Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary

Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary
The Drawing Center
35 Wooster Street, New York
Through April 8

Though best-known as a composer, Xenakis trained as a civil engineer in Greece and travelled to Paris in 1947, where he ended up working in the studio of Le Corbusier. His most famous building design was the Philips Pavilion for the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels. In this work, Xenakis was able to fully explore the mathematics of hyperbolic paraboloids, and how music could be applied to built form.

-Excerpt from The Architects Newspaper

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3 responses to “Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary

  1. electronicmusik

    The music of Xenakis has always fascinated me but this was a side of him I didnt know much about. It’s strange how little of this kind of beautiful architecture didnt make it into the UK, yet some many awful buildings did.

    One notable exception thats springs to mind is the Catholic Cathedral in Liverpool which was designed by Fredrick Gibberd.

    There is a great film on youtube called Crown of Glass which details it’s contruction.

  2. Undoubtedly one of the masters of the twentieth century.

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