December 10

My Favorite Architects

The wavy, liquid-like metal of Frank Gehry’s masterpiece glints in the sun and commands awe from anyone who gazes upon its billowing stainless steel facade. The legendary work of architect Frank Gehry has deeply inspired me and my work.

I draw a lot of inspiration from the architecture and design legends that I admire. In this piece, I pay homage to the architects and buildings that influence my design sensibility.

Frank Gehry

This legendary architect doesn’t require an introduction – Gehry has redefined architecture with his masterpieces. His iconic buildings like the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and the Gehry House are gems of modern architecture, and the Pritzker award winner’s work remains original and a source of inspiration for architects and designers.

Gehry House Design

Gehry House, Santa Monica, California. Photo: IK’s World Trip

Zaha Hadid

The late, Dame Zaha Hadid’s mind-bending architecture looks like the future is now. The Iraqi-British architect’s buildings are surreal works of art that possess a seamless fluidity, like the Guangzhou Opera House — it’s design was inspired by river valleys and how they transform due to erosion.

Opera House Building

Guangzhou Opera House. Photo: Mr a

Another Hadid project that I admire is the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan. This building’s sensual curves are pure artistry.

Interior Heydar Aliyev Center Design

Interior detail of the Heydar Aliyev Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan. Photo: Sefer

Bjarke Bundgaard Ingels

Bjarke Bundgaard Ingels Architect

Photo: Epizentrum

The Dutch architect is known for one for my favorite approaches to design — sustainability. The Danish World Expo 2010 pavilion that he designed in Shanghai is one of my favorites. The open-air pavilion was shaped like a loop with a spiral bicycle path on which the cyclists experienced Danish culture and ideas for sustainable urban development.

Denmark Pavilion Design

Denmark’s Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. Photo: Walter Lim

Ingels’s work is interactive, intelligent, and experiential, like the Mountain Dwellings building in Copenhagen. The project uses a mountain as a metaphor for its design language. It’s northern and western facades showcase a photorealistic mural of the Himalayas.

Mountain Dwelling Design Building

Mountain Dwellings. Photo: Naotake Murayama

Gehry’s undulating surfaces, Hadid’s mind-bending curves, and Ingels’s sustainable creations have all in some way inspired my aesthetic and design language. These architects have broken the rules and redefined architecture with their incredible imagination. Their courage to take risks and surprise the industry with their unexpected use of materials and shapes has inspired me to do the same with my interior design projects. I’m always thinking of new, sustainable ways to design a home, and I regularly draw inspiration from these legends of architecture.

My team and I would love to work on your home and surprise you in an unexpected way with our design and aesthetic.

Call me today at 720.735.7533 share your design needs and dreams.

Margarita Bravo Green Interior Designer

Margarita Bravo

Denver’s Best Interior Designer

Margarita is a green interior designer and decorator, remodeler, furniture curator, and creator of experiences based in Denver, Colorado. Margarita’s unique skill set has evolved from her strong educational background and European and Latin American sources of inspiration.

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