Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid died last week at the age of 65. A recipient of the Prizker Architecture Prize, Dame Hadid enjoyed a series of prestigious commissions as well as a career teaching at Harvard, Yale, and Columbia Universities. … Continue reading
Mihrab (noun) A mihrab is a niche in an Islamic mosque that indicates the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca toward which all Muslims should face when they pray.
“Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.” – Frank Gehry
Façade A façade is the face of a building. Often an architect embellishes a façade with a special architectural or ornamental treatment. The Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí created perhaps the world’s most elaborate Art Nouveau façade, the Nativity Façade, for … Continue reading
Built by French King Louis IX, a.k.a. St. Louis, in the mid-13th century, Sainte-Chapelle almost itself is a reliquary rather than a chapel to house reliquaries. The space is connected to the Royal Palace so that the royal family could simply walk into … Continue reading
Iwan (noun) An iwan is a vaulted room open on one side, usually onto a courtyard in an Islamic mosque. The iwan in Omar Khayyam’s tomb in Neishabour, Iran is decorated with characteristic Islamic geometric and vegetal motifs.
The Art Minute University: This post was written by Ryan Maler, a student at Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX. The Glass House, designed by architect Philip Johnson, is set in a rural landscape in New Canaan, Connecticut. The modern home has … Continue reading
“I don’t divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one.” Luis Barragán
Ambulatory (noun) A place for walking, usually an aisle in a church around the apse. In Santa Costanza in Rome, the mausoleum for the Roman Emperor Constantine’s daughter Constantina, the ambulatory is circular and goes around a space where the … Continue reading
Even the Vanderbilts had to stretch their legs in the summertime and when brother Cornelius did he headed to Newport, RI to his 70-room, 65,000 sq. ft. summer mansion, The Breakers, set on cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. (All of … Continue reading
San Vitale is one of the first examples of Byzantine art and architecture in Western civilization. In the 6th century, under the reign of Justinian, Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) became the political and religious center of the Christian Byzantine Empire and … Continue reading
Frank Gehry’s design for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain is so completely unhindered by traditional rules that regulate architectural design that the building has a sculptural appearance that is totally independent of any school of architecture from history. Gehry … Continue reading