Buildings I like


Taj Mahal, a symbol of love. A perfect symmetry from any side. A master piece. It took I think 25 years to build.

Today I want to share some architectural masterpieces from several periods with you. You may not like my choices but I think they are great buildings and for each I give a reason why.

The Colosseum at Rome. One of the stadiums designed with safety in mind. The stadium could be evacuated in so short a time you can’t believe it.

The Parthenon in Athens

 

Parliament at Dhaka by Louis Isidore Khan one of America’s greatest architects. I love the planning, the lighting and the siting of the building. It is truly a national monument.

Pyramid at Giza. You cannot get anywhere today any perfect pyramid as these great pyramids in Egypt.

Antonio Gaudi’s Casa Mila. A sculptor of a building

 

 

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About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

15 thoughts on “Buildings I like

  1. Manraj says:

    we can learn a lot from what has been done & what is been done today! houses & office buildings are not designed to any fine detail concerning, comfort, space, recreational areas e.t.c. these buildings were designed with an open heart ..?

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  2. aguywithoutboxers says:

    Outstanding examples of architectural accomplishments. 🙂

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  3. ladysighs says:

    I always felt the Taj Mahal to be fascinating and mysterious. I have visited the Parthenon in Athens when I was a young girl. It is magnificent.

    PS I am glad you liked the dog poem. 🙂

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    • makagutu says:

      The Taj is fascinating. The facades are all in marble and it is a gift of one lover to another. I don’t know how true the assertion is, I hear the architect’s eyes were gorged out so he could not do something as magnificent.
      I would want to visit Greece and Rome.
      The poem was a wonderful surprise 🙂

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    • fojap says:

      The man who taught calculus to me had been his neighbor. I lived in Philly for a time (went to Penn but didn’t graduate) and I knew a few other people who knew him.

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      • makagutu says:

        Have you had an opportunity to watch My Architect?
        I like your weblog too. especially the photos, they are fascinating

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        • fojap says:

          Oops. It looks like I hit the wrong reply button.

          No, I never saw the movie, but his extra-marital relationships were part of his legend.

          Thanks for the compliment. When I was a teenager, my grandfather passed on to me an old rangefinder camera. The advance mechanism broke years ago. I meant to see if it could be fixed, but I never got around to it. About two years ago, my sister and my mother gave me a dslr for my birthday. So photography is both a new hobby and an old hobby. I love digital photography for photographing wildlife because you need to take so many shots in order to get a good one.

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          • makagutu says:

            No problem.

            If you can get the movie, am sure you’ll enjoy it. It documents many of the projects he started.

            At the moment I don’t take so many photos maybe this will change when I get myself a camera.

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  4. fojap says:

    My favorite Lou Kahn building is the Salk Institute.

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    • makagutu says:

      You should look at the Library at Exeter. The Dr. Salk Institute is quite good too. There is Kimbell Art Museum with very spectacular lighting

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      • fojap says:

        His ghost is rumored to haunt the design library at Penn. I don’t believe in ghosts and the idea is a little silly, but it comes from the fact that he was not asked to design the new architecture school when he was a professor there. He refused to set foot in the building and held his classes in the library next door.

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        • makagutu says:

          Like FLW he fascinates me. Had 3 kids with 3 women each woman other than the first wife hoping he would divorce the first one and marry her until his death at the railway station.
          He was quite disappointed because his Jewish museum wasn’t built and plus he wasn’t involved in the reconstruction of Penn, a place he had grown up in and was one of its leading architects.

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  5. racheljaber says:

    I have dreamt of visiting Taj Mahal since I was little…..I have read about it so much I can tell the story off head ..facts and fictions alike….and I also plan to visit the Parthenon in Athens before I die……great buildings they are.

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