Concrete And Curves
I took the picture on the left of L’Enfant Plaza on the Green Line in DC. It reminded me of Eero Saarinen’s TWA Terminal that used to be at JFK Airport (or Idlewild Airport, as it used to be called.) Concrete is definitely not one of the more flexible building materials and it doesn’t look too pleasing to the eyes either, but these two public spaces look great. They have their own elegance through their simplicity, something made the wouldn’t be achieved with paint or subway tiles. There’s very little color in either of the places, just light, concrete, the bare essentials and design. It’s so functional, yet sleak, I found aesthetic value in that even though the DC subways remind me of George Orwell’s book 1984. I kept picturing Winston riding the rails on his way to the factory in the morning.