Archaiku – Japanese for “awkward”

In what can only be described as an ungoing effort to alienate my readers (both of them), I’ve decided to start a series of Architectural Haiku’s. Inspired by great quantities of wine works of Architecture . What could possibly go wrong?





<Farnsworth House – Mies Van Der Rohe>

In a clearing stands

white, transparent, and pensive

water rises up





<Guggenhiem – Frank Lloyd Wright>

a grand spiral void

ordered processional path

art hangs crookedly





<Palladio-Villa Rotunda>

window, column, porch

symmetric isolation

porch, column, window



So, want to give it a try? Of course you don’t do. Just look at the picture, FEEL the picture, Channel the picture, Drink in the wine architecture, & write 3 lines. (first line – 5 syllables, 2nd line – 7 syllables, 3rd line – 5 syllables) Add yours in the comment section below (for public mocking) Or, you can email it to me (if you prefer private mocking)

Ok, here’s your building…

<Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp by Corbusier>


All photos are used under creative commons license

Villa Rotunda – Photo by James Melzer (via Flickr – HERE)

Farnsworth House – Photo by Peter Guthrie (via Flickr – HERE)

Guggenheim Photo by Rainer Halama (via WikiCommons – HERE)

Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp photo by Duncan Standridge (via Flickr – HERE)