I feel that Sir William Chambers’ ‘The Great Pagoda’ is quite a dramatic piece of Architecture, with its Chinese style roofing and contrasting use of colour. The building consists of a number of repetitive layers, almost like tiers on a wedding cake and makes for a visually exciting piece of design work. Chambers’ Pagoda was completed in the Spring of 1762 and stands in Kew Gardens, London.
There is a lot of speculation over who actually designed the Trevi Fountains. Both Nicola Salvi and Alessandro Galilei competed against one another to receive commission to design the Fountains, and although Salvi initially lost against Galilei, he was awarded with the commission anyway due to the rage and controversy caused by the people of Rome because Alessandro Galilei was a Florentine. Nicola Salvi died, and Giuseppe Pannini finished The Trevi Fountain or the Fontana di Trevi in Rome, 1762.
I have visited Rome and thought it was the most beautiful City in the world. The intricacy of the buildings are phenomenal, and just by looking at them you get a feel for the hard work and appreciation that has been put into building the monuments.
The Trevi Fountain was a lot more impressive in real life, and out of all of the pieces of astounding Architecture in Rome, this is definitely one of my favourites.
Donato Bramante designed St. Peters Basillica which is another one of my favourite pieces of Architecture in Rome. It is a Renaissance piece of Artchitecture known officially in Italian as ‘Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano’. The construction of the Church began on the 18th of April 1506, and was completed on the 18th of November 1626, taking a total of 120 years to complete.
After visiting Rome I believe I’ve been introduced to the worlds best architectural designs, and St. Peters Basillica is definitely one of them. I climbed the steps inside of the church to the top, and the detailing is astounding. The carved walls and curved lines on the ceiling are so beautiful, it’s hard to believe that someone could have created something so admirable and impressive.
To this day, the mystery of who actually designed the Leaning Tower of Pisa has still not been solved. Recent studies suggest that Diotisalvi was the original architect, due to the style of the design and the date of construction. However, Diotisalvi did not leave a signature on or inside of the building which is a common trademark for the Architect, which left speculation on whether he did or did not build the Leaning Tower. The date of construction began on the 8th of August, 1173, and was finished in the year of 1372.
You have to go and visit the piece of architecture to be able to really appreciate the design. After visiting the Leaning Tower, I became extremely impressed and interested in the idea of the design. It is a fun piece of architecture and when visiting the famous building, everyone was standing around the surrounding grass areas taking pictures and pretending to hold up the tower. It is an extremely famous building in Italy and I think almost everyone has heard of it or seen pictures of it which is why it was such a great experience to go and actually see it for myself.
The Eiffel Tower is nicknamed ‘La dame de fer’ (the Iron Lady) and is located on Champ de Mars in Paris, and is the tallest building in the City. It was Built in 1889 and was named after its designer Gustave Eiffel, and was built as an entrance arch to the 1889 worlds fair.
I’ve never personally visited the Eiffel Tower, but it is definitely something I would love to do in the near future. It is a trademark for France/Paris, and is no doubt a beautiful piece of architecture.
Bertam Goodhue met Architect and Designer friend Ralph Adams Cram through a group of artistic intellectuals involved in the founding of the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, 1897. They designed the The Gothic Revival St. Thomas Church in 1914 on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue in New York City.
I like this Gothic style church and think the use of shapes and colours within the design link together to give the church a spooky feel. This is what I think sets it aside from any other normal kind of Church design, as it has a feel of character and that is what makes it interesting as piece of architecture.
The Great Wall of China is a series of stone walls built in Northern China and were designed to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire against intrusions by nomadic groups. Several walls have been built since the 5th century BC, but one of the most famous was built in 220–206 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qui Shi Huang. Not much of the wall remains, but what does was built during the Ming Dynasty.
The Great Wall of China is something that I have always wanted to visit – it’s within the list of famous landmarks that I want to see in the future. Although there’s not any detailing or sculptural aspects to the wall, the way in which is was built is truly magnificent and it has so much history behind it that I don’t see how it couldn’t have been in my top 10 favourite architectural works.
Frank Gehry is a Canadian American Pritzker-Prize-winning architect based in Los Angeles, California. His architectural designs are extremely appealing to me, and I like the idea of his buildings becoming some kind of illusion and a trick to the eye.
The picture below is nicknamed the ‘Dancing House’, which is also known as the Nationale-Nederlanden building in downtown Prague, Czech Republic at Rašínovo, and was designed by Gehry and Vlado Milunić. The contemporary building was designed in 1992 and completed in 1996.