Fyodor Dostoevsky Theater of Dramatic Art by Vladimir Somov

The Fyodor Dostoevsky Theater of Dramatic Art, a surreal masterpiece by Vladimir Somov, designed to echo the primitive religious architecture of Veliky Novgorod, is surrounded by a spacious esplanade made up of modular motifs that repeat those of the construction itself. The column, which balanced the ensemble, was razed in 2008 because of its use by would-be suicides.

Kafka Castle by Ricardo Bofill

Known for his innovative and colorful structures Catalan architect, Ricardo Bofill and his multidisciplinary firm, Taller de Arquitectura collaborated on the design of a unique apartment complex outside of Barcelona.

Completed in 1968, the Kafka Castle –an homage to Franz Kafka – strays away from the traditional design techniques and aesthetics of typical Spanish apartment buildings.  Rather than a development through site, plan, and context, Bofill implemented a series of mathematical equations that generated the position of all ninety dwellings, as well as the Kafka Castle’s siting.

Tadao Ando

Tadao Ando is a Japanese self-taught architect whose approach to architecture and landscape was categorized by architectural historian Francesco Dal Co as “critical regionalism”.

Church of the Light, Ibaragi,Osaka, 1989

Koshino House, Ashiya, Hyogo

Water Temple, Awaji, Hyogo, 1991