Firework Show or Building? The Taipei 101 Building

The Taipei 101 formerly know as the Taipei World Financial Center was constructed in 2004 while construction started in 1999. It remained the tallest building from 2004-2010. The building is has 101 above ground (hence the name) and 5 floors below ground. The building is located in the Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan. The building consists of the faster elevator in the world,...

5 Architectural Fails

Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Tacoma, WA The Tacoma Narrows Bridge was a suspension bridge that connected the port city of Tacoma, WA, with the Kitsap Peninsula. It was the third-longest suspension bridge in the world when it opened to the public on July 1, 1940, but it closed four months later after a spectacular collapse. The cause of the collapse was inadequate girders that were...

Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) Rebuilt in Dresden Germany

The Frauenkirche was originally built in 1743 and designed by Dresden's city architect George Bähr. It was placed on the outskirts of town and was surrounded by a graveyard. The church entails Baroque architecture with dramatic curves and bold complex details. The most distinct feature of the church is the 96 meter tall dome, resembling a lot of Roman style architecture. Wikipedia stated...

The History and Architecture of the Willis Tower in Chicago

The World's Tallest Tower in the 80's is Still Very Stunning The Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower was constructed in Chicago, Illinois. In 1973 when the building was completed, it was the tallest building in the world. It stayed this way from 1973 until 1998. The building took the title from the World Trade Center in New...

Aqua Building Chicago Architecture

What is the Aqua Building? Aqua is an 82 story building (primarily residential) that is located in downtown Chicago Illinois. The building is the tallest building in the world to have a woman as an architect, at a soaring 859 feet. The facade of the building is characterized by emerging wavy balconies, some that emerge 12 feet. The name was...

An Analytical Look into The Marina Towers In Chicago

  NAME: MARINA CITY BUILT IN: 1964 LOCATION: CHICAGO (RIVER NORTH) ARCHITECT: BERTRAND GOLDBERG As seen above, the floor plans all are organized to radiate around the central shaft-core. The balcony space proportionally large in comparison to the rest of the condos. The cyan lines indicate a unique organizational method as a result of the circular plan. The condos come in studio, one bedroom...

The History and Architecture of the Chrysler Building

An Art Deco Beauty of New York City The building that was ranked 9th on the list of America's Favorite Architecture is considered one of the best examples of Art Deco architecture. This building was the headquarters for Chrysler from the 1930's till the 1950's. The building was the tallest in the world for about 11 months until the Empire...

Saudi Arabia Building the Tallest Building Kingdom Tower

// // Saudi Arabia has announced plans to build the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah. Currently the tallest building is  Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. The Kingdom Tower is planned to be twice the height of the Burj Khalifa! Head of Kingdom Holding Company, Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal, recently gave his approval for construction of the tower. The designer for the project...

Shanghai World Financial Center Coolest Observatory Deck in The World

On the 100th the Shanghai World Financial Center's observatory remains teh tallest cantilevered observatory deck in the world. What makes it so unique is that the bridge like sructure spans the tops of the building's gap, at 1,555 feet in the air. Construction went from 1997-2008 Architect: Kohn Petersen Fox

Architecture and Why Its Relevant

Architecture Is More Necessary than you Think Architecture is an art and science involving the design and planning of the built world. No matter where you go, you see some form of architecture. Look at the front of your house, somewhere down the line, an architect designed the view you are looking at. It is truly amazing how much detail...

Jenga Building Planned to be Constructed 56 Leonard Street

The reason I called this a jenga building was because of all the cantilever bulges coming out of the building. The sides of the building will be completely glass. The construction began in 2007 but was seized due to financial problems during that time. Now with construction booming, hopefully the construction of this building will start again. I will...

Modern Lithuanian Architecture

This ultra-modern home was constructed in 2006. Located in a small town of Utriai in the north-west of Lithuania. Lithuania is culturally close to nature and this house represents that. The dark wood Façade, the large windows and nourished lawn bring close ties with nature. At first this house might look boring but at a closer look you can see the unique garage underneath...

Examples of Art Deco in Architecture

Examples of Art Deco in Architecture The artistic/architectural era called art deco evolved from France after WWI. Technological advancements brought the demand for fast production where art deco became suitable. Art deco resembled luxury, and forward thinking. Bold shapes, colors, and intricate straight lines encase the art deco style. I hope for a revival of art deco because it is...

5 Unique and Cool McDonald’s Restaurants

// Some McDonald's You Wish You Went To When McDonalds wanted to build a restaurant in Sedona, Arizona they had a problem. The city thought that golden arches would be an eye-sore. So they decided to settle on Turquoise arches! The Netherlands is home to a very different McDonalds restaurant. Parking is below the building and the drive-through is on the second level. You must take...

Embarrassing Architecture Fails

Everybody makes mistakes, everybody has those days according to Miley Cyrus. So I can understand messing up some measurements, but I do not understand how construction for such radical architecture can continue after realizing the mistakes made? Although some of the architecture fails created a large head ache for some, they created a good chuckle from everyone else. // //...

Green Algae Proposal for The Marina Towers

A Paris based architecture firm Influx Studios proposed a new "green" transformation for the Marina Towers. The technology used in the design is relatively new. The proposal includes bio reactors that absorb carbon emissions. One of Chicago's main conflicts is the pollution due to the high traffic of cars throughout the city. The proposal includes wind turbines that provide energy as well as transforms the carbon emissions to...

Breathtaking Images of Tokyo and Its Skyline

The World's Largest City Will Impress You Tokyo is not only the largest city in Japan, its the largest in the world. The density in Japan is astronomically high compared to any city in the United States. This is because there is such little land for how many people there are in Japan. Tokyo, Japan is a global city for business,...

Apple’s New Headquarters Building Approved For Construction

Cupertino City approved the renderings of Apple's new headquarters campus. Images of 3d renderings have been floating everywhere on the internet. The campus is a 2.8-million-square-foot UFO within a man-made forest of northeast corner of Cupertino California. The first images leaked out as far back as 2011 but we did not understand how the workers live within the campus structure....

Ghost Town Angola Africa

China planned to invest into Africa by building a huge city all at once. How would that work? Africa is poor enough what makes you think that building thousands of houses costing at the cheapest $80,000 when an average citizen there makes £1.30 a day. China International Trust and Investment Corporation decided to build this without ever asking the question of who...

Buckingham Fountain Chicago Grant Park Design/History

Buckingham Fountain is a landmark located in Chicago, in the center of Grant Park. It was designed to allegorically resemble Lake Michigan. It was dedicated in 1927 and is one of the world's largest fountains. It is deprived from Rococo Wedding Cake design. Architects: Daniel Burnham, Edward H. Bennett If you want to visit the fountain, it is open daily from...

Roman Heritage in Algeria- Breath Taking Images of Timgad

// // Timgad (called Thamugas or Tamugadi in old Berber) was a Roman colonial town in the Aurès Mountains of Algeria, founded by the Emperor Trajan around AD 100. The full name of the town was Colonia Marciana Ulpia Traiana Thamugadi. Trajan commemorated the city after his mother Marcia, father Marcus Ulpius Traianus and his eldest sister Ulpia Marciana. Located...

These Children’s Hospitals Will Enlighten Your Day

A child with a serious illness should not have to endure treatment at an ordinary creepy hospital. Hospitals can be an intimidating place, especially for children. The white sterile walls and big noisy equipment can scare some kids and it’s possible they become miserable and uncooperative. Of course a kind and caring health care professional can overcome these obstacles; but...

Abraj Al Bait, Fourth Tallest Building

Located in Saudi Arabia the Abraj Al Bait building is the tallest in the country and 4th tallest around the world. The building has a large worshipping room with a capacity of 10,000. A 5 star hotel is also within the building to accommodate for the many people who go on a pilgrimage to Mecca to participate in the Hajj. There is...

Taj Mahal, Finest Mughal Architecture, India

The Taj Mahal is by far the finest example of Mughal Architecture. The Taj Mahal is covered in fine white marble, and is a mausoleum. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in remembrance of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is recognized around the world as a key to Muslim art within India. Mughal architecture is...