The first building I chose to blog on is Sarkeys Energy Center, located at the very northeast corner here on campus. As an engineering student, it is a building that I spend a lot of time attending class and studying in. My first encounter with the building, as a freshman on a tour, left me feeling intimidated at both its height and confusing interior organization. I liked the red brick exterior, but felt a little conflicted as to whether I liked the color on such a plain, undecorated structure. Inside, the lowest floor is underground and has dark hallways, leaving me with a feeling of being cut off from the rest of the world. However, this feeling is interjected when I enter a study area with a massive skylight, or venture further up in the building. Every space is utilized, whether for research labs, computer labs, or offices. Although not the most luxurious building on campus, it has many nooks and crannies that are perfect for studying. It also has a lot of familiar faces in professors and other students, so this building has started to feel less overwhelming and more like home.
Ive been working on the one and two point perspectives for this class and my first thoughts are how simple it is to make a drawing look so real on paper just by addressing the points needed to draw from. Personally i always found two point perspective really fun to play with creating different buildings with different perspectives. These types of drawing are a lot more fun for me to do than the negative space drawing or left hand drawings because theres more structure to the drawing and they look so real.
Although not typical buildings, cruise ships have amazing architecture. The first time I went on a cruise was the Disney Magic Cruise ship, and from the first moment I stepped onto it I was amazed. It was a lot to take in, but I spent much of the first day just observing all the details that went into every aspect of its structure and design. It was amazing, and I’m sure I wasn’t even able to see everything. Disney is the master of subtle inferences (like hidden Mickeys) and gearing things to appeal to families, kids, and everyone in ways they may not consciously recognize. The lighting, size of rooms, height of ceilings, EVERYTHING was an important aspect of making guests feel welcome and at home. It also amazed me how much they were able to fit into not that large a space. Two theaters, over ten restaurants, teen and kids club, and lodging for over 2500 people and more on one ship.
Recognized as one of the most magnificent architectural landmarks in America, Trinity Church dates from 1870s and still is one of the oldest and beautiful pieces surrounding Boston, Massachusetts. The exterior masterpiece is an example of “Richardsonian Romanesque” design, named after its architect, H. H. Richardson. The interior and more specifically the stained glass window work was a multiple art piece from both European and American artists. Both in and outside, the building brings some nostalgic feelings of something found not long time ago, but one of its kind in a new- modern city of Boston. Born in the oldest town in Europe, I have always had an appreciation for beautiful, old architectural buildings that remain through all these years. It pleases me to see some of this beautiful style in Boston.
This hotel, I think, is absolutely gorgeous. It’s very memorable to me because one of my favorite proms was held there, in the gorgeous ballroom upstairs. Our prom theme was The Great Gatsby (like every single high school prom theme that year) and the ballroom was decorated in an old timey art deco black and gold theme. The historically modern hotel, built in 1911, sits in the heart of downtown OKC and is an absolutely beautiful building. Countless windows and lights at the top of the hotel to illuminate the designs and decorative points at the top. The scandalous rumors of ghosts haunting the hotel aren’t anything to joke about either! Curved walls sit between straight borders of the hotel, and overall it is easily one of my favorite buildings.
The first building for my blog is the Gwang-an Bridge(Diamond Bridge) located at Gwang-an beach in Busan, South Korea. This Diamond Bridge was built in 2002. It is the largest bridge over the ocean in Korea. It is equipped with artistic light, the bridge showcases splendid light that changes every day and every season. The bridge offers majesty beauty combined with nearby attractions during the day and a romantic atmosphere at night, attracting many tourists and residents as well. The reason why I selected this architecture was that this is my favorite site that I usually go to. This is also located at my town that I grew up. I used to hang out with my friends and spent good time with my family at Gwang-an beach by looking the Diamond Bridge. Whenever I pass by the Diamond Bridge, I always admire this architecture. My favorite factors of this bridge is it looks stable, magnificent, and light from the bridge which makes the ocean shine.
The second building I chose to write about is the United States Post Office located in Downtown Fort Worth. It was designed by Wyatt C. Hedrick and opened in February of 1933. It is made of limestone and designed with the Beaux Arts style in mind. It features longhorns and cattle incorporating the location in the architecture, making it the town’s own. When I typically think of going to the post office, small, grey buildings come to mind. This building is something extraordinary, making the simple action of mailing a package a little bit of a more pleasurable experience. I went there this summer to get a passport and instead of being overwhelmed with the confinement of twenty people in line hurrying to do the same thing, I could stop in the large lobby and look at the precise and beautiful architecture that was surrounding me. The intricate details show that Hedrick really loved what he did and makes me wish that more buildings look the way this particular post office does.
Now called the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flowers, the main church of Florence, Italy is architecturally astounding to me. I visited it in the summer of 2010 when a student group I was part of visited Italy. When we entered the city, it immediately stood out on the skyline. The construction of the Duomo began in 1296 and was not completed until 1436. What really amazed me about this building was the dome, which was engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi. I was only 15 at the time I visited, but even then I was amazed at how something so grand and enduring was standing 574 years after it was constructed.
I could not focus on the engineering and technicality as much when I was climbing because the spiraling, steeply inclined stairs made focusing on anything but my feet in front of me difficult, but while at the top and climbing down I could really soak it in. The sheer size of the dome and building itself was incredible, but thinking about how it was created before all the technology and tools we use today made it even more so. Before I visited Italy, I never really looked at architecture in depth, but only thought of the utility of buildings. After Italy and climbing the Duomo, I really started seeing the art and thought that goes into architecture.
Everything from the incline of each stair, to the arched doorways, to the increasing slope of the walls, had to be thought out and planned to a tee to make the structure stand. The cathedral was not just built to be a building where worship happened, but more a building for people to appreciate and enjoy. The stairs may have been a tough climb, but seeing the inside and outside of the dome, the stairwells and viewing windows in between the walls, and the view of Florence on the top made it well worth the climb.
The first building I chose to write about is the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, commonly referred to as The Modern. It was designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando and was opened to the public in 2002. It is a very modern looking building consisting of forty-foot tall windows that look out onto a reflective pond with a steel tree sculpture on the opposing side. Every time I look at The Modern, I feel at ease. There’s something about looking out on a body of water that is very peaceful to me. The placement of everything in the building is perfect which creates a temporary escape from reality. Typically, high ceilings paired with a concrete exterior make a building seem cold and uncomfortable, but there’s something about this certain building that draws me in and catches my attention. I believe that Ando wanted people to be intrigued and feel at ease while looking at sometimes complicated art. Although some parts of the building are plain, it pairs perfectly with the art contained inside of it.
The Water Temple or “Shingonshu Honpukuji” created by Tadao Ando is a Buddhist temple on Awaji Island. The temple is a true testament to Tadao Ando’s philosophy of incorporating his buildings into the surroundings instead of disturbing the environment. The first image depicts the roof of the Temple, a pool underneath a large tree almost as if it were a natural. I simply feel peaceful when I look at this picture. In the middle of the pool is a concrete staircase that cuts the pool in half and leads into the temple’s inner sanctum. I love how the staircase blends in with the water so much that it can hardly be seen in the first picture and thus does not interrupt the tranquility of the pool. When descending into the temple, the path begins to circle around the inner sanctuary. As one gets closer to the center the space begins to radiate with orange and yellow. Eventually the inner sanctum and Buddha statue are revealed at the center of the temple in a sunset glow which is shown in the last image.