Shigeru Ban Architects Paper-Tube Structures

Shigeru Ban Architects is quickly becoming one of my favorite  architecture firms.  Besides designing beautiful houses, commercial projects, disaster relief projects and churches; they have become, what seems to be, experts in paper-tube structures.  The third picture from the bottom is the world’s first paper-tube space frame, built in 2006.  Their paper-tube structures are most impressive because they are so innovative as well as designed beautifully.  My favorite is pictured last- the owner of this Library of a Poet “felt that a paper library would be best suited to house paper books.”

Throwback to Segovia

March 5, 2009 · Posted in Architecture Around the World, Throwbacks · Comment 
Segovia, Spain

Segovia, Spain

Segovia has to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth.  There is an aqueduct, a cathedral, tiny streets and a castle to top it all off.  I lived in Segovia for the good part of a year, and it’s just fantastic.  Walking around the streets is an architectural thrill-a-minute.  It’s all very old and protected so don’t expect modern, but it is very charming. This aqueduct was built about 100 AD, it stands 93.5 feet tall, and runs almost 20 miles from the source of water.  I went back about 3 years ago with my wife, and I recommend it to everyone looking for old school beauty.

My Wife in a Skinny Street

My Wife in a Skinny Street

Alamillo Bridge

February 4, 2009 · Posted in Architecture Around the World · Comment 

Calatrava's Alamillo Bridge

Santiago Calatrava has long been one of my favorite architects.  Although he does design buildings, his bridges are what captivate me.  He pulls some of his inspiration from musical instruments which creates a “dialogue of balance between pylon and deck.”  This particular bridge is in Seville, Spain, but may I recommend checking out all of his stuff at calatrava.com.