern and contemporary art and was designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. Inaugurated in 1997, the museum secured its position among the most important structural works completed since 1980, in the 2010 World Architecture Survey.

Painting by Kazimir Malevich

Kazimir Severinovich Malevich: A Russian painter and art theoretician, Kazimir Severinovich Malevich pioneered the concept of geometric abstract art. He is also considered as the originator of the avant-garde Suprematist movement which brought in a sea-change transformation in the world of art.

Inspired by Malevich’s art is the renowned Vitra Fire Station, in Germany. Designed by Architect Zaha Hadid, the structure resembles a close identity to Malevich’s painting. The structure showcases a deconstructive theoretical language that blends architecture with its surroundings by creating a life space for spatial relationships.

With the changing dynamics of the society, the trend has today picked its move towards a new wave of naturalism. Though coined in the 19th century by French writer Emile Zola, the concept of naturalism has grabbed its presence among numerous aesthetic beauties in the world of real estate. The growing popularity in itself created a new age form of architectural trend known as – Biomimetic. High-rises inspired by seasons, objects like sail boats and even alphabets are today the trending USPs of the real estate sector. The hunt for inspiration is still on…and so is the urge to redefine the structural transitions. With the world progressing rapidly, the future looks not just structurally supreme but aesthetically redefined.



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