For my final project, I decided to pick all my favorite pieces of architecture from some of the chapters through out our textbook. I will describe a few facts about the structures and then I will give a description as to why I picked it and why it is meaningful to me. I hope by viewing my project that you will have deeper thoughts about architecture and how it is significant in our world.
-The Louvre Pyramid is a large glass pyramid
-Designed by I.M. Pei
-Located in the courtyard of the Louvre Palace in Paris
I picked this piece of architecture from Chapter 1. It was my most favorite in the chapter and it caught my attention right away. I love the modern style and sleekness the pyramid has. I love the setting as well because of the traditional and older buildings around it gives it a different feel because I think this structure would more likely to be seen in a city or somewhere more modern and upbeat. It gives a very sleek vibe. It reminds me of The Luxor Las Vegas which is a pyramid hotel in Las Vegas. I think it is a very unique and flashy piece that people will admire for years to come.
Theater At Epidarus
-Epidaurus was named after the hero Epidaurus, son of Apollo
-Located in Greece
-Used for theatre and ceremonies
-Seats up to 14,000 people
I chose this piece from chapter 2. I think this structure is absolutely amazing because of its naturality. Stages and theaters are usually indoors and constructed of the same look. Well, except for this one. This theater is known to have astounding acoustics and sound because of the way it is constructed. One day I would love to attend some type of performance here. I think the idea of this being carved in a natural rock is really quite beautiful. I believe that the performing arts should flow and be performed in a natural way and I think this place is the perfect fit for that.
-Also can be known as the Flavian Amphitheater
-Located in Rome, Italy
-Built of sand and concrete
-Can hold up to 80,000 people
-Animal hunts, executions, re-enactments, and dramas took place here
I picked this piece of architecture from chapter 3. I chose this piece because I have always found it quite bizarre. The structure and design itself are beautiful, but the events that went on the inside are what make it seem odd. In the colosseum, they would hold events such as re-enacting battles, and animal hunts. It just seems strange that people would come up with that idea in the first place. I would like to know if Vespasian, the man who designed the structure had a purpose as to why they were building it and if he knew these events would go on here.
St Paul's Cathedral
-Located in London
-Dedicated the Paul the Apostle
-Architect was Sir Christopher Wren
-Built in the 17th century
I picked this piece from Chapter 4. I think the architecture and design are absolutely incredible. The details are so rich and a lot of time and heart seemed to have gone into this design which I think is very meaningful. It appears to have a great dome like structure from the outside. It is one of the most recognizable sights in London. A reason I picked this piece is because my mom is from London and has told me how amazing this place is in person. I dream of traveling there one day and visiting this cathedral.
-Built by Henry II
-Located ini Dover, Kent
-Largest castle in England
I chose the Dover Castle from chapter 5. This castle looks as if it is out of a book. It looks so surreal to me. Because of all its history and being used in World War II, it is one of the biggest tourist attractions in England. I think this castle has a very creative yet simple design. It was built in 1066 and people still admire it today. I think it is so great how much architecture has evolved and how much the styles have changed, but people still appreciate these older buildings.
-Located in Mesa Verder, Colorado
-Built by Ancestral Puebloans also known as Anasazi
-Sandstone, and wooden beams were used to build it
I picked the Cliff Palace from Chapter 9. I think the Palace is another incredible example of the more natural architecture look. It was built around 1073 so everything that went into it was natural material such as sandstone and wood. This is one of my favorite pieces out of the book because it is something from the past and it was the beginning of architecture and design. I think it is remarkable how they were able to build these structures and move all these materials with their bare hands...because look at what we use today. We have made these accomplishments of things to use when building and to get things done, but if you you back to times the Cliff Palace was built in, they did not have an equipment at all.
The Royal Pavilion
-Also known as Brighton Pavilion
-Located in Brighton, England
-Built in 1787
-Architect John Nash
I chose the Royal Pavilion from Chapter 12. I chose this piece because its not a design you see everyday. It was built for George, Prince of Wales who became George IV. The luxurious design gives you the assumption that it belonged to someone powerful or wealthy and it did. What I like most about this piece is that it is something extraordinary. It is not a house or building. The design is not typical or basic. That is something I love most about architecture and the ability of the architect to express his or her style and how they feel about art. I think this architect did a spectacular job and really loved different types of art.
I have always had a strong love for architecture and many forms of art. Even before taking Humanities. By taking this class, it has really opened my eyes to different styles of art from different time periods. It broadened my knowledge and lead me to have a love for all kinds of art. I have learned so much more about architecture and the architecture from different time periods and all over the world. This class has encouraged me to keep gaining knowledge about art all over and never lose my love for art. The last and important thing this class has taught me is that there is so many types of art in the world and something for everyone to love and admire. I think there is so much more out there for me to learn about and this class was just the first step for my artistic journey.