Tom Dyckhoff Predicts Architectural Fashion Trends

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Now that we’re all over the “what, oh what were they wearing?!” from the Oscars, we can now move on to something more civilized, like The TimesTom Dyckhoff asking “what, oh what will they be wearing?!” but this time concerning his speciality: architecture. In his piece, “Heights of Fashion in the World of Architecture: Gehry to Koolhaas,” Dyckhoff tries to predict what kind of wackiness the starchitects will be making us ooh and ahh and, sometimes, scratch our collective heads in confusion and/or disbelief. Here’s a bit from one prediction:

Curves and elegance are out. For that angsty, post-9/11 feel it’s all about awkwardness, as pioneered by Rem Koolhaas‘s “anti-icons” such as Porto‘s Casa da Musica and up-and-coming CCTV Building, Beijing. Think of it as akin to unconventional beauties such as Lily Cole: the attraction’s in the weirdness. Buildings must either look deliberately clunky or resemble a spaceship from a 1950s B-movie. Asymmetric, naturally. Think “toddler’s been at the building blocks.” And try to avoid Daniel Libeskind-ish shards and splinters — he is so last year.

As worn by Herzog & De Meuron‘s De Young Museum, San Francisco, and their up-and-coming Tate Modern Extension, SANAA‘s New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (again), Foreign Office Architects‘ pending Trinity office towers, London, and Ian Simpson‘s Lumiere Tower, Leeds.