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ABOUT MARIO BOTTA

  • Born in Switzerland, 1943
  • Studied architecture with Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn
  • Started his own architecture practice in Switzerland in 1970

BOTTA’S ARCHITECTURE

  • Often features stark and strong geometric shapes
  • Trained in the Modernist Movement that says designs should be functional
  • But he combines functional design with traditional architectural symbolism and many contradictory elements

OTHER DESIGNS

  • Aside from designing buildings, Botta has also designed furniture and household items like this chair and these pitchers.

CHAPEL AT MOUNT TAMARO

  • Botta was given opportunity to build votive chapel anywhere on this mountain in the Alps
  • The Chapel of St Mary of the Angel at Mount Tamaro 1996
  • Different geometric shapes interact with the landscape to create many different views

SF MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

  • SFMOMA opened in 1994
  • Botta’s first American building
  • Emphasizes open space and natural light
  • Steel frame covered with textured and patterned bricks

OPINIONS ABOUT BOTTA

  • Shapes & Colors are interesting
  • Buildings are different, not boring
  • One is OK — Would you want a whole town of them?