Important Buildings To Visit
1- Le Centre Pompidou in Paris, France
Center Pompidou, which we think is a must-visit for every architect, is one of the best examples of modern architecture that has been successfully brought to the city. Architects of Pompidou, Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers were two up-and-coming architects in 1970s. They worked together to construct one of our generation’s most renowned and avant-garde structures, the Centre Georges Pompidou.
The cultural hub in Paris, France figuratively turned our world inside out. Another crucial component was the architect’s desire to design a gathering place for both locals and art enthusiasts. This function of introducing the high-tech structure of the building to its traditional surroundings and Parisian street life is carried out by the sizable, slightly sloping, paved piazza in front of the building.
2- The Colosseum in Rome, Italy
The Colosseum is renowned for both its stunning stadium architecture and the bloody events that took place inside. The emperor, his minions, and the citizens of Rome would gather here to see the dreadful gladiator matches, which served as the epicenter of grim Roman luxury.
3- Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey
One of the most significant Byzantine buildings still standing today is Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia. In the sixth century CE, it was constructed as a Christian church. It was a mosque, a museum, and then a mosque again in later decades. With Islamic minarets and inscriptions among magnificent Christian mosaics, the structure depicts the theological shifts that have occurred in the area throughout the years.
4- Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain
La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona was built by renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi 138 years ago. Because of the passing of Antoni Gaudi, who is regarded as one of the forefathers of architecture, the basilica La Sagrada Familia was left unfinished. Since it is still being built, the people also refer to it as the unfinished church.
The difficulties of completing Gaudi’s intricate architectural style and the fact that the construction of the architecture was begun with public assistance in 1882 are the reasons why it has not yet been completed. The basilica’s internal construction is supported by columns that are shaped like branching branches. You start to feel like you’re lost in a forest when you enter the structure.
5- Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain
The Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry created The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, a museum of modern and contemporary art, which is situated in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain. The architect stated that “the irregularity of the curves are designed to catch the light” in reference to the outside of the building’s curves.
When the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao first opened to the public in 1997, it was regarded as one of the most magnificent structures in the world in the Deconstructivist architectural style, a masterpiece of the 20th century.
Visit Like An Architect!
Visit the structures around the world like an architect, which we recommend you to visit! How to visit like an architect?
The aesthetic perception of architects is distinctive even when taking photographs. Take photos of the details of the buildings you visit, the context and the relationship of the building with the city, in short, what you see through the eyes of the architect.
Not without sketching! Make sure you have a sketchbook with you to read and understand the buildings. Try to read the building in its context and make beautiful sketches.
Write down beautiful details in your sketchbook so that you don’t forget them. Let it be a part of your trip to take small notes to talk about your feelings and what you have seen.