Friday Night Fights [Round 32]

Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada for another defenestrating edition of Friday Night Fights! This week’s bout is the battle of the tiny brutes, with a lucrative sponsorship from Cemex Inc. and the critical blessings of  Le Corbusier on the line.  Without further preamble, let’s go to the tale of the tape.

Fighting out of the red corner, from the feet of Poseidon at Götaplatsen, Gothenburg Sweden, it’s “MadmanMagnus and his “Government Building”.


And fighting out of the blue corner, from somewhere over the rainbow, it’s “relentlessAre J Heiseldal and his “Høyblokka 2“.


As usual, constant reader, you are tasked with deciding the outcome of this pugilistic endeavor and determine who will receive a week’s worth of bragging rights.  Simply leave a comment below and vote for the model that best suits your individual taste. I will tally up the votes next Friday and declare a winner.

Last time, on Friday Night Fights….

It was the battle of the digital multipeds, with state of the art heat-sinks and the lamentation of the enemy’s women on the line.  In the end, Nicola “The Sledgehammer” Stocchi and his “Tallneck” scored a decisive 8-4 victory over “MalevolentMax his “Punisher“.  Stocchi scores his first victory (1-0) while Max runs his record to (0-1).


14 thoughts on “Friday Night Fights [Round 32]

  1. Think they both have their merits, I like the overall layout of Are’s better, but I think I’ll make my call for Magnus, the design is just too eye catching.


  2. Lovely to see some of what we used to call (whilst at architecture school) some quality “fuck you brutalism”. Anyway, although I am really enjoying the Hoyblokka 2’s plaza (and there is nothing quite so uplifting as a brutalist’s concession to the public realm and indeed foliage against concrete on a sunny day), my vote goes to Magnus’ “Government Building”. The way the different types of fenestration are rendered is fantastic, and I especially like the the letter-slot top storey, which is presumably the chambers of the Inner Party. The sinister comms arrays on top! And I just noticed the ground-level entry barriers and bollards. Truly, this building has it all, architecture for a new, brighter, fairer tomorrow. (Or was it yesterday). As an aside, the car colours are a little chirpy. The powers need to clamp down on such self-expression.


  3. I find this a quite interesting genre. Yet another of the many building styles I’ve never tried out. I vote Magnus for pretty much all the reasons Karf gave. The building is much better, although the surroundings aren’t as interesting. But I dislike L@go’s water technique, since it leaves gaps with the curved fountain borders.


  4. I vote Høyblokka 2 – Electric Boogaloo

    … And that madman has “Magnus the Great” engraved bricks on the base?… Really?… What, was “Brick Master Magnus” already taken?” (… and is the “Law of Jante” no longer being enforced in Scandinavia?…)


    1. I vote for Magnus.

      For exactly the same reason rowntRee voted for Tarlek. “Bulky plop” describes Magnus’s offering perfectly. The tiny windows above, with the large support structures below… I thought immediately of the blast wave of a car bomb (a common enough nuisance around government buildings). The blast would pass between the large supporting members down at street level, and up above, the heavy louvers would absorb/deflect the blast while the smaller pains would “hopefully” hold together. The smaller windows also evoked the notion of a down town jail. The whole thing screams CIA. Oh, and I liked the slanted windows on the side. Made me think of a stair well. Again, very governmental.

      Mr. Heiseldals offering is also quite excellent. Very credible, a building you might see in the real world on any day of the week. The stairs to the elevated plaza or extra wide walk way in front, with it’s lush grove of trees and the view of the pool beneath… all suggest a very nice urban environment. As soon as I saw it, my minds eye could imagine the local in real life. An excellent achievement in that regard.

      And both were very nicely photographed. I liked this weeks selection because they appear so similar in presentation beyond the build. Almost like they were photographed by the same guy in the same session. Both used custom bricks which I despise, but as they both did it, that factor balanced out perfectly on the scale.

      In the end, I went with the government building because it suggested its own identity more unambiguously than the other building. I looked at both without regard for any of the text, just looking at the pics… and the utility of the government building was apparent (Keith, you big in the Brutalist crowd… is this some Brutalism I’m seeing here?).

      Oh, and yeah… Magnus the Great… Not a presentation enhancing element.


  5. Damn, I missed two rounds while I was away. I’m gonna go with Magnus here. I like how he used a variety of window styles without them looking inconsistent or just a bunch of WIPs thrown together. I know Høyblokka is based on a real building, but there’s something about the placement of that tree line that looks off to me. Feels like I have to look at the original to appreciate it, whereas Magnus’s stands better on its own.


  6. Hmm, tough one. Both have done quite well as executing the brutalist style at a micro scale. However, I think I’m swinging my vote Are’s way because of the slightly more interesting surroundings and variety within the buildings. Magnus’s build is a tad too rectangular for me, though the techniques he’s used are downright cool.


  7. Høyblokka 2 is an ideal layout for architecture set, but I vote for Government Building because it has more interesting…er, building.


  8. Høyblokka 2. Love the lightness it has compared to the bulky plop of the gubmint buildin’. Plus, the name has two “K”s and an “O” with a cross through it, looks like someone sneezed while typing Herb Tarlek.


  9. Interesting that mr Hoffmann mentioned that he feels like he has to look at the original to appreciate the model of Høyblokka 2 because that’s mainly how I ended up with my vote. Happened to walk past there on Tuesday, and I do find that after looking at it again I did I appreciate it more. The model sure has some weak spots, in particular the height of the reflection pool bothers me a lot, in my opinion it would have looked much better if it was lower. But all in all it is a good representation of the original building.

    This has of course also been a Norway vs Sweden thing, and there’s no surer way of turning a Norwegian into a raving nationalist than giving us the opportunity to beat Sweden at something. Whether we do well is irrelevant, second last is perfectly fine as long as the Swedes are behind.

    So in conclusion, my vote goes to Høyblokka 2 (and I hope Are will now let me sleep in an actual bed in Skærbæk this year).


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