Cuban Vacation: Kitschbühel

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Christopher Alexander is famous, at least in the Systems Architecture world, for his concepts around design patterns. For those unfamiliar with the concept, a design pattern can be thought of as a “mini architecture” and it is by combining these patterns that you come up with a complete architecture. Alexander’s purpose was to identify reusable concepts and build up learnings and corresponding experience. As we walked around the hotel, I observed a number of design elements, as shown in the photographs below. It struck me that while individually each possessed a certain character, there were so many of them it became a little overwhelming; no single, coherent character came through. I think they forgot to deploy a foundation pattern to weave everything together: simplicity.

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Arches: They were everywhere, even in little tucked away corners like this one or around stairs

Cute landscaping elements were everywhere, even under buildings.

Clay pots in fields (need I say more):


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