Saturday, June 16, 2012


Westhafen Tower is a skyscraper in the Gutleutviertel district of Frankfurt. The building, which has a height of 109 metres, was designed by the architects Schneider & Schumacher and was completed in 2004. The tower, whose name literally means "Western Port Tower", is one of the first buildings at the former Western Port.

From the outside, the building is shaped like a cylinder, but the storeys are square-shaped, creating 18 conservatories between the interior and exterior. Each of the 30 floors above ground has a rentable area of approximately 820 square metres. One of the architectural features is the rhomboid facade structure, with 3556 triangular panes of glass forming the outer skin.
The structure of the building's glass facade resembles the rhombic surface of a typical Frankfurtian cider glass. Therefore, the building is popularly called das Gerippte, literally meaning "the Rhombic".

A portion of the triangular segments of the glass can be automatically opened for ventilation purposes in the bottom corner. The floors are heated with under the windows recessed convectors as the cooling is done via a cooling ceiling

General information
Westhafenplatz 1, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Construction started
109.9 m (361 ft)
Technical details
Floor count
Floor area
23,527 m2 (253,240 sq ft)
Design and construction
Westhafen Tower GmbH & Co.,
OFB Projektentwicklung GmbH

Thursday, June 14, 2012


Rhythm  may be generally defined as a movement marked by the regulated succession of strong and weak elements, or of opposite or different conditions. This general meaning of regular recurrence or pattern in time may be applied to a wide variety of cyclical natural phenomena having a periodicity or frequency of anything from microseconds to millions of years.

I have choosen some pictures to show you the different kinds of rhythm.

In nature:

In art:

In architecture:

In design:


Rhythm is a principle of art that's difficult to summarize in words. Assuming that you've picked up on a rhythm in music before, take what you heard with your ears and try to translate that to something you'd see with your eyes. Rhythm, in art, is a visual beat.
A pattern has rhythm, but not all rhythm is patterned. For example, the colors of a piece can convey rhythm, by making your eyes travel from one component to another. Lines can produce rhythm by implying movement. Forms, too, can cause rhythm by the ways in which they're placed one next to the other.
Really, it's easier to "see" rhythm in just about anything other than the visual arts.
This is my own example of rythmic composition:

In the first one I combine 4 colours ( blue, brown and two shades of pink). 
In the second one I used pictures of magazines to make a collage.

Other examples of rythm:

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Symmetry has been used as a way to organize elements in a space for thousands of years, and it can be used to unify the different parts of an image harmonically.
If an image is symmetric, when you follow it by the axis (or the different axes),  both parts will be exactly the same. Axes can be vertical, horizontal or oblique.
Symmetry is found in art and architecture, but also in nature and a lot of places of our daily life.

Types of symmetry:
-          Axial symmetry. There is only an axis and it is usually situated in the middle of the composition.
This is an example of axial symmetry in architecture:

-          Radial symmetry. There are some different axes which pass through a common point and they are placed like lines of a wheel.  The elements are at the same distance of the centre.
This is my own example of radial symmetry:

In visual art, rhythm consists in a sequence of elements, in which some different elements (or only one element) are ordered repeating and mixing them ( their colour, form, lines, brightness,…) and including free spaces. The result is a harmonic trajectory that organises a surface and gives the impression of dynamism.
Rhythm can be: uniform, alternate, increasing and decreasing, radial, symmetrical, modular, rhythmic or free.

This is an example of rhythm, a composition painted by Victor Vasarely in which is easy to see the rhythm.


I was inspired in a picture which maite had shown us in class. First I draw some strange forms all over the space with a small space between each other after that divide in 9 parts (those group of forms which are with the same color) After that I selected 4 group of colors( reds and yellows, greens, blues and purples, and grey and brown) and I painted them.

First I selected 4 photos of a person. She was with different gestures of her face in each photo. I cut each photo in 8 parts. And I mixed them to create 6 compositions as you can see.


This is my example of radial symetry, also the colors I used are in symetry with each others


 Searching in the net I found this website about symetry and rythm. It's an interactive web page, and there they explain you in an easy way what is symetry and rythm and they give you examples. But it's in spanish.

My own example of Rhythmic composition.

-Sorry for the contrasts of pink..Somebody breaks my marker.

Viana do Castelo Municipal Library

My rough layout

1) Name : Viana do Castelo Municipal Library.
2) Author: Alvaro Siza.
3) Construction: 2007.
4) Architectural style: Poetic modernism.
5) Detailed description: It is a two storey square shaped building, formed by an elevated volume , including a void, prolonged eastward on the first floor by a L shaped volume.The library headquarters, the library events area and the bar are on the first floor and the reading rooms are on the second floor.
6)  Localization: Viana do Castelo (Portugal).
7)  "Form follows function" is a principle associated with modern architecture and industrial design  in the 20th century. The principle is that the shape of a building or object should be primarily based upon its intended function or purpose.

General layout
Reading room

My father´s photographs

My own rhythm

This is my own project of rhythm . In the first one I combine two colours ( blue and pink) creating a heart-shape and in the second one I've used my own photos to make a collague , I have used colourfull, brighty and sunny photos because I think it makes the idea I want to transmit of hapiness and summer.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012



Rhythm  may be generally defined as a movement  marked by the regulated succession of strong and weak elements, or of opposite or different conditions." This general meaning of regular recurrence or pattern in time may be applied to a wide variety of cyclical natural phenomena having a periodicity or frequency of anything from microseconds to millions of years.
In the performance arts rhythm is the timing of events on a human scale; of musical sounds and silences, of the steps of a dance, or the meter of spoken language and poetry. Rhythm may also refer to visual presentation, as timed movement through space and a common language of pattern unites rhythm with geometry.

extrated from: WIKIPEDIA



-Symmetry generally conveys two primary meanings. The first is an imprecise sense of harmonious or aesthetically pleasing proportionality and balance such that it reflects beauty or perfection. The second meaning is a precise and well-defined concept of balance that can be demonstrated or proved according to the rules of a formal system: by geometry, through physics or otherwise. Here are some examples:

-In nature a good example of symmetry is the diamond.

-In art I have chosen two pictures.

-In architecture I have chosen two pictures again.

-And finally I have chosen tree logos in the category of desing.


 Red bull:



Rhythm Design: Repetition + Scale + Contrast = Movement

In the performance arts rhythm is the timing of events on a human scale; of musical sounds and silences, of the steps of a dance, or the meter of spoken language and poetry. Rhythm may also refer to visual presentation, as "timed movement through space." and a common language of pattern unites rhythm with geometry. In recent years, rhythm and meter have become an important area of research among music scholars.




Monday, June 11, 2012

Sorry, my learners, but today our blog runs wrong

I apologize but I cannot check your comments about Evaristo Valle ´cause there is some problem with Blogger. Tomorrow I´ll try to upload more questions and to correct the mistakes.