10 curiosities of the world of architecture
The architectural design is magical and exciting. As in all arts, some of the most famous buildings in the world have curiosities which certainly every architecture lover should know about. Ospinas tells you some of them.
- Gaudí was run over by a tram in 1926. The acclaimed spanish architect, 74, died after the accident and was buried in the Chapel of Our Lady of Carmen, located in the Crypt of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, one of his last works which is still in the final phase of construction.
- The current location of the Giza Pyramids –nearly 20 kilometers from the city of Cairo- belongs to a cemetery where they used to bury the Egyptian citizens who died in that period.
- Manhattan is one of the great examples of perfect design. The island connects the districts of Staten Island, Queens, The Bronx and New Jersey through four tunnels and 19 bridges.
- The Bahrain World Trade Center was one of the first pioneering constructions using wind turbines in order to créate and sabe energy. The three horizontal wing turbines, which generate between 10% and 15% of electricity, only cost 3% of the total budget for the construction.
- From the perspective of Feng Shui, the Bank of China in Hong Kong is one of the most “aggressive” constructions in the world. The finishes and edges of the facade point as arrows to competing banks as if you were to make a “direct attack”.
- Designers Christoph Rossner, Annette Paul and Andre Tempel achieved with the “wall of the funnel” in Dresden, Germany one of the most fascinating buildings in modern architecture: a building that produces music when it rains. The drainage system, chutes and funnels filtered together to produce the sounds that accompany the raini afternoon in the neighborhood of Neustadt.
- According to the World Federation of Great Towers, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, with 828 meters, is the tallest building in the world.
- Mies Van der Rohe was one of the fist designers to install glass panels from floor to ceiling in constructions. An example of this is the Seagram Building in New York.
- If you are a fan of Jackson Pollock, in the Netherlands there is a buildings that reflects the feeling of the artist. The Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum, Holland, is a reflection of one of the paintings of the American artista in a color version. A translucent collage, luxurious, colorful in every corner and opulent.
- The Eiffel Tower in Paris is one of the buildings that increases in height over time. Every summer, the building registers an increase of 6-15 centimeters a result of thermal expansion of its metal.