Mecanoo Pattern Poster Series

The use of pattern in both architecture and graphic design has a profound effect on our perception and memory, a theme I have explored through the abstraction of nine Mecanoo architectures. My pattern poster series is available for free download to any architecture enthusiast who wishes to print and use them privately.
Mecanoo Pattern Poster Series, Designed by Giuseppe Gallo

Year: 2015

Type: graphic design

Status: Completed

Featured on: Mecanoo, Designboom, Boston Society of Architecture, World Architecture, A as Architecture, We and the Color, Arkitera

A pattern is a graphic scheme characterised by a repetitive structure in which the regularity of the relationships between the individual objects is perceived as a whole. It is easy to find patterns in nature, some are clear as the fur of cats, others are more intricate like the fractal geometry of plants. In art, as in architecture, the pattern becomes a means to communicate, create balance, and generate aesthetic pleasure.

According to Gombrich’s studies, the visual pleasure of a pattern generally lies in an intermediate position between the extremes of chaos and redundancy. Information theory defines redundancy as the constant repetition of a series of messages that are always the same or perfectly predictable, chaos as a sequence of unpredictable messages.

Architects use patterns to define environments, create order, and convey information. One of the firms that I think does this best is Mecanoo, a Dutch firm founded in Delft in 1984. I love how their projects convey emotion, develop place identity and create social connections. For these reasons, I decided to delve into the use of patterns in Mecanoo’s architecture through a process of visual thinking. The result is this collection of nine posters, available free of charge to anyone who wishes to print and use them privately.

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Mecanoo projects that inspired my graphic designs

The complete set is available for free as A3 CMYK .pdf and RGB .jpg for screens on Mirabilia's website.

Many thanks to Mecanoo and especially to Eliano Felicio for their suggestions and advice.

Poster of Kaap Skil Museum, design Giuseppe Gallo, Mecanoo Pattern poster Series
Poster of Birmingham Library, design Giuseppe Gallo, Mecanoo Pattern poster Series
Poster of Rabat Agdal Train Station, design Giuseppe Gallo, Mecanoo Pattern poster Series
Poster of La llotja Theatre and conference centre, design Giuseppe Gallo, Mecanoo Pattern poster Series
Poster of Home arts centre, design Giuseppe Gallo, Mecanoo Pattern poster Series
Poster of Netherlands Open Air Museum, design Giuseppe Gallo, Mecanoo Pattern poster Series
Poster of China Cultural Centers, design Giuseppe Gallo, Mecanoo Pattern poster Series
Poster of Hilton Amsterdam Airport, design Giuseppe Gallo, Mecanoo Pattern poster Series
Poster of Bruce C Bolling Municipal Building, design Giuseppe Gallo, Mecanoo Pattern poster Series

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