Interests

Here is a list of my favorite works of architecture from around the world. Over the course of the last couple years, I have spent time studying famous and not so famous works of architecture from around the world. I have compiled a list here of ones that have made a considerable impression on me. You may click on each of the thumbnails to view a large picture.

I compiled these pictures from both my own private collection, but mainly from the CALA Imagen database (www.imagen.arizona.edu).

Here is a list of the works on this page. Click on the name to be taken to the information about it.

Bauhaus
Crystal Palace
Guggenheim Museum
Hagia Sophia
Hall of Machines
LF One
Milwaukee Art Museum
Miller SQA
Notre Dame
Pompidou Center
Robie House
Ronchamp Chapel
Sagrada Familia
Salk Institute
Seaside
St. Peters

Bauhaus

Dessau, Germany

The Bauhaus built in Germany was the first official school of architecture in the world. It is still regarded today as being one of the best schools in the world.

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Crystal Palace

London, England

The Crystal Palace was designed and built for the Worlds Fair. It was an extraordinary structure at the time. It was made entirely of cast iron and glass. Cast Iron was a new material at the time and enabled new structures to be built and the Crystal Palace was one of these. This structre was enormous and could be disassembled and reassembled in a matter of days. The structure moved around Europe for a few years after it origionally was built, but tragically burned down in a big fire.

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crystal palace crystal palace

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Guggenheim Museum

New York City, New York USA

Located in New York City, the Guggenheim Museum is a spactacular work of architecture.

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Hagia Sophia

Istambul, Turkey

Located in Istambul, the Haigia Sophia as been around for thousands of years and has served may purposes as a building. It has been a catholic church, a islamic mosque, and present day is a museum. The techniques used to build it were revolutionary in the time, and was the largest dome span ever constructed or attemped since the Roman Pantheon. The dome did collapse twice and was rebuilt each time with improvement, but the building itself still stands today.

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Hall of Machines

Paris, France

The Hall of Machines is another amazing product of the age of industrialization. This hall was enormous. The picture on the left has a human figure standing near one of the piers and the picture on the right has some standing in the middle of the hall. This has to be one of the largest structures ever built.

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LF One

Weil am Rhein, Germany

This particular piece of work I found especially interesting. The project was in a park in Germany where two paths intersected and crossed.

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lf one

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Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA

I was extremely lucky to have lived in Milwaukee during the construction of this work. This was Santiego Calatrava's first commissioned and built work in the United States. He as since gone on to design bridges and the new PATH Terminal at ground zero in New York City.

Calatrava is widely known throughout Europe and Spain where his works are widely seen. He also designed the Olympic Stadium and city for the 100th Olympic Games in Athens, Greece in 2004.

This building is truely remarkable. He designed every detail about the building including the subterrianian parking structure and the Bries Solis, a moveable shade structure over the atrium.

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Milwaukee Art Museum Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee Art Museum Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee Art Museum Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee Art Museum Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee Art Museum Milwaukee Art Museum

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Miller SQA

Holland, Michigan

This building was particular intersting to me when I studied it in an architectural history class. This building is a factory for a company, but the building is entirely green. It has heated floors and windows and lots of other features designed to maxamize efficiency. The building paid for itself in 5 years based upon savings in utilities.





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Notre Dame

Paris, France

Who doesn't know Notre Dame? This Gothic Cathedral is particular interesting because of the flying butrusses that hold up the walls and the ceiling. This was a new invention in the Gothic period along with the ribbed vaults. This building, although not built to its origional plans, is still interesting none the less.




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Pompidou Center

Paris, France

What interests me about this work is the fact that there are no internal supports in this building. All structure and all mechanical is located on the outside. Each of the counterweights on the floor weighs 11-tons each and help to counterbalance the load on each floor. This allows the arrangemnt on the interior to be completely dynamic and change with the museums needs.




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Robie House

Chicago, Illinois

The Robie house is one of the homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It is located in Chicago, Illinois. Frank Lloyd Wright used many features in this house, including passive solar design. The extension of the cantilevered roof was such that it allowed sunlight to shine into the room during the cooler winter months, and blocked the sun out in the summer when it was higher in the sky to help keep the room cooler.




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Ronchamp

Ronchamp, France

Ronchamp made a considerable impression on me when I first learned about it in the fall of 2004. I found something fasinating about how the concrete ceiling of this church in France seemed to float above the room. The architect left a space between the walls and the roof to allow a strip of light in that completely surrounds the interior of the chapel.

This particular work as stuck in my mind since I learned about it and I actually used it for some influence on one of my projects earlier in the year.



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Sagrada Familia

Barcelona, Spain

This one of a king church has been under construction for hundreds of years and is only partially complete! The portion that stands today may seem very large, but actually it is quite tiny compared to what the finished product is designed to look like. Many relate the form of the church to a sand castle being built on the beach. The tall towers take on the same visual characteristics as when you build a sandcastle by dribbling wet sand from very high and it piles itself up.

The reason this church is taking so long to construct is because it uses immense decoration and particular attention is paid to detail. Looking at a cose up of any part of the church, you can't help but notice the level of detail that goes into it. The whole church is being constructed by hand artisians. I think the craftsmanship is extremely beautiful.




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Salk Institute

La Jolla, California

The Salk Institue is an amazing building located on a cliff overlooking the ocean in California. The institute was built using the money obtained from the invention and patent on the polio vaccine and still to this day is used for the advancement of research for cures to diseases.

The main part of the building is seperated by a courtyard in which a small streams runs through at ground level. Standing looking through into the ocean, it appears as if the courtyard and the stream just go right off the edge of the cliff.

The buildings are arraged in such a way as to appear solid from the road, but looking back from the ocean, you see each cube as having a wood facade. The cubes serve as offices for the researches who call this place home. These teak wood panels slide back as giant doors. The facility also offers laboratories.




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Seaside

Florida, USA

The Seaside community on the Ocean side of Florida is still considered to this day as a revolutionary development, not only in architecture but also in city and urban planning. The deveopment was featured in the movie, "Truman Show". Many subdivisions around the country have since used this concept in their design. It was revolutionary at the time, but has become an instant hit. The small homes sell for millions.




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St. Peters

Rome, Italy

We of course can't forget the famous St. Peters chruch in Rome. This was one of the most grandiose churches ever built and is one of the most religous spots in the catholic religion. The church was designed origionally by Michellangelo, but he died before its completion and was not fully built to his origional specifications. The church is actually the second St. Peters. The first one sat on the same spot, oriented in the same direction. The tomb of St. Peter lays below the alter, beside him are the tombs of popes from thoughout time.


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