Beach Christmas morning in Melbourne

If you are part of the Florida-goers North Americans and based on that, you think you know how Christmas is in all hot places you are mistaken. With all the heat and beautiful waters, these trips do not prepare you for what one finds in the land down under.

The US architectural symbol of democracy, Lincoln Memorial

Symbols are an evolving library of information that pulls us together into the same conversation. Many symbols go beyond religious and cultural markers that are recognized by all, while some need to be learned before they are used and understood.

The key ingredient in a symbol is meaning. Anything can be a symbol, if it has meaning and sufficient recognition or use, it will eventually make it into the library of symbols of a religion, nation, the western or the eastern world, or humanity.

Neoclassical architecture as it is present in North America and especially United States has been associated with many meanings out of which in the case of Lincoln Memorial is democracy.

Look again – National Art Gallery

We often find ourselves dismissive toward the familiar. The quest for novelty is socially promoted as a virtue, a higher aspiration; to the detriment of the well-known that is often associated with the banal, the boring. And we don’t want that. And yet the power of archetypes and clichés is indisputable. It’s almost like a…

Nashville, the music of architecture

Busy with professionals arrived for the various conventions and stars ready to perform, the city is full of sound and entertainment. The recently added Music Centre, a convention centre housing numerous exhibits and meeting halls, celebrates the rhythm and soul of this artistic city. The building is a pleasure to explore and admire with it’s sound-inspired…

Grand Staircases of Chicago – then and now

Daniel Burnham’s 1925 Union Station, is one of the last Beaux Art buildings in Chicago. It’s Grand Hall with the Tennessee marble staircase  was immortalized on film in the famous baby carriage scene from The Untouchables. .. Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s Michigan Avenue Apple Store: All about Glass. I love its elegance and sophisticated simplicity. At the art gallery, complementing the outstanding…

5 projects by Herzog and deMeuron Architekten

A glimpse at the work of this talented team. …2001 Pritzker Prize in Architecture… The Rock Crystal Chandelier installed at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota is the objectified essence of their architecture of light and mass. Designed in 2005, you can trace it’s concept in the preceding architecture: 1998 – The Ricola Marketing Building [Laufen,…