Fancy Swiss architects Herzog & De Meuron have just introduced a new website that makes me wonder why they even bothered. It looks like it's a broken and there is virtually nothing cutting edge about it. Most architect's websites are bad simply for the fact that they try awfully hard to push the boundaries of design to justify their place on the world wide web. There are numerous examples of this trend.
Famous Iraqi born architect Zaha Hadid comes to mind. Her website has a lot of information to convey and the there are interesting things happening. The problem is that it's a clunky. It's like an old computer operating system that went from line based input to a first generation GUI. All of the little windows are movable and that's cool. But it looks a bit dated which is about the last thing you could say about the firm's architecture.
I don't mean to pick on her of course. There are a lot of firms that come to mind. Renzo Piano's website is dated and the navigation is extremely limited. Frank Gehry's website is stunningly plain. Morphosis' website is graphically bold but the navigation confusing. But the website that takes the cake is Yale's School of Art. Although not technically architecture related, it belongs on this list for being U-G-L-Y.
For more websites that make you face palm, check out Vincent Flanders' Web Pages that Suck. The last website on this page will make you glad you did.
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I like architecture. I want to write about it. As my first teacher in architecture school told on the very first day of school: "Architecture is a great hobby"