Creative and Inspiring Architecture

When I was in Junior High School, I wanted to be an architect. I even took a drafting class, and in my spare time designed a city. Never got around to designing actual buildings before my interests turned to physics, then photography, and finally computers.

I still find good architecture to be amazingly inspiring. There’s something about architecture that makes it special: it’s like a monument or a sculpture, but it’s also a space that is itself planted in a space and has a flow. I’ve tweeted about interesting buildings a few times and highly recommend Wired Magazine’s Building-of-the-week page.

Here’s a local building that does three things at once: 1) it has an interesting and attractive design, 2) it has several parts that join the building with a couple of different surrounding architectures, and 3) it includes a replica of the previous building as an element in its design. So it spans both space and time. Very classic.

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Note  the transition from glass facade to square cement on the left, as it scales down in size to match the adjacent 3-story building. Especially note the blue diamonds and the uniquely-shaped windows beneath. This is a replica of the iconic car dealer’s showroom that was on that corner for decades before being torn down.

 

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The Washington Post has a nice article giving you more detail and history, and features the photo above.

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