Warwick Castle

This is Warwick castle in England which was built in 1068, I visited this castle in 2014 when I took a trip to England. I had been there as part of an overseas education program Upon entering the Castle you  feel this sense of security with its high walls and looming towers. Once you pass through one of the key stone arches you feel as if you have been invited into this powerful home of someone who could raid and pillage a town if they felt in the mood for it. The gothic style  makes you also feel almost saddened because there is little light within the castle itself.  Then you will walk by this window and see the moat and the courtyard from one of the few windows. As with most of Britan, it rained that night but it helped with that overwhelming feeling of security that will protect you from nature and every other kingdom once you are within this castle.  Yet from the outside you get this feeling of how am i going to invade this castle for my own lord and do it efficiently. You see these high arches and peaks of towers where an arrow could come flying from at any minute.  Overall seeing both sides of this certain castle’s gothic essence you can really understand what it was about.

In overall a quick tour of a Dark Ages castle in Britan was a short but memorable experience where i could understand what it must have felt like to enter this castle or to see this castle and try to invade it.

Petra

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Known as Pel, Sela, or Seir by the original Amarna Letters, it was recorded to be inhabited by the Madianites as early as 1340 BCE. This wonder of the world is famous in films such as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Mummy Returns, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. While this ancient city has a long and interesting history that is only partial the reason it was so captivating to me.  These immense structures were not built so much as carved. These huge beautiful structures were painstakingly carved by hand into the amazing red, white and pink blended sandstone that glows in the light of the setting or rising sun. it assumed by archaeologist that only 15% of this ancient capital city is uncovered. Who knows what great discoveries are still waiting to be unearthed in this truly amazing city.

(all pictures were taken by me in 2014)

 

Buddha Mind Monastery

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This is the Buddha Mind Monastery here in Oklahoma. At 5800 South Anderson road. The meaning of this building is to welcome you into a tranquil environment so that you can help let go of your earthly frustrations and become a dharma lamp. I first encountered this building three years ago, on my path to forgiving a man whose negligence and addictions almost cost me my life.  This has a very Chinese Imperial style to it which you can see from the road.  Where you have a high ceiling that helps with the feeling of being a small being to a larger world. These ceilings also allow for the many buddha and bodhisattva relics. This helps fulfill the need for inner tranquility and almost tell you to quiet down  and listen for the answer to come from inside of you. I had meditated in the central meditation room and the calming off white really set the tone for my chanting to my own buddha.  Upon leaving you to notice that it almost looks like a dam on the Yangtze river with the out coming that look like they are to hold back the yellow water.

Where if you only get one idea from this it is that the buddha mind monastery is the Oklahoma embodiment of a Chinese Buddhist architecture where i experienced tranquility and serenity from my visit.

Shinsegae Centum City Department Store

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The second blog is about the Shinsegae Centum City Department Store which is registered in the Guinness World Records as the largest shopping complex in the world. Since it is the largest department store in the world, there are lots of retail stores. Even though it is nice to see different and various kinds of products, it is easy to get lost in the store. Also, there are lots of entertainments including movie theater, ice rink, food courts, and spa. On top of that, the exterior appearance was impressive when this was built. It broke the frame of appearance of department store which was high square building. This Shinsegae Centum City Department tried to look grand and fancy. If one of my friends from the Unites States visit Korea, I would like to take him or her to this department store.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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Red Rocks Amphitheatre is an interesting case of architecture. It is a naturally formed geological rock formation that was transformed by Burnham Hoyt to be an outside amphitheater. Red Rocks now is known worldwide by artists and concertgoers alike. Red Rocks has always created a positive memory for me. No matter what time of year, weather or artist, the environment there is amazing. After I leave it feels like just a giant celebration with everyone who went to the concert all the way back down to Denver. I have seen many concerts in all different musical genres so it is hard for me to pick out a standout. I truly believe that the atmosphere Burnham Hoyt was able to create is one of a kind.

 

Denver Art Museum

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The Denver Art Museum is 146,000 s.f. and was a joint venture with Davis Partnership Architects, the Architect of Record, working with M.A. Mortensen Co. This building is partially symbolic of Denver’s growth and prosperity of a city. The design is also linked to what would be art and useful to the museum curators. I have a fond memory of this building because it was opened in October of 2006, which was when I turned 11. Luckily for my eleven-year-old self, I did not have a birthday party there because back then I barely cared for art. But I remember my school having a field trip there and that was the first time I looked at art as something more than proportionally drawn pictures. Although I do not go to this museum a lot, I constantly drive past it when I go back to Denver and it is always enjoyable to marvel at how they built those shapes.

Denver Central Library

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Denver’s most prestigious library is the Denver Central Library. This building was commissioned to architect Michael Graves in 1990 to renovated and expand on the previous library, which was designed originally by Burnham Hoyt. Graves addition of 405,000 s.f. separates the original identity of Hoyt and Graves own “entertainment” architecture which is traditional post-modern motifs of abstracted classical forms, natural materials, and colors commonly found in past centuries.

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The first time I encountered this building I was about six years old and my dad had brought me so that I could pick out a book from the giant library. I remember looking at the very large circular ceilings and having my imagination run wild as if it were a castle. This impression has lasted me to this very day because there is no place I find quite as relaxing as being in this quiet castle and being able to see the city of Denver constantly moving. Every time I return home to Denver I always try to find some excuse to go visit this magnificent building.

 

Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

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The first and largest monastery in Bulgaria was built in tenth century and is one of the foremost masterpieces of Bulgarian National Revival architecture. The monastery was named after Ivan of Rila (876 – 946 AD), and is now the home of approximately 60 monks. The whole complex occupies an area of 8,800 m² and is rectangular in form. It contains a main church, a residential part and a museum. This historical complex is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list since 1983. This spectacular place for me brings a lot of traditions and powerful history. Every time I visit the Rila Monastery (usually once a year) it leaves the same unique feeling; proud to be Bulgarian!

 

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral

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The St. Patrick’s Cathedral is one of the prominent, if not most prominent, religious structures in New York. This building is located in New York City and was completed in 1878. The cathedral is based on the ideals of Gothic Revival architecture and as explanatory as it sounds, this type of architecture involved incorporating older medieval styles into a newly defined “modern” context. This type of architecture is comprised of large exquisite arches, extravagant stained glass windows (some in cylindrical form), highly elevated towers, and detailed turrets as a few examples. The cathedral is built largely of marble because it was more cost effective, and fitted with a detailed stone exterior. Guided tours are offered and it was on one of these tours where I was part of the experience of the cathedral.

The cathedral is overwhelming at first glance due to its extensive forms of stonework and dominating towers located on each side of the building. The scale of the cathedral prompts the feeling of intimidation as you approach this building, but the inside is equally staggering. I remember glancing up to the height of the height of the ceiling feeling it to be almost out of sight. Arches line the central walkway to the altar, and behind the altar you glimpse the large pipes from the organ. The building is very impressive and the memory of it remains significant in my mind due to its finesse.

Devon Energy Center

 

 

The Devon Energy Center is a structure that is comfortably ingrained into the minds of the majority of those residing in Oklahoma City. This building is unique in stature to this location and is one of the tallest towers consisting of fifty floors. This building is elegant in its spherical parted design resulting in numerous plates of glass, thick steel frame working, and tons upon tons of concrete for foundation. The creation of this building was publicized and the design process followed by many and this certainly contributed to the popularity of the building. In regards to me being aware that this building was under construction, largely this was due to the fact that construction was filmed in the process.

When I was a freshman in high school, my Oklahoma history teacher was very enthused about the significance of this building and the impact it would have on the surrounding community. Since this building broke ground in 2009, only two years after the recent recession, my teacher believed in the prospect of dense office space providing the opportunity for jobs. Her views were proven to be true and included the integration of thousands of employees for the energy industry.