Mies who started in the Bauhaus in Germany then practiced in Chicago for many years would have turned 132 today. His work is still relevant today. The influence Villa Tugendhat in Brno, in modern Czech Republic can be seen in … Continue reading
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He was born Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni in 1475. A painter, sculptor and architect was the true personification of the Renaissance man. He worked on a number of architectural projects. His design for the Capitoline Hill with with trapezoidal … Continue reading
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Here are some photos I took of Foster’s new dome for the Reichstag in Berlin.
This is the father of modernism Mies Van Der Rohe’s 130 birthday. Here is the Farnsworth home built in 1945 about an hour outside of Chicago in Plano, IL. It is a iconic piece of American residential architecture. He raised the house to catch views of the Fox River. Due the fact it is so close to the river it has been flooded a couple of times. Studies are underway to create an unobtrusive way to lift it when a flood occurs.
Ledoux explored visionary architecture based on simple geometry. Below is one of his famous series of buildings The Royal Saltworks of Arc-Et-Senans, this illustrates how over 250 years ago he created radical work based on marrying rationality and aestheticism. It has a radius of 185 meters which has five buildings comprising the arc and five others the diameter. Nine paths cross and converge on the director’s house in the middle.
Andrea Palladio whose 16th century homes were built as country houses for the wealthy Venetians are still being used as homes was born today 507 years ago. His symmetrical floor plans and classical detailing are still being used in residential architecture.
Today is Modernist architect Richard Meier’s 81st birthday. He uses porcelain white panels on the exterior or almost all of his buildings or uses white stone on others.