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Lady Gaga Purchases Mansion in Scotland (Pictures)

Lady Gaga purchase of her new house is belated because of her continuous on the road lifestyle. She splurged on this megamansion just a couple years ago. Modern celebrity Lady Gaga has allegedly bought Yester House, a 17th century mansion near Gifford in East Lothian in Scotland - much to the bewilderment of local inhabitants!  The 60 room mansion and...

Louis Kahn Famous American Architect

Intro to Louis Kahn Louis Khan was very unique in his designs. He was known for his fusion of contradictory sources into his architecture. His education from the University of Pennsylvania gave him a Beaux Arts influence with a modern style. He admired works of Greek and ancient Roman temples. To him Brunelleschi was to architecture as Bach was to...

The History and Architecture of The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is the tallest building in France composed of massive latticework structure. It is located in the heart off Paris, France. It is a landmark visited today by thousands of tourists and visitors to Paris. The Eiffel Tower: An Architecture Marvel The Eiffel Tower was built for the Paris Exposition of 1889. It had originally been built to be temporary, but it was...

The Marshall Fields Building Chicago Architecture

Overall Structure Although the building seems to be one complete building, its actually 5 separate ones blinded together seamlessly. The original building was burnt in the Chicago fire, so Fields occupied another building which also burnt down. Fields opened again in 1879, he them kept acquiring buildings until he took up the entire block. The lady that...

30 St Mary Axe Modern Architecture London

What is the "30 St Mary Axe" Building? 30 St Mary Axe is a modern, sustainable building located in London's financial district. The building is also widely known as the the Gherkin building and previously called the Swiss Re Building. It was built in 2003 and opened in 2004. In 1992 the Baltic Exchange (a trading center) was bombed, leaving an area...

Emperor Justinian 1 (Justinian the Great) Architectural Influence

Intro My intent for writing this post is to enlighten you on what I found thought provoking about the history of Justinian the Great, specifically a look into his architectural influence during his Byzantine Empire. Before we get into the in-depth historical lens, lets first put ourselves into perspective. Think about the greatest contemporary architecture today, probably a skyscraper of some sort....

Michelle Obama’s Underprivileged Childhood Home

Michelle Obama was born on January 17, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois. She attended Princeton University, graduating cum laude in 1985, and went on to earn a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1988. Following law school, she worked at a Chicago law firm, where she met her husband, President Barack Obama. The couple married on October 3, 1992....

The National Historic Landmark Falling Water By Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright and His Legacy If you know anything about architecture you must know about the famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. He was born in 1867 and died in 1959. His main philosophy was bringing nature into architecture. His fame was brought to him because of his revolutionary style. His buildings are generally flat with large windows. He...

Adam Levine’s Sexy House in Hollywood Hills California

Intro/Facts about Adam Levine He currently lives with his close friend, Korean writer Gene Hong. His house was impressive enough to be featured on the Architectural Digest in 2012. When he was 6 years old, he took the winning shot of a basketball game, with barely any time left on the clock. This event inspired him to be successful and aspire for his passion. Levine's brother is...

Architectural Gem: Barcelona Pavilion in Barcelona Spain

The Barcelona or German Pavilion located in Barcelona Spain was designed and created for the 1929 International Exposition. Originally the building was constructed to be up only temporarily, yet being made of permanent materials such as golden onyx, green and blue marble, chrome, glass, and travertine; the building lasted for a while until it was demolished. In the 1980s it...

Rooftop Gardens – the “Green Roof” not just a Trend

Green roofs or rooftop gardens are roofs of buildings, residential, commercial or industrial that have been covered completely or partially in any form of vegetation to provide a wide variety of benefits. Rooftop gardens are not only aesthetically appealing, they are economical and obviously environmentally friendly. If you are considering building a roof garden yourself take a look at...

The Burj Khalifa and Its Amazing Views and Architecture

The Tallest Building in the World Will Shock You Information and History on The Burj Khalifa The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates is the tallest building in the world at 2,722 feet tall. This height is about double the height of the Sears Tower. The Burj Khalifa is a new icon for the Middle East, who usually does not...

Scary Pool in the Sky Marina Bay Sands Hotel

The world's scariest pool so far has to be the Marina Bay Sands Hotel located in Singapore. The building was designed by the renown architect Moshe Safdie. The pool is located on the 57th floor on a cantilever platform. Currently it is the world's largest outdoor pool at height. The building opened in April 2010. With over 2,600 hotel rooms this is the biggest...

Victorian Architecture Influence Worldwide

Victorian Architecture refers to the era the Queen Victoria had power between 1830-1910. Victorian architecture has been admired because of it detailed beauty. Many architects of today envy the Victorian style, but are never able to completely recapture the style therefore many resort to rehabbing old houses. It seems as though architecture of the Victorian era just put together...

Symbolism of the Eiffel Tower

Paris Peace sign
Towers have evolved throughout history and cultural development and remain standing tall in the current age. They are our memories and a symbol of a future filled with hope and promise for all. There is no limit to how high we can build and travel as a society. After the Paris Attacks, Jean Jullien desired to capture solidarity among the...

The 10 Most Overlooked Women in Architecture

By Nicky Rackard, Arch Daily (Read the original story here) Looking back on architectural history, you could be forgiven for thinking that women were an invention of the 1950’s, alongside spandex and power steering – but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Big names like Le Corbusier, Mies, Wright and Kahn often had equally inspired female peers, but the rigid...

All About Obama’s House in Chicago

// // President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, own this home in the Kenwood community area of Chicago. It is situated in the 5000 block of South Greenwood. They paid $1.65 million for the Georgian-style home quickly after he became a senator in 2005. Adress: 5046 South Greenwood Ave, Chicago, IL

Amazing Minneapolis Skyline and History

The Second City of the Midwest Minneapolis is the largest city in Minnesota and has many industries that lure people in to live in the metro area. Minneapolis is the 48th largest city in the United States, with a population of nearly 400,000. The city is known for its timber industry specifically and is a major trade city between Chicago...

How Big is The Mall of America

The Mall of America is located in Minnesota, US and The Mall of America contains an area of 4,200,000 square feet equivalent to 96.4 acres! Mall of America is the nation's largest shopping and entertainment location featuring over 520 stores, 50 restaurants and the biggest indoor Nickelodeon theme park- Nickelodeon Universe. SEA LIFE Aquarium, LEGO Imagination Center, American Girl...

Statue of Liberty Neoclassical Architecture, New York

The Statue That Represents America The Statue of Liberty, located in New York, is well known around the world as an icon of freedom and opportunity in America. The statue takes on a Neoclassical style of architecture as a realistic appeal. The sculptor was Auguste Frederic Bartholdi, Structural Engineer: Gustave Eiffel and the pedestal was designed by Richard Morris Hunt....

Space Needle Observation Tower, Seattle Washington

The Space Needle observation tower located in Seattle Washington. The building/tower is an official landmark of the Pacific Northwest and an icon of Seattle. It was built for the the 1962 World's Fair. It gets around 20,000 people every day using it's elevators. Architecture/Design Edward E. Carlson and John Graham, Jr. combined their creativity to create a masterpiece. The original idea...

The History and Architecture of Two Prudential Plaza

Two Prudential Plaza Two Prudential Plaza is currently the 6th tallest building in Chicago and the 13th tallest in the United States. Various companies are stationed in the massive building, including consulates and Chicago radio stations. Construction on the building began in 1988 and finished nearly two years later in 1990. The building is very visible in Chicago skyline from...

The History and Architecture of the Transamerica Pyramid

An Architectural Icon For San Francisco The Transamerica Pyramid Building in San Francisco, California is somewhat of an icon for the city. As the tallest building in San Francisco, 3rd tallest in California, and the 35th tallest in the United States, this building is special for many reasons. When it was first built, it was meant to be a headquarters...

Architecture of the Lincoln Memorial

A Special Memorial for a Special President The 99 foot monument dedicated to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, is not only just a tourist trap, it is an architectural wonder. The building may not seem that amazing from afar, but if you see the detail put into the building you will instantly be stunned. The memorial holds...