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Beyeler Museum, Switzerland – Renzo Piano

Beyeler Foundation Museum, Switzerland – Renzo Piano

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This building is one of the Piano work that can best green architecture of Piano. Indeed, without knowing the building history or background, when I saw the pictures of the museum, I though  that it was there before the plants. It seems like the plants are growing from the house. Also, the style of the house looks like a old fashioned European style.

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However,  the Beyeler Museum building, designed by the architect Renzo Piano, was completed in 1997 .  In order to make the building look like a very old building , Piano used material  to built the building is natural stone blended into lanscape. Also, as most green architect work, the building use mostly solar energy through the solar panels located on its top .

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Whitney Museum, New York – Renzo Piano

Whitney Museum, New York – Renzo Piano

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The Whitney Museum, design by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, was completed in 2015 and is located in the city of New York, New York. Through this work, the architect shows his capability of constructing a building minimizing space. Indeed, as the pictures show, the building looks like many small building blocks placed on the top of each other in a asymmetrical way . This is an appropriate design for urban areas where space one of the main issue.

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The Shard – Renzo Piano

The Shard , London – Renzo Piano

 

 

 

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The Shard , also called as Shard of Glass is one of work of the international famous architect Renzo Piano. With a height of about 310 meter (about 1015 feet), Shard is the tallest building in the United Kingdom.

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This building is based on green architecture since the way it has been design minimize the use of non-renewable energy. However, in this writing, i will focus on the exterior design of the building.  It To me, the most attractive feature about is building is glass surrounding it.  It looks like a non-mature flower: the glasses representing the flower petals and the structure on the inside of the building representing the flower pistil. Is this building conveying the reborn of London?

 

Diogene: The Micro House – Renzo Piano

 

Diogene: The Micro House – Renzo Piano

Italian architect Renzo Piano, famous for designing The Shard skyscraper in London, has created a micro-house called Diogene that is only 6 square metres big, yet comes with a kitchenette, shower and bedroom.  
Diogene is a 65 square feet green micro-house designed by Renzo Piano. Completed in 2013, the tiny house is installed at the Vitra Campus in Germany. This 17000 Euro house was mainly made of wood covered by aluminum. As most green houses, Piano’s  tiny house  has on its top some solar panels used to provide energy to the house. Under the house is located a rainwater collector which minimize the  water.

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The house composed tow part: the kitchen, located in the rear and the living room, in the front. The living room is composed many well organized funiture as shown in the picture above such as  a pull out sofa and folding table. The kitchen also contained well organized furniture such oven, a shower and a toilet.

 

 

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Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center – Renzo Piano

Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center – Renzo Piano

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The Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center is one of the green architectural work of Renzo Piano.  Completed in 1998, the cultural center was built to honor Jean-Marie Tjibaou,  a leader of the Kanak independence movement  in New Caledonia. The design of the “buildings” or huts (10 in total) is not a coincidence because, it reveals the Kenak culture and lifestyle of the  indigenous Melanesian inhabitants of New Caledonia.

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Also, i will characterize Piano’s work  as a tradi-modern building was designed with traditional material such as bambo, iroko associated with technology. In addition, Piano’s work is green architecture even though it was created before the rise of the green architecture. Indeed, the huts were designed in the way that they resists to cyclonic winds and use that wind to cool the buildings. Thus, it saves energy.

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Private House in Colorado – Renzo Piano

Private House in Colorado – Renzo Piano 

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Completed in 2011, this private house located in the Colorado  Rocky Montains is one of the very few Renzo Piano’s work.  I find the house particular in the environment in which it is located. From the top view, as shown in the picture above, it seems like the house has been place on the green grass without destroying it. The house do look environmentally friendly. 14

 

Front the top view, we see that the house is mainly made of glasses. The large size of the glass allow the sun lights to enter the house. Thus during the day, the house does not need artificial lights, which is more economic. Also, based on what I have learned from this class, this house can be considered as a green house.

 

The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace: the World Largest Basilica

The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace

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I will talk about the building that I am the proudest of: the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace. This massive catholic building is located in Yamoussoukro, the economic capital of my country, Ivory Coast. Indeed, this proud is due to the fact that my country hold the largest  Basilica of the World. Also, I was really excited visiting the Basilica since it is my country’s both national, religious, and even international heritage.

When I went there I was overwhelmed by the  dimensions of the architectural gem . At first sight, as an Ivorian, this monumental construction incarnates a reference place. More importantly, it incites admiration as it was built upon thirty thousand square meters surrounded by one hundred twenty eight pillars of twenty one meter. What’s more? The Basilica is high of one hundred and fifty eight meters.

Inside the The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace during mass on Sunday morning. The Cathedral can accommodate 7000 seated worshippers and another 11.000 standing. A few hundred on an average Sunday seem to get lost in the space.   The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro dominates from every point in the city of Yamoussoukro, one of the most unlikely capitals in the world. The Cathedral is the largest in the world, a few m. higher than it's example in Rome. President Félix Houphouët-Boigny of Cote d'Ivoire had the cathedral built 20 years ago in his birthplace that he had made capital of the country. Twenty years later Abidjan remains the economical and political capital of the country though.
Inside the The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace during mass on a Sunday morning.

Another aspect that impressed me is the dimensions of the glasses. Well, the Basilica of our Lady of Peace has the largest stained glass surface of the world. In fact, its interior is made of 7363 square meters of glass with 40 meters of glass roof. The main entrance bay is decorated with a stained glass window depicting the Virgin Mary.

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Burj Al Arab, Tallest Building in Dubai

Burj Al Arab, Tallest Building in Dubai

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Dubai in united Arabic Emirates has become the most visiting country due to their beautiful architecture and luxury livings. They have the tallest building in the world called Burj Khalifa 2,716ft.

Therefore, when my parents decided to have a family vacation where the destination would be in united Arabic Emirates I was so excited. At that moment, I finally realized that soon I will be travelling to one of my dream country and also have the opportunity to visit this prestigious hotel called Burj Al Arab which is located in Dubai. Burj Al Arab was built in 1999 on a private island. Burj Al Arab was advertised as the world’s first and only seven star. It  offers a luxury experience that was truly amazing. It also has a nice design with a beautiful landscape. This place very attracts visitors from all over the world.

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An Inside View Burj Al Arab

 

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I was overwhelmed by the luxurious design of the features, including restaurants . This place was extremely beautiful. Also, it made me realized the dramatic progress of Architecture: when comparing the renaissance  to the modern architecture. Even though I didn’t have a chance to go through all my visit, I can assure you that it is a beautiful place to go and have fun with family members and friends.

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I will talk about the building where I get (my petroleum knowledge). Sarkeys Energy Center is and will be one of the most important building of my life as a petroleum engineering student. Located inside the University of Oklahoma building, SEC is the tallest building of city Norman, OK. I believe that it is the most beautiful building (department) of the University of Oklahoma. As I am used to tell to my friends, because of its luxurious design, when you go inside the building, you immediately conclude that it is the “oil men building”. Compared to most University of Oklahoma Norman campus, engineering buildings It is new, beautiful, clean and well decorated. On the first floor, you will see beautiful exposition of rocks and others geological feature. This place impacted my perception of architecture. Indeed, I have leant that architecture design can express the social condition of the people who “frequent” them.

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I smiled the first time I saw the building, in August 2014, because that is the place where a new chapter of my started. I am taking all my petroleum engineering classes there. I would say that this building somehow negatively impact my life since it reminds me all the stress am I going through as a student. I remind me homework, exams, strict professor. Finally, I love this place because it has a small restaurant where you buy food between classes.

 

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SKYDECK CHICAGO

SKYDECK CHICAGO

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Skydeck Building or Willis Rogers Tower, located in Chicago, is one of the most impressive building that I have visited in the United States. This discussion will be focused on a specific part of the building. This building impacted my perception of architecture and positively impacted my life.

I have learned how creative architects can be. Indeed, I have seen building designed with glass walls but I would never imagine that somewhere in the world, architects have design a glass floor. In the Willis Tower, at 1,353 feet up, there is retractable glass balconies which can be extended 4.3 feet from the facade of the 103rd floor. Also, based the building history I can conclude that an architect job is never finished. They can find way to make they work more valuable by adding an extra touch. Indeed, the glass balconies that have been built in 2009, 36 years after the building was completed, make Willis Tower a more favorite touristic place.

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