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Route of Industrial Architecture
In twentieth century architecture, we should not overlook the signification of engineering works. The nature of these types of constructions is derived, in many cases, from the direct relationship between form and function, thereby making industrial architecture the synthesis of all the elements that constitute construction in the Modern Movement.
The buildings lack second interpretations. Their main qualities are the purity of their form, their adaptation to their surroundings, the simplicity of their exterior volumes, and the presence created by construction materials that are reduced to doing their specific job. From the beginning of the project, several factors are present that establish new relationships between construction methods and a building’s expressive qualities: technical innovation, metal or post- tension concrete structures, the alteration of the concepts of transparency and illumination, manifest in the use of laminates and large glass surfaces. The relations between the parts and the whole give way to unitary objects that exhibit a certain order. An order that is born from the systematic repetition of simple elements. An idea, which can be directly related to mass production.
On the different routes, we will recommend structures that include bridges, markets, train stations, naval yards, as well as facilities for distributing gas or electricity derived from such diverse sources as the sun, water or the wind.
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