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I'm a big fan of the Pompidou, though I'm sure it has its detractors.

by Anonymousreply 15812/11/2015

The Daily Planet Building.

by Anonymousreply 104/17/2013

The Seagram Building

by Anonymousreply 204/17/2013

That Batman looking building in Nashville

by Anonymousreply 304/17/2013

I love the Disney Concert Hall in downtown L.A.

by Anonymousreply 404/17/2013

I was going to say the Seagram Building. Instead, here's Case Study House #22

by Anonymousreply 504/17/2013

Hold me R4,I`m scared!

by Anonymousreply 604/17/2013

Literally every single photo posted in this thread is of an ugly building.

5 Beekman

the Grand Palais


the Woolworth Building

Garnier Palace

These are beautiful buildings.They are the ones still standing. Many of the movie palaces built in early 20th century are among my favorites, too.

by Anonymousreply 704/17/2013

They are such beautiful buildings (esp. Beekman Place), R7, that they deserve pictures.

by Anonymousreply 804/17/2013

the Woolworth Building, celebrating its centennial next week!!

by Anonymousreply 904/17/2013

The Woolworth Building

by Anonymousreply 1004/17/2013

I guess you meant Beekman [italic]Street[/italic], R7.

by Anonymousreply 1104/17/2013

The Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, only 24 years behind schedule and now nearing completion.

Or else.


by Anonymousreply 1204/17/2013

The Chrysler.

by Anonymousreply 1304/17/2013

The Conservatory of Flowers, in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. It's an odd old place, but quite lovely.

by Anonymousreply 1404/17/2013

India's "Golden Temple" looks rather faaabulous in pictures.

I wonder what it smells like, in real life?

by Anonymousreply 1504/17/2013

The Chrysler Building.

by Anonymousreply 1604/17/2013

Those Frank Gehry buildings like the Lillian Disney Hall always look like they were built to propitiate Cthulhu.

by Anonymousreply 1704/18/2013

Sydney Opera House. It looks great in the daytime and they can do some great lighting effects at night.

by Anonymousreply 1804/18/2013

Pompidoooooo was a huge controversy when it was built...all the piping on the outside...those pictures don't really show...and they demolished great buildings for it. I love modern architecture but up close and when you are there it really is hideous...

by Anonymousreply 1904/18/2013

The Pompidou is just a gimmick that has turned into kitsch. The rationale of the guts-on-the-outside silliness is betrayed by the difficulties of the interior.

France should wait 10 more years and then quietly demolish it. If allowed to stand it will be a permanent stain on Paris, like bird shit allowed to remain on the tableware when dining al fresco.

by Anonymousreply 2004/18/2013

Milwaukee Art Museum by Calatrava

by Anonymousreply 2104/18/2013

The Milwaukee Art Museum annoys me because the fancy bit is just the entrance.'

by Anonymousreply 2204/18/2013

De Waag, Amsterdam - the center of my spiritual universe

by Anonymousreply 2304/18/2013

Almost all of Oscar Niemeyer: Copan, National Congress, St Francis Church, Niteroi Art Museum

by Anonymousreply 2404/18/2013

The new, permanent Titanic exhibition building in Belfast is stunning. I rated it with my first sight of the Sydney Opera House.

by Anonymousreply 2504/18/2013

Samuel-Navarro house.

by Anonymousreply 2604/18/2013

Beautiful, R26. And I'd never heard of it before.

by Anonymousreply 2704/19/2013

9 w 57 St NY NY

by Anonymousreply 2804/19/2013

R7 doesn't seem to know that the Seagram building is an architectural landmark.

by Anonymousreply 2911/01/2014

Orange County Courthouse, Orlando.

Slightly stucco, slightly art deco. So clean.

by Anonymousreply 3011/01/2014

Atheneum in New Harmony, Indiana

Getty Center in Los Angeles

both designed by Richard Meier

by Anonymousreply 3111/01/2014

When I see something like The Pompidou, I immediately think "How in God's name will they be able to dust all those surfaces?"

by Anonymousreply 3211/01/2014

London Natural History Museum.

Also, Big Ben

by Anonymousreply 3311/01/2014

Another pic of the London Natural History Museum.

by Anonymousreply 3411/01/2014

It was years ago but when I first saw the Pompidou, my first impression was "dated". It looked very shabby too although I think it's been repainted.

My favorite is the Flatiron Building. I also like the McGraw Hill Building on 42nd St.

by Anonymousreply 3511/01/2014

London draw bridge.

by Anonymousreply 3611/01/2014

The Pantheon in Rome

by Anonymousreply 3711/01/2014

The Pantheon, and Coliseum in Rome.

by Anonymousreply 3811/01/2014

Since this is from more than a year ago, I may have posted the Chrysler Building or Sydney Opera House links - both are favorites along with the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. I never walked into the Chrysler Building, but I've been in the other two.

by Anonymousreply 3911/01/2014

Singapore Sands SkyPark

by Anonymousreply 4011/01/2014

Villa Rotunda

by Anonymousreply 4111/01/2014

The moon building. Dubai

by Anonymousreply 4211/01/2014

I like R2 and R5 choices, I love the clean lines but for a bit of romance I think Eilean Donan Castle is wonderful.

R42 that's a conceptual drawing, it doesn't exist.

by Anonymousreply 4311/01/2014

Markt Hal in Rotterdam

by Anonymousreply 4411/01/2014

El Escorial

by Anonymousreply 4511/01/2014

Nothing is prettier than this one!

by Anonymousreply 4611/01/2014

Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna, all decked out in Maria Therese yellow...

by Anonymousreply 4711/01/2014

Imam mosque, Isfahan, Iran (see link)

by Anonymousreply 4811/01/2014

Himeji Castle, Japan

by Anonymousreply 4911/01/2014

Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, Peterhof, Russia

by Anonymousreply 5011/01/2014

Look how they've Disneyfied St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow!

by Anonymousreply 5111/01/2014

City Palace Jaipur

by Anonymousreply 5211/01/2014

Matisse Chapel, Vence

by Anonymousreply 5311/01/2014

City Hall, Milwaukee USA

by Anonymousreply 5411/01/2014

Interior light court, Milwaukee City Hall

by Anonymousreply 5511/01/2014

Vandenburgh County Courthouse, Evansville, Indiana

by Anonymousreply 5611/01/2014

Alexander Hamilton Custom House, New York. At times the NY Customs House provided as much as 90% of the U.S. government's revenue. Of course that wasn't any longer the case when this was built, but it was still important.

by Anonymousreply 5711/01/2014

Nebraska Capitol, Lincoln

by Anonymousreply 5811/01/2014

Still love the Flatiron.

by Anonymousreply 5911/01/2014

The Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles

by Anonymousreply 6011/01/2014

Let's try that again..

The Wiltern Theatre

by Anonymousreply 6111/01/2014

some really good choices on this thread. I get a kick out of R46.

by Anonymousreply 6211/01/2014

Palazzo Ducale/Doges Palace, Venice

by Anonymousreply 6311/01/2014

The Borsen or Stock Exchange Copenhagen, built in the first part of the 17th century

Note the spire formed of entwined dragon tails, magnificent.

by Anonymousreply 6411/01/2014

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania

by Anonymousreply 6511/01/2014

Love the Flatiron

by Anonymousreply 6611/01/2014

modern building at 41 Cooper Square in New York City

by Anonymousreply 6711/02/2014

Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France

Château de Chambord in the Loire valley

by Anonymousreply 6811/02/2014

Château de Chenonceau

by Anonymousreply 6911/02/2014

LVMH building, 19 E 57th Street, New York

by Anonymousreply 7011/02/2014

[quote]Look how they've Disneyfied St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow!

What? They cleaned it? Gave it a fresh paint job? Don't see any mouse ears.

by Anonymousreply 7111/02/2014

A trite choice, but one that remains apt. The most beautiful building site in the world.

by Anonymousreply 7211/02/2014

It's hard to beat many of the Venetians buildings. Ca d'Oro, and the Doge's Palace, already shown, among them. I love the Venetian Gothic with Byzantine elements. Not too ornate, odd but well-balanced, decoratively brilliant but strong.

by Anonymousreply 7311/02/2014

Seagram building...impeccable,timeless

by Anonymousreply 7411/02/2014

Almost all of John Lautner's houses. But Sheats Goldstein is the best.

by Anonymousreply 7511/02/2014

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by Anonymousreply 7611/02/2014

Metropol Parasol - an interesting modern wooden structure in Seville, Spain

by Anonymousreply 7711/02/2014

Some awesome buildings posted here.

I like that NYC is in the middle of building at least 2 future icons - WTC Transport Centre and the 57th St Pyramid

by Anonymousreply 7811/02/2014

Notre Dame de Paris.

by Anonymousreply 7911/02/2014

If you like the Seagram Building, you'll absolutely love the Toronto Dominion Centre, a collection of six buildings including the tallest of Van der Rohe's designs.

by Anonymousreply 8011/02/2014

Another view of the TD Centre, with the stunning Banking Pavillion in the lower right.

by Anonymousreply 8111/02/2014

[There is nothing more tedious than a race baiting troll. Except the people that talk to it.]

by Anonymousreply 8211/02/2014

Love this thread! Here are some of my favorite buildings:

The square Colloseum, Rome. A controversial building but sheer perfection.

by Anonymousreply 8311/02/2014

Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye, Paris.

by Anonymousreply 8411/02/2014

Subotica's art nouveau Synagogue.

by Anonymousreply 8511/02/2014

Church of Our Saviour in Copenhagen with a really cool belltower.

by Anonymousreply 8611/02/2014

Methuen City Hall, the former Searles School.

by Anonymousreply 8711/02/2014

Rietveld Schröder House, Utrecht.

by Anonymousreply 8811/02/2014

Lichtenstein castle, Germany.

by Anonymousreply 8911/02/2014

Stoclet House, Brussels.

by Anonymousreply 9011/02/2014

Sacra di San Michele abbey, Italy. This place was Umberto Eco's inspiration for that creepy monastery in The Name of the Rose.

by Anonymousreply 9111/02/2014

Museum of musical instruments in Brussels with some gorgeous iron-wrought details.

by Anonymousreply 9211/02/2014

And last, but not least-Šibenik's reneissance cathedral made completely out of white stone.

by Anonymousreply 9311/02/2014

Another view of Šibenik cathedral.

by Anonymousreply 9411/02/2014

Karl Marx Hof apartment complex in Vienna:

by Anonymousreply 9511/02/2014

The "Seven Sisters" in Moscow

by Anonymousreply 9611/02/2014

The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw

by Anonymousreply 9711/02/2014

The Chemosphere in LA

by Anonymousreply 9811/02/2014

(Messed up my link at r96)

by Anonymousreply 9911/02/2014

Ugh - last try.

by Anonymousreply 10011/02/2014

Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany

Castle Howard near York, England. location for the TV version of "Brideshead Revisited" from the '80s

MAXXI museum in Rome

HSBC Building and Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong

by Anonymousreply 10111/02/2014

not crazy about Frank Gehry's "melted" building at 8 Spruce Street in New York

by Anonymousreply 10211/02/2014

People who pick Seagram Building also pick Shakespeare as their favorite author; Mozart as their favorite composer; and Picasso as their favorite painter.

by Anonymousreply 10311/02/2014

don"t be silly, R103. A lot more people in the world are aware of Shakespeare than the Seagram building. It's not like everyone studies architectural history in high school.

by Anonymousreply 10411/02/2014

R104: That wasn't my point. To claim the Seagram Building as your favorite building is such a smug, yet dull, obvious choice.

by Anonymousreply 10511/02/2014

Great thread! R33, love the gargoyles on the Natural History Museum.

R81, I walk by the TD centre every day and always admire it.

R92 the Museum of Musical Instruments is a gem.

My choice is the new Opera House in Oslo, built to look like a fjord. You can walk right up it.

by Anonymousreply 10611/02/2014

How do you know the person who chose the Seagram building was trying to be smug, R103? You're reading a lot into that choice. Not everyone is as knowledgeable about architecture as you. I have more of an issue with R7 who wrote that all previous choices were ugly.

by Anonymousreply 10711/02/2014

Agree r102. I think Gehry's overrated and his aesthetic is generally best suited to exhibition-style buildings like The Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, which is awesome. Spruce St and this gem in Sydney are a mess.

by Anonymousreply 10811/02/2014

My favorite building was torn down before I was born.

The Chicago Paradise.

by Anonymousreply 10911/02/2014

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by Anonymousreply 11011/02/2014

Toronto Dominion Center is very like Chicago's Federal Center (see link) which is hated because of what it replaced.

by Anonymousreply 11111/02/2014

..which was this with its 330 foot high dome, which itself replace an older federal center...

by Anonymousreply 11211/02/2014

And that federal building had its columns and stones recycled in Milwaukee's St. Josaphat Basilica.

by Anonymousreply 11311/02/2014

Whereas St. Louis kept its original federal building.

by Anonymousreply 11411/02/2014

R114, the old St. Louis Post Office and Custom House, which you show, was begun in 1872, with construction hampered by its being accidentally built on quicksand. Its survival was the result of much work on preservationists' part, since it was slated for demolition and after its renovation languished as an interesting but not-much-wanted retail and office site.

Webster University came to its rescue by having it serve as its HQ for a downtown campus.

Just a little background. But, interestingly, I don't know that it's anyone's idea of a favorite building.

by Anonymousreply 11511/02/2014

I think my favorite building of all is the Laon Cathedral.

I love the good and sincere gothicness of its design. But there's something about the way the curves animate the facade and towers that separates it from other French Gothic wonders. The discovery that those figures all around its towers are not saints and angels but cows makes for a delight few buildings can match.

by Anonymousreply 11611/02/2014

All of the Gothic cathedrals of Europe are my favorites in a way, but if I had to pick one it'd probably be Notre Dame de Paris.

It's not necessarily the most beautiful and doesn't have the most perfect detailing, but IMHO it's setting in the heart of Paris makes it perfect. The island in the heart of the city, the plaza and the gardens surrounding it, the views as you stroll across the Seine, the way I can always walk to it from my hotel... Look, I live in the middle of nowhere, the idea of being able to *walk* from my hotel to one of the world's great art treasures thrills me.

by Anonymousreply 11711/02/2014

LA City Hall

by Anonymousreply 11811/02/2014

1009 Fifth Avenue, NY NY.

by Anonymousreply 11911/02/2014

R117, as an architecture buff who has spent years on (in and about) western European religious buildings, your choice of a favorite not only does consist of the finest representative of its type, but highlights how important setting is to our appreciation of buildings.

Your mentioning the setting of Notre Dame, its presence but its isolation in the center of the city, how its location allows one to see it from different sides - it IS perfect. Whether from the Quai de la Tournelle to the south or the Rue de Lobau or a little higher from the Quai de l'Hotel de Ville at a distance from the north, the view is wonderful. But then, on the Isle, approaching from Rue d'Arcole, you have that wonderful urban density yielding to the sudden discovery of the church and the square, which always feels empty no matter how people cluster towards the cathedral.

Yeah, MARY! I know. But in talking about buildings we love, and have seen rather than experienced from photos and plans, we have the real experience of the building. It's rather like the difference between falling for someone in a picture but never having the chance to kiss him. I love being at wonderful places when I can - the smell of Notre Dame, the stone after it rains, the dankness and incense inside, the echoes of tourists and the occasional choir practice, the shadows and light through the windows - ah.

by Anonymousreply 12011/02/2014

St. Gereon Cologne

by Anonymousreply 12111/02/2014

I used to work in this grand ornate office building in Detroit. But frankly, during the winter, it was a little dark and depressing.

by Anonymousreply 12211/02/2014

I like the Chrysler Building.

I like Buckingham Palace.

by Anonymousreply 12311/02/2014

Whereas this average suburban office building was so bright and cheerful, with the atrium trees and foutains, that during winter it was a pleasure to be there.

by Anonymousreply 12411/02/2014

This building is simply stunning!

In all the wrong ways...

by Anonymousreply 12511/02/2014

Whoops forgot to post the link!

by Anonymousreply 12611/02/2014

Hôtel de Soubise, Paris

Basilica of Ste. Clotilde, Paris

Church of Val-de-Grâce, Paris

Hôtel de Marigny - 23 avenue de Marigny, Paris. I like the tall black doors that lead to the courtyard and the bas relief above them.

Palais Jacques-Coeur in Bourges, France

by Anonymousreply 12711/02/2014

I definitely don't like the Gehry building in Sydney, R108. He's taking things a bit too far with that design. Eight Spruce Street is understated in comparison. The only problem with Spruce Street is that it's 870 feet high, so if you don't like it, it's hard to ignore. I do like Gehry's IAC Building at 555 W. 18th Street in New York - a bit flashy but not bad.

by Anonymousreply 12811/02/2014

a building called L'Hemisfèric, designed by Calatrava. It's located in the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain.

by Anonymousreply 12911/02/2014

Santa Maria della Salute, Venice

by Anonymousreply 13011/02/2014

The Disney building in LA is just a shrunken copy of Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

Not shrunken -- truncated.

Do. Not. Like.

I loved the Blue Whale in West Hollywood when it first went up in the 70s, but Green and Red turned it all into a joke.

I console myself with Case Study Houses.

by Anonymousreply 13111/03/2014

R125, R126's building is now claiming to be the largest building ever built.

by Anonymousreply 13211/03/2014

Temple of Heaven, Beijing

Cologne Cathedral

by Anonymousreply 13311/03/2014

Someday I hope to visit the Arirtsar Palace in India. Has anyone been there? It looks amazing.

by Anonymousreply 13411/03/2014

galleria at Brookfield Place in Toronto

by Anonymousreply 13511/03/2014

That is lovely R135, especially when you walk through at night.

by Anonymousreply 13611/03/2014

I don't live in Toronto, R136, but I have visited and photographed the galleria. The next time I'm in Toronto, I'll have a look at night.

by Anonymousreply 13711/03/2014

Burj Al Arab

I know it is so last Millennium, but I'd like to snoop around the engineering, and see the atrium.

by Anonymousreply 13811/04/2014

I've been to BCP. It is nice, that whole parbolic arch look.

I can't remember whether Datalounge likes this one or not. It seems a bit whimsical...

by Anonymousreply 13911/04/2014

The best realized Mies van der Rohe design was not actually done by him but by C.F. Murphy & Assoc. Michael Jordan used to live there.

by Anonymousreply 14011/04/2014

le chateau de Chenonceau

by Anonymousreply 14111/04/2014

[quote]The Chemosphere in LA

What's cool about that house is it is constructed so no moments are transferred from the ground to any point on the structure.

That is why it survives earthquakes.

by Anonymousreply 14211/04/2014

Nobody likes Habitation in Montreal?

by Anonymousreply 14311/04/2014

2 cube unit a vendre

by Anonymousreply 14411/04/2014

Disney Concert Hall - Los Angeles

by Anonymousreply 14511/04/2014


by Anonymousreply 14606/29/2015

The Pompidou looks like a Communist worker's camp.

by Anonymousreply 14706/29/2015

How utterly brainless you are R147.

by Anonymousreply 14806/29/2015

Communists see architecture as a means of propaganda. The notion of radical expression of function over form is not something that has ever arisen in Communist circles. Radical aesthetic theories are always capitalist.

by Anonymousreply 14906/29/2015

Fascists, too, r149 -- all those buildings put up by Mussolini, and the Nazi Luftwaffe HQ (with the runway on top) are classic examples.

by Anonymousreply 15006/29/2015

R149 Displays of efficient utility IS their propaganda. Flourishes of the Belle Epoque were held-up as sentimental and decadent.

by Anonymousreply 15106/29/2015

R148 Thanks for your profound addition.

by Anonymousreply 15206/29/2015

R151 has obviously never been to Moscow.

by Anonymousreply 15306/29/2015

Bank of Georgia headquarters, Tbilisi by George Chakhava

by Anonymousreply 15406/30/2015

Cool looking new building in Vancouver

by Anonymousreply 15506/30/2015

I have to say, I'm a big fan of the new Whitney. I guess I have a type. What do people hate about it? The brutalism?

by Anonymousreply 15606/30/2015

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by Anonymousreply 15707/14/2015

Municipal House, Prague

by Anonymousreply 15807/24/2015

Odd buildings, some with interesting engineering

by Anonymousreply 15912/11/2015
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