The culmination of the development of medieval European art is restrained mystical Gothic style, which replaced the lush extravagance of the Romanesque style. Bright mosaic stained glass Windows, soaring spires of the needles, the glow of gold, expression, a Symphony of harmonious combination of light, glass and stone – can be figuratively characterized the Gothic style in the interior. The term “Gothic” appeared in Sunny Italy during the Renaissance. So ironically the Romans called the primitive barbaric cultures of the passing into oblivion of the middle ages. First, the word “Gothic” was used in literature when the author wanted to somewhat ironic to denote in the text distorted Latin. Later Gothic became a definite architectural style, which in a nutshell can be called eerily majestic.
To reproduce in modern homes the Gothic style is not so easy, but its individual elements are often used when creating projects of country houses. Continue reading
The main post office on Maidan Nezalezhnosti . Before the revolution, on the site of the present Post office number 1 lived the bourgeois Dyakonov. In her apartment was a scene of unusual things — the unknown force was moving the furniture around and threw pillows. The woman called the police, and the registered: in the house — poltergeist! So he became almost the first in Europe registered a Ghost. And in 1989 the new portico of the General post office, decorated 13 granite pillars, collapsed on the heads of visitors. 13 people were killed… people say that without the evil forces there has not been.
Gargoyle . The facade of the house on Bolshaya Zhitomirskaya street, 8 decorated with gargoyle — draconiana snake. According to the legend, the creature lived in France, in the Seine river, spewing water over the boat and flooded the house. If you look at the Chimera from the bottom up, it seems that she slyly grins. They say the home owner, tradesman Rogovsky, was fond of the Ouija sessions, and accompanied them in the room next door with a mythical creature.
Richard’s Castle . This is the house number 15 on Andrew descent. The castle was built in the early XX century. The owner of a site, the contractor Orlov, died in few years after construction. New residents are unable to live in this building — from the vent pipe came the bloodcurdling howl, which decided that the house is cursed and haunted by ghosts. Continue reading
On the old pier in the English town of Southend has built a cultural center. Thinking through the nuances of design, designers have not forgotten about the birds living in the neighborhood.
In the town of Southend – on – sea (Essex, UK) is one of the longest and oldest piers in the world, survived several fires, shipwrecks two world wars and a number of reconstructions. It was built in the Victorian era, around 1830, but new buildings did not appear on the pier since 2000. In 2009 the Landscape Institute UK has announced a competition to design cultural centre, which was won by the group in the Bureau White Arkitekter, Sprunt and engineering company Price & Myers.
The building has an area of 376 sq m is very different from the Victorian buildings of Southend. It is intended to connect the city to the coastal zone. Fearing flooding, the authors of the project decided to raise the building to the Foundation 1.5 the level of the pier. Continue reading