Concept Architecture

The advances that the construction industry has experienced in the last 50 years has been absolutely amazing.  To put it in to perspective 50 years ago no one had a power drill.  20 years ago no one had a cordless drill.  Today, however we have computers in our pockets but are still behind slightly in the development of great tools, I feel like at this pace to keep up with technology we should have more robots doing the work than humans, but the construction is still labor intensive even with the advancements in some of the tools.  I still feel today that one of the biggest disconnects between the architects and the contractors is that we as architects dream big, we think the only thing that limits us is our minds, and how much the budget of our client is.  The truth is however that we can dream of stuff that in all actuality, just can’t be done.  As long as we are reliant on certain tools and certain materials there will be limits to what we are truly able to accomplish.  The nuts and bolts of the creation of a building though is only partially us, its the guys toting tools every day, its the trucks towing trailers full of materials, and its the heavy machinery that assembles the structure of the building.  All that being said here’s a quick tribute to some concept architecture, that maybe one day we will actually be able to see.

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Burj Al Arab

This place is frikkin awesome.  The END *mic drop*.  Ha, I kid slightly but seriously, there’s not much i can say that can add to the glory of this place.  Sitting just of the shore in Dubai, held up by an artificial island, which was engineered incredibly, it stands as the 4th tallest hotel in Dubai and is made to appear like the sail of a ship.

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Being connected to the shore by only one curved private bridge this building is absolutely breathtaking, at night it lights up like the fourth of July and shines over the shore.

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You see that satellite looking dish thing up at the top of the building?  That actually a helipad.   For one particularly event the ownership turned it in to the worlds highest tennis court and let Roger Federer and Andre Agassi play a game on it.Capture

That would creep me out.  That looks awesome and terrifying all at the same time.

 

The interior is nothing short of unbelievable.  This 7 star hotel designed for royalty and sultans is a sight to behold.

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I guess ill just keep sitting here and eating chocolate dreaming that one day i might be able to go here and visit.

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One World Trade Center

Hello.  Welcome to my blog about architecture.  This is not your standard blog about the architecture itself, don’t get me wrong, I am absolutely fascinated with our modern day marvels.  I am equally as fascinated that we have some buildings or remnants of buildings still standing from hundreds of years ago.  What a feat!  I can drive downtown now and see a 50 year old building decaying, but the Colosseum still stands!  That’s incredible to me.  I have been in architecture now for quite some time in my life and though most of what we do is honestly glorified design and remodeling the interiors of existing spaces, what i really enjoy are the opportunities to make an entire building an art piece.  To be able to give it status and meaning beyond what its purpose is simply by its design.  I will probably never have the ability or budget in my lifetime to accomplish something like that, but its kind of like the Super Bowl for us, you know, the Big Show…. to be able to accomplish creating a new landmark.  So even if i never get that opportunity I figure I can dream about it and write about it here.

I will get in to how I see some cool buildings around the world, but I first must start with the most recent newsworthy piece of architecture that has happened in America, being the One World Trade Center.

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The photo above shows the Manhattan skyline not long before completion of the new tower.  Appropriately nicknamed the Freedom Tower, there is an endless list of intricate “easter eggs” if you will about this tower and how it represents not only America itself, but serves as memorial to the 9/11 attacks.  First and foremost the tower is 1,776 feet tall, which is also the year that America declared its independence from tyranny.  Wow, just had a thought as I was writing, this is a slight rabbit trail but looking at that picture and thinking about the year 1776.  America is only 240 years old.  That’s only 6 generations, in this photo above 24o years ago, was nothing.  Dirt, and nothing.  not only were there not buildings and we can clearly see how far that has come in two and a half centuries.  But think about what is happening in those building in New York.  in a measly 240 years this infrastructure has been created, in 240  years the economy that almost begins and ends here in these buildings every day, was non existent.  It is astonishing to me to think how rapidly our country has grown when matched up against its existence.

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