A short illustration of the choices
The three buildings which had been chosen as the favourite were built in the different periods in the past. They were built in different forms, sited in the different countries and different context for different functions. However, from curtain point of view. They have similarities in a more carefully and deeply analysing.
" Function, space and structure " are all seems as the key considerations of those three buildings. the relationship and connections of these aspects drove the design inspirations of them. For all three, the design of the space follows the needs of the function, and the form of the building are decided by the requirement of the space within the site context, as well as the structure are determined by the form of the building.
All those three buildings seems simple, however there are great details which are very complicated. Their simplicity are achieved by the harmony of all the aspects, such as the form, the material, the elements the space, and the environment. A lot of detailed decisions had been tested by the architects again and again. They juxtapose the simplicity and the complexity in one building.
To slightly misquote Fritz Neumeyer: when the world has grown tired of the ephemeral trickery of the post-modernism, deconstructivism and those fashions which compete for media attention, building such as New National Gallery Berlin, will refresh us by awakening all the more man's deep desire for poetic serenity and structural honesty.