ALLURE OF THE "CRYSTAL: MYTHS AND METAPHORS IN ARCHITECTURAL MORPHOGENESIS

Emine ÖZEN EYÜCE

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26687/archnet-ijar.v10i1.908

Abstract

'Form' has always been one of the most important issues in architectural design. In the process of form-giving to the end-product, architects make use of different sources from typologies to intuitions or metaphorical ones. When the generic ideas of the prominent examples in architectural history have been traced, it can clearly be stated that one of the most effective metaphors used in architecture is the 'Crystal.' Appearing at the intersections between nature and human history and having a long history going back to myths, the 'Crystal' has been used extensively in architecture both as reflecting the meaning originating from its mythical background, and also, as a metaphor representing the perfection in nature. This article will try to trace the use of 'crystal' metaphor in history and analyzing the two examples, namely, the Royal Ontario Museum: 'Crystal' in Toronto (2007) by Daniel Libeskind and Musée des Confluences: 'Crystal Cloud of Culture' in Lyon (2014) by Coop Himmelb(l)au, will try to evaluate the change in the use of crystal metaphor in contemporary architectural morphogenesis.


Keywords

Crystal; Myth; Metaphor; Nature; Morphogenesis

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