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Running an architectural firm now, in the second decade of the twentieth century, is very difficult. This is because, well, frankly speaking, there are many architects all over the world and each one has his or her ideas that can be better than yours, from a non-architectural point of view. This is the competition that exists in any business. The only way to beat it is to be the best and in order to be the best, you need to be creative.
Now, creativity is something that comes and goes and sometimes you need a push. Well, this article is meant to do just that. In the following text, you will be able to see some the most famous buildings ever constructed. You have most certainly come across all of them, and if this is the case, then this article will serve as a reminder. Hell, there’s nothing wrong with using some ideas in order to create your own. As far as I know, that’s the way people do these things.
Anyway, without further delay, here they are:
1. Guggenheim Museum, Spain
First of all, a museum is something that is pretty much related to art. When talking about this museum in Spain, you cannot say anything else than something along the lines of: “well, this looks amazing”… Look at the image and see just how much effort was put in this by the designer Frank Gehry, a Canadian-American architect. The oval shapes are most certainly there to make the art showcased inside a bit more beautiful, if possible.
2. The Bird’s Nest, China
This building is a stadium, and if you remember the 2008 Olympic Games, well, they were held here. Jacques Herzog, as well as Pierre de Meuron – these two are the ones that designed it – put a lot of effort in this one. Making something concrete and stable, as this building is, based on something that is random, like a birds nest, is something that cannot be easy, but I think they did it just fine.
3. Burj Khalifa, Dubai
If you are someone who thinks that the Empire State Building is the tallest building in the world – news flash – it’s not. This architectural marvel is and its peak is 830 meters high. When you look at it from the ground, it looks like it is stabbing the sky. It was an extremely expensive design, done by Adrian Smith and it was finished in 2010. If you have seen the latest Mission Impossible movie, you can see the main protagonist, played by Tom Cruise, hanging from it – a cool scene, but not that good a movie, in my opinion.
4. Lotus Temple, India
Nature is something that people lost touch with, and one of the reasons for that is our modern way of life, where we are alienated from nature by tall, monotone buildings… it is a bit depressing, isn’t it? Well, this architectural marvel serves to prove the opposite. It is inspired by one of the world’s most beautiful flowers, and it is, if nothing else, truly beautiful. Using motives from nature has been a source of inspiration for artists for thousands of years, and although some might argue, architecture is a form of art, so… you catch my drift…
5. California Academy of Sciences, USA
Speaking of nature, this project is designed to completely fit in with the natural landscape surrounding it, when viewed from above – it has plants on the roof. It is said to be the greenest museum in the world, and I think it really is.
I hope that these five were enough to get you going. Keep in mind though that nowadays, it is not enough that you have a good idea, a good design, and a good project. You have to make sure that your idea gets adequately promoted and recognized, so that your project sees the light of day. Many architects have many projects that ended in the trash only because no one wanted to invest in it. You neither want another piece of paper in the trash, nor another file in the Recycle Bin, do you? So, get those juices flowing and go out and make your building built. You do have the means to do it!