“Silent Architecture”, visionary design concepts by mastermind Simon Ungers.
Simon Ungers (May 8, 1957 – March 6, 2006) was an important German architect and artist. Together with his family he immigrated to the United States in 1969. After studying architecture from 1975 to 1980 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Simon Ungers started to work as a professional architect in New York and Cologne. During this time he participated in numerous competitions with great success. In addition, Simon Ungers gained much reputation for several steel sculptures and light installations. A number of prestigious projects made him well known around the world as both an outstanding architect and artist.
Together with Tom Kinslow, he gained attention for the design of the T-House, a weathering steel construction in Wilton, New York. The Cube House in Ithaca, New York is another outstanding project, which gave Ungers a lot of recognition. In addition to his work as an architect, Simon Ungers taught at Harvard University, Syracuse University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Cornell University and University of Maryland, and College Park.
After a long-term battle with mental illness, Simon Ungers committed suicide in Hürth, Germany on March 6, 2006. With his outstanding projects, he has created a monument for himself. Simon Ungers will always be remembered as a visionary architect and artist. The series “Silent Architecture” gives us an impression of Simon Ungers’ fascinating ideas and his boundless creativity. More details below.
Silent Architecture, a homage to the aesthetics of uncompromising forms.
“Silent Architecture” is a series of architectural concepts which were created in 2003 by Simon Ungers in collaboration with Thorsten Roettger and Sven Roettger. The series includes four design concepts: a cathedral, library, museum, and a theater. I have chosen this project to show you some great examples of Ungers’ outstanding visions in terms of architectural design and functionality. Each concept is characterized by the simple elegance of geometric shapes. Images via: www.simonungers.de