The disjointed and brilliantly provocative geometry of the cantilevered architecture has been a landmark of Modernism. But even today it does not fail to mesmerize. Floors and walls fail to intersect, and meet only sometimes at unlikely angles – dynamic zig-zag shapes form astonishing building silhouettes. These buildings, situated over difficult terrains or constrained pots, surprise with the locations they manage to utilize just to validate the assumption that in the rivalry between nature and architecture, architecture always wins. Spaces are no longer static, with fluid and interwoven spaces being at the core of the cantilevering thrill.
The cantilever is a projecting beam, girder, truss or another structural element that carries an extended mass. It is able to project and externalize rooms and maximize space serving not only aesthetic but also functional purposes. Appearing to defy gravity, these strikingly disassociated forms are thought provoking in their ability to solve functional problems and even ontological ones: how to create positive, inhabitable spaces literally out of nothing. (Read more Via arch2o.com)
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