Throwback Thursday: The Pantheon

November 18, 2010 · Posted in Architecture Around the World, Throwbacks · Comment 

We might have to do another throwback to the Pantheon someday, but, for today, this video is a nice intro to the facts and the look of this all-star edifice.

Gaudi's Sagrada Familia Consecrated

November 9, 2010 · Posted in Architects, Architecture Around the World, Throwbacks · Comment 

Typically, I would wait for a Throwback to post on an older building like this, but Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia is in the spotlight this week.  Though incomplete, Pope Benedict XVI consecrated the church and proclaimed it a minor basilica on Sunday, November 7, 2010.  The church has history oozing from every little crack, it seems.  Construction was started in 1882, Gaudi became the architect in 1883, Gaudi passed away in 1926, the Spanish Civil War halted construction in 1936, when it resumed in the 40’s some of the models of the church and some of the church itself had been damaged, construction continues today and the completion goal is now 2026- 100 years after the death of Gaudi and 144 years after construction began.  Funding for the construction comes entirely from visitor’s fees and private donations.  Commenting on the lengthy process of building the church, Gaudi is said to have commented, “My client is not in a hurry.”

My Crush on the Jubilee Church

July 9, 2009 · Posted in Architecture Around the World · Comment 
photo via Davide Lussetti

photo via Davide Lussetti

Richard Meier’s architecture takes my breath away.  I could spend hours on his website just looking at pictures of all of the stuff that he’s done.  Having said that, there is one building that I would take above all others: the Jubilee Church.  I wish I could commission Mr. Meier to secretly design the exact building but as a house for me and my family…. and my friends… and you could come visit.  Maybe I’ll do another post on it again tomorrow.  It’s located just outside of Rome, and maybe someday my wife and I will go visit the Jubilee Church and Le Corbusier’s Notre Dame Du Haut in Ronchamp, France.  Both of our construction crushes would be fulfilled.

Throwback Thursday

February 5, 2009 · Posted in Throwbacks · Comment 

St. Chapelle

The term “Gothic” has come to be synonymous with “scary” and very associated with the color black.  But today’s throwback goes to Gothic architecture.  Because of the stigma I took a long time to warm up to it, but the term “Gothic” to me now means “not scary” and I associate it with the variouse soft colors of amazing stained glass windows.  My fave of all Gothicdom is the Cathedral of St. Chapelle.  It’s not nearly as large as other Gothic cathedrals, but it’s basically all windows, which was what the masons and the Catholic church were going for.  The structural support all but disappears, there’s tons of light and color, and there’s a feeling that the whole thing should collapse any minute; the buildings actually represented some of the magic that is religion.  Being inside these cathedrals was to be a heavenly experience.

Let’s not forget other beautiful aspects of the Gothic era: