Mario Botta / Architect of Iconic Thought



Famous Switz architect Mario Botta was educated at the prestigious Milan Liceo Artistico and Venice IUAV. He has been heavily fluenced by Le Corbusier, Carlo Scarpa and Louis Kahn. In 1970 he opened his own studio in Lugano. Having begun to design buildings at the age of 18, Botta went on to design the Greek National Bank, San Fransisco Modern Art Museum and Bechter Modern Art Museum.

Widely considered one of the world&rsquos greatest architects, Botta, has put his hand to some truly iconic pieces of work and won tens of prestigious awards. Figures such as Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn having provided the philosophical basis for his style in their 1920s modernism, the Italian took the work of these legends and put his own imprint upon their legacy.

Botta blends work&rsquos modernist grandeur and symmetry with a more simple geometric expression favored by more post-modern works. Every piece is recognizable as possessing a somewhat &ldquoangled cylinder&rdquo form. Botta is today one of the biggest proponents of a form of architecture which is anti-ideological, anti-philosophical and even anti-intellectual.

Botta describes his style as that takes hope and inspiration from the various ways people express themselves full of beauty, style and joy. 

He continues &ldquoWhen a building is completed it becomes part of the urban environment. It goes from being an autobiographical piece to becoming part of the narrative of the collective history as a whole. The most genius act of creativity was that of Gaudi, for example, who can be understood as an imprint of a moment in time. It gives me a lot of joy to think of how people use and observe new pieces of architecture. I think my thoughts on life are stronger than my architectural thoughts.&rdquo