Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessnessFrank Gehry
One of the (many) things I like to photograph when I travel are the various buildings I see. Buildings tell us so much about how people live, how they work, how they worship. Or, if they are old buildings, how they once lived/worked/worshipped.
For the Lens Artists Challenge this week Sofia is interested in looking back at the past. I decided to focus on architecture and put together an informal timeline of some favourite buildings I have found and photographed. And because we are ‘looking back’ I propose to start with the present day and head backwards through time. I have included dates but some of these are quite general or refer only to one main section of a larger building constructed over a period of time.
I’ve included some links to posts with more photos of these buildings but please don’t feel obliged to follow any of them! They’re just there for interest if needed.
Early 21st century
High rise offices in Shiodome, Tokyo
Al Alam Palace in Muscat, the royal residence of the Sultan of Oman (you can see it in its setting in the old city in my featured photo)
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC
The Chrysler Building, NYC
The former bank of Magdalena, NM
Strēlnieku iela 4a, one of the glorious Art Nouveau gems of Riga
Turn of the 20th century
The merchant houses of Takayama, Japan
The Palais de la Bahia, Marrakesh
Gurney Street’s ‘Painted Ladies’, Cape May, NJ
The Royal Pavilion, Brighton, built as a seaside home for the Prince Regent and designed by John Nash
Keats’ House, Hampstead, London
Birthplace of George Stephenson, Wylam, Northumberland. When Stephenson was born, in 1781, there would have been four families living in this two-storey cottage, each with a single room.
Badal Mahal (Cloud Palace), part of the Gahr Palace in Bundi, Rajasthan
1587 – 1593
Forte Real de São Filipe, Cidade Velha on the island of Santiago, Cape Verde
Rocca Roveresca, Senigallia, on the Adriatic coast of Italy
1406 to 1420
The Forbidden City, Beijing
Late 12th century
The Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom, Cambodia
San Vittore alle Chiuse, in Marche, Italy, considered a notable example of Byzantine-influenced architecture in Italy
C 700 AD
Temple One, Tikal, Guatemala
The Royal Tombs, Petra (scanned from a very old slide)
Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England
As I compiled this selection I was struck by the similarity between some buildings many centuries apart in construction. Look at the cathedral in Liverpool next to Temple One in Tikal. Or the Art Nouveau styles in Riga next to the Royal Tombs in Petra. Maybe architects, like the rest of us, like to look back?