Architecture

Architecture is a science, art, and technique of planning, designing, and building structures on the landscape of earth – and is different from the skills employed in constructions of those structures. As an art form, architecture is a way in which we express ourselves and ideas on the earth’s environment. As with other art forms, architectural process, design, and the final products are subject to cultural, technological, and stylistic changes.

Architectural products, such as buildings, dams, and stadiums, are typically seen as cultural perceptions and symbols expressed in the form of art. These works don’t just offer up protection, workspaces, or shelter; they also represent cultural and human ideals.

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This cloud playground is too much fun – Marmara Forum’s Oyun Alanı

The roof park of Marmara Forum is perhaps one of the most photographed in Istanbul, Turkey. It is situated in the Bakirköy district and a marvel of architecture located in a residential area in the city. Bakirköy is a crucial shopping and commercial center and is one of the most visited in the country. …

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Abidjan’s La Pyramide by Rinaldo Olivieri – Iconic & neglected

La Pyramide is a high-rise building, one of the most recognized, located in Ivory Coast’s largest city Abidjan. The 15-story high rise was designed by architect Rinaldo Olivieri and was constructed for five years between 1968 and 1973. The building was created in the shape of a pyramid, hence the name La Pyramide. When …

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Kiev’s UFO – A modernist masterpiece

Deservedly nicknamed the “Kiev flying saucer” or “Kiev UFO,” the Kiev Institute of Information is an authentic work of modernist architecture that stole the limelight during the Soviet era. This awe-inspiring, alien-like piece of Soviet architecture has again come to the spotlight because it is being threatened by the mushrooming of modern shopping malls. …

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Olimpiiska – One of Kyiv’s most intriguing metro stations

The Olimpiiska Station, located in Kyiv, Ukraine, stands in the same spot as the former Ploshchad Lev Tolstoy station. It is a part of the third section of the Kurenevsko-Krasnoarmeyskaya line and was launched just 12 months after the commissioning of the second section. Most of the stations that were built on the Obolon …

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Wesley Meuris’ Memento – A place to leave your worries behind

Memento is a circular pavilion that was created by Belgian artist Wesley Meuris. This beautiful white pavilion is located on the outskirts of the little Flemish town of Borgloon. Being situated directly on the slope, Memento overlooks the central graveyard found in the medieval city that has been nicknamed Central Burial by …

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A floating pavilion in Taipei – By Shen Ting Tseng Architects

The Floating Pavilion The Floating Pavilion was a temporary structure exhibited at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum Plaza, Taiwan, in 2016, as the winning design in the annual competition to build pavilions at different spaces in the TFAM complex. The pavilion was designed by Shen Ting Tseng Architects to add vitality to the plaza, which …

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João Filgueiras Lima’s Bahía exhibition center – A brutalist classic

As far as Brutalist architecture goes, the Centro de Exposições da Bahía Building, more commonly known as the Exhibition Center of the Administrative Center of Bahía, is a perfect example. Designed in 1974 by Brazilian architect João Filgueiras Lima, more frequently known as Lelé, this amphitheater was designed to accommodate at least 50 individuals. …

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Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin – NOT a chapel

For everyone with an interest in design, Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin is a great feast for the eyes and has a pretty interesting story behind it. Austin is a 2715 square feet (252 square meters) building on the grounds of the Blanton Museum of Art. The story behind the building goes that in 1986, Douglass …

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Ricardo Bofill’s eye-catching La Muralla Roja

La Muralla Roja Lying off Spain’s Calpe coast is La Muralla Roja (red wall), one of the most eye-catching buildings on the shores of the Mediterranean. It is an apartment block borrowing heavily from the Arab, Greek, and contemporary designs while keeping clean-cut geometric shapes of contemporary architecture. The outer walls are in different hues …

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Renovation of a gas station Creatives find inspiration from some of the most uninspiring sources. Many of them find ideas from looking at others’ creations. Architects are in this category too. They get their creative juices running from some of life’s regular occurrences. A gas station is the last place you would expect to see …

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Why should you visit the Teshima Art Museum?

Why does the Teshima Art Museum that only hosts a single piece of work by one artist attract art lovers from all over the world? One of the main reasons is perhaps that this clever construction allows the audience a chance to not only look at the art. It lets you experience the buildings …

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Not Vital’s remote house in Patagonia, Chile

Who is Not Vital? Not Vital is no stranger to success. Throughout his long and illustrious career, he has become synonymous with works that fuse sculpture and architecture to create an almost spiritual experience for his audiences. Vital’s works echo a powerful conflict and link between our understanding of traditional architecture and sculpture, which allows …

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DP Architects’ pavilion – A gigantic zero-waste playground

Archifest 2016, Singapore In a fast-moving and vibrant city, Singaporeans often miss the chance to stop and take in the sights, color, and sounds of the city. Residents in this densely populated city where space is premium do not get many opportunities to enjoy big artforms. With this in mind, the Singapore Institute of Architects …

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Chris Burden exposed the foundation of the museum

In his works, Chris Burden goes beyond limits to produce immemorable installations that have revolutionized art. Many of his works involve commitment, hard work, and ethos that bring out metaphoric power akin to his performances. Exposing the Foundation of the Museum At the Museum of Contemporary art (MOCA), Chris created a revered installation that …

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SelgasCano’s Serpentine Pavilion – Dynamic & almost fragile

Serpentine Gallery’s Pavilions In architectural language, a pavilion refers to a subsidiary building that is either positioned separately or as an attachment to the main building. Often its function is creating pleasure and providing a place to rest. Pavilions also offer shade to shield us from too much exposure to the sun. All ages and …

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Why Gordon Matta-Clark cut holes in buildings – Conical Intersect

For the 1975 Paris Biennale, Gordon Matta-Clark made big cone-shaped holes in two buildings near the Centre Georges Pompidou. The action took place in Les Halles, a neighborhood that was being demolished. Matta-Clark aimed to permit passers-by to peek through to the Centre Pompidou while it had been under construction. Conical Intersect (1975) was …

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Dan Graham’s Homes for America – Unlocking the madness

What is Dan Graham is known for For the past half-century, Dan Graham, through art, has been on a mission to illustrate the symbiosis that exists between any architectural environment and those that interact with it. Graham has been involved in projects around the world, but his works that provoke the most interest are made …

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What is Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower all about?

The Imagine Peace Tower The Imagine Peace Tower is a memorial crafted by Japanese-American artist and musician Yoko Ono. She created this in tribute for her deceased husband and legendary member of The Beatles, John Lennon. The Imagine Peace Tower is Yoko’s largest work of art to date. It took her three years to develop …

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