Architecture: Now and Then

When you look at a building what do you see?  I live in a very small rural town, so we do not have any skyscrapers here, but we have some unique architecture. Most of the buildings here are brick or block and were built in the mid 1900's.  The newest building of any substance is a new school that was built about two years ago.  It is a beautiful piece of architecture.  The building is just outside of the city limits and sits on a 15 acre plot right net to fields of corn and cotton. It is aesthetically pleasing to it's surroundings.

The first things that come to my min when I hear the word architecture are The Sydney Opera House and the skyscrapers in New York City.  While I have not seen The Sydney Opera House, I have traveled extensively throughout the United Sates.  This has afforded me to see many different buildings, old and new.

I was so fascinated when I visited New York City to see all the tall buildings there.  Not only are the buildings well made, they are so pretty to look at.It is amazing to see whole city blocks with skyscrapers that house apartments, hotels, and businesses.  I guess I am most amazed at how long it took from the conception of the idea to the building being finished.  There is a lot of work that goes on for the whole project and millions and millions of dollars spent.

While your average person(like me), only sees the finished building, there is quite a bit of work  that has to be done before anything can actually be built.  I know that I have seen many architectural drawings of what the building is supposed to look like when it is done.  It's almost like an expensive piece of art, like the Mona Lisa that the architecture draws. These are often hung in the building itself.

Let's talk about Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.  This is one building that is on my bucket list. The  architect was Jorn Utzon who was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. The building is not your  usual cubes and rectangles,  It has a lot of curves to it, which is what makes it so unique and visually appealing. There was a competition  in 1956 and Mr.Utzon submitted his entry and he was picked as the winning architectural design.

Modern day architecture is so different than it was in the last millennium.  Buildings are being designed as pieces of art.  Gone are the days of your basic brick or metal structure.  Architects like Brian Setencich are designing buildings to make people lives more comfortable.  Not only are buildings beings designed to be aesthetically pleasing, they serve as pieces of art that are functional. Architecture is where science and art meet.  Little did our ancestors know who we would evolve from the one room cabins built with wood from a local forest to the giant sprawling buildings we have today.

What do you think is the best piece of architecture you have seen?  Let me know in the comments below.


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