What do you think of when you hear the name Andrea Palladio? No who understands architectural history can answer. OK, you can answer; better yet, I’ll answer. Palladio — himself influenced by Roman and Greek architecture– was an Italian architect who is often widely regarded as the father of Western architecture. His style, design influence, and teachings are summarized in his architectural treatise, The Four Books of Architecture, which gained him wide recognition. Palladio’s impact reached beyond typical locations, as this exhibit — “Genealogies” by photographer Max Belcher — points out at the newly-renovated Palladio Museum. Some examples of the Italian architect’s encroaching influence includes the homes built by freed American slaves upon returning to Africa. Continue reading “Find Palladio’s Influence On Freed American Slaves’ Homes”
This building houses the personal library of the late-Antonio Castro Leal, Mexican diplomat and intellectual, in two bays at the north side of the north-west patio at the Ciudadela, his former home. Designed by architectural firm BGP Arquitectura, it was exhibited in a transparent area where the bookcases are attached onto walls to the full height of the ceiling. The bookcases made of dark wood act as vertical elements that work in contrast with both the horizontal floors made of light wood and translucent glass, and finished by the custom white furniture. Fortunately, it’s fairly simple to distinguish the four main areas from each other — reception room, teamwork area, research area and personal reading area — despite the huge open plan of the library. Continue reading “Look at this Lavish and Luminous Library”
If you’re going to Washington D.C. (or will be in the area) before this Labor Day (September 3rd), you can’t miss the LEGO® Architecture exhibition at the National Building Museum, entitled “Towering Ambition”. The exhibit just added three new iconic buildings to the 15 already on display, and they…are…HUGE!!!