Autor: Igor Fracalossi
Ornamentation is still taboo in modern architecture. The experiments by Rem Koolhaas, Herzog & de Meuron, Hildund K. in the 1980s and 90s, influenced by Robert Venturi’s manifesto, reinstated in a certain way the use of ornamentation in architecture, although after the dismal results of the postmodern historicist tendency of ten years ago, and that still lingered. However, the ornamentation -as was traditionally understood- seems not to have withstood the feverish attack by Adolf Loos in the first decade of the previous century. The subsequent modern years rejected ornamentation on a world scale and it looks like they still have not been overcome. The debate was taken up again, as well as the proposal of theories. But putting ornamentation into practice is still unadventurous and transfigured. Where is it possible to identify the current ornamentation of architecture? It is possible that it is really not possible. Nevertheless, in order to answer this question as such it is necessary to define the term and investigate the bases that lead to its presence to be excluded. Thus, it is possible to understand how the idea of ornamentation was infringed and how it is shown today. The Hotel de Larache seems to propose some answers.
Revista 180, 29