Millau Viaduct, is a cable stayed bridge built across the valley of the River Tarn near Millau in Southern France. This master piece were designed by British architect Lord Foster in collaboration with French bridge engineer Michel Virlogeux. Millau Viaduct is the tallest vehicular bridge in the world with one piers summit at 1,180 ft, only slightly taller than the Eiffel Tower and 132 ft shorter than the empire state building!
Marina City is a composition of residential/commercial building complex located in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The structure is composed of two tall corn-cob shaped 65 story towers. This famous complex is designed by Bertrand Goldberg in 1959 and took 5 years for the construction to be completed. Marina City has appeared in several movies in the past years, which includes Transformer 3, The Hunter, Stranger Than Fiction…etc. Photo credit:Ian C WhitWorth.
London City Hall, also know as the headquarters of the Greater London Authority(GLA). This phenomenal structure is located near the Tower Bridge of London, in Great Britain. The structure is designed by Norman Foster and the construction was complete in July 2002. The building’s unusual shape is is intended to reduce its surface area for energy efficiency.
This building looks amazing at night! The Lloyd’s Building is an office building located in the city of London. England. This building is home to a British insurance market, known as Lloyd’s of London. Due to its original glazing system, the building emits a warm glow visible from the outside, making it looks spectacular at night!
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a free-standing bell tower of the Cathedral of Pisa. The tower is well known for its tilted to one side position. So why the tower leans? The tower was built unsuitable for the ground; it is only 6 ft above sea level and it’s built on a riverbed. While the underground layer is made up of clay and sand, over time, the weight of the tower tend to compressed the soil. That’s why the tower has sunk more in some places than the others. For more information visit it’s website at http://www.towerofpisa.info/
La Grande Arche, also know as La Grande Arche de la Defense, is a monument building in the district of La Defense, France. In 1982, French president Mitterrand launched a national design competition; and the winners of the competition are Danish architect Spreckelsen and Danish engineer Reitzel. The construction started in 1985 and ended in 1989.
Known as Karlskirche in German, the St. Charles’s Church is a church located in Karlsplatz, Austria. When the black plague swept through Vienna in 1713, Emperor Charles VI promised that he would build a church dedicated to his name sake if the plague left the city. Indeed the emperor’s prayer was answered and the construction of the church began in 1715. For more information, visit their website at http://www.karlskirche.at/
Located in Chengyang Village, China, the Chengyang Bridge is listed as one of the three famous ancient bridges in China. The bridge is built in 1912 and is also known as the Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge. The bridge is built across the Linxi River and its story-like wooden constructions are supported by stone contignation.
Himeji Castle is a famous Japanese castle located in Himeji, Japan. The castle is comprise of 83 buildings with advanced defending system from the feudal period. The castle started its construction around 1331 and finished in 1609. What so amazing about this castle is that it has never experience any severe damage from war or any destruction, which is very rare for a castle of this age.
Hey Architecture lovers! I’ll be gone for ten days due to my summer conference, but I’ll start posting again once I am back from my conference. This amazing post-modern building is designed by Australian architect Hans Hollein in 1990. Haas Haus is a very popular shopping center in Vienna, Austria. I love the overall design of this place!
I have a feeling that I’ve done this post before in the past but I couldn’t find it in my blog, but I am just going to post it again just in case. The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a museum of contemporary and modern art, designed by Frank Gehry. The museum is located in Bilbao, Spain. The museum features many wonderful exhibits of works by Spanish and international artist. For more information about the museum, visit their website at http://www.guggenheim.org/bilbao/
I know I’ve been posting a lot of classic architectures lately, but they are amazingly constructed as well. I will post some modern architectures soon. The Great Wall of China is built along the northern border of China to protect the Chinese Empire against intrusions by various nomadic groups. The Wall was built during the 7th century BC, and was made with stones, bricks, tamped earth, and other materials. The wall is approximately 3,107 miles, which makes it the longest structure in the entire world!
This is the world’s famous The Great Pyramid of Khufu, or The Great Pyramid of Giza located in Egypt. It is constructed between 2560-2540 BC. It is believed that the pyramid was built as a tomb for pharaoh Khufu. The pyramid is build from approximately 2.3 million limestone blocks, the largest granite stones were found in the King’s chamber; weighing 20-80 tonnes!
The Great Mosque of Damascus, also known as Umayyad Mosque, is a stone mosque built between 705 AD and 715 AD located in the old city of Damascus, Syria. The mosque was built to dedicate John the Baptist (Yahya) after the Arab had conquered Damascus in 634 AD. The mosque holds a shrine which still contains John the Baptist’s head today!
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a five story arcade located in Milan, Italy. The Galleria is named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. The Galleria was constructed during the turbulent era of Italian unification, therefore, the galleria symbolizes Italian Unity and Self Confidence.