Category Archives: Architecture

Lloyd’s Building

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!

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Leaning Tower of Pisa

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

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.

Karlskirche

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/

Chengyang Bridge

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

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.

Haas Haus

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!

The Great Wall of China

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!

Great Pyramid of Khufu

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!

 

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

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.


Florence Cathedral

The Florence Cathedral, also known as,  The Basilica Di Santa Maria Del Fiore, is the main church of Florence, Italy. The construction of the cathedral begun in 1296 and was structurally completed in 1436. The Florence Cathedral is currently ranked as the third largest cathedral in the world! The legendary cathedral was designed by Di Cambio while the famous cathedral dome was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi.

Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri is a royal city in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. This glorious city once served as the capital of the Mughal Empire during 15th century. There are some buildings in Fatehpur Sikri are built mostly with red stone.  And the compound has small palaces which were built for specific purposes.

Experience Music Project Museum

The EMP Museum is dedicated to both popular music and science fiction located in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. The museum is founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and it opened back in 2000. The museum displays rare artifacts from popular music history and allows visitors to experience music through interactive exhibitions. For more information, visit its website at: http://www.empmuseum.org/index.asp

Canadian National Tower

The Canadian National Tower is an observation and communication tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The tower is completed in 1976 and it stands at 1,815 ft tall, it held the record of being the world’s tallest tower for 34 years. Here’s a little fun fact about the tower: lightning strikes the CN tower an average of  about 75 times per year.