Akron Art Museum, Ohio by Coop Himmelblau
Sook Tin's post raises 2 main, and very interesting, issues which I've used in the title. You guys have already started the discussion, I'm just adding a few more angles here for you to come up with more opinions.
One of the problems with Decon is that while it is fascinating and exciting standing by itself (...wish somebody would build one in Malaysia) it doesn't always sit well in historical settings. It sometimes seems to want to shove the old out of the way, or patronise it by showing off greater (technological) muscle--see how one of the butterfly wings hovers over the old building.
The other morsel for thought is: Can you imagine an entire chunk of a city made up of decon buildings? What would it be like, living in that area? If the idea of decon is to shock, then can anyone stand the massive shock waves that must envelope the decon village? (See, even the traditional word "village" doesn't go well with "decon".) How many decon buildings can Penang take?
The other subject of signature style is fascinating...but it's as old as the hills. Or rather, the idea of styles as a generator of architecture is. It will always crop up when the genius of imagination grows old and tired and the convenience of the pattern book arises, like a free buffet after a 7-day fast. Most of you have the (correct) suspicion that it's not a master to be subject to. Quite.
Hey...let's hear more from you guys.
JVC Entertainment Centre by Coop Himmelblau