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
The architecture of the Temple of the gods
What attracts tourists is the Temple of the Gods? Aside from the fact that it exists almost two thousand years, the architecture itself draws the eye. The Pantheon looks pretty mysterious because of the lack of Windows. The only window through which the light gets into the room, is a huge hole in the dome. It’s called “Oculus”, in antiquity it was a symbol of the all-seeing eye. Some researchers suggest that Oculus was designed so that the solar rays entering inside the Pantheon, lit up in a specific order one or the other statue. The statue, of course, depicted the ancient gods – Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and others.
The hole was eventually covered with many legends. One of them says that during the construction of the Temple of the Gods the dome of the whole story. In a ready made building was held the first ceremony. And while it is holding the evil spirits could not stand it, began to rush and broke up, breaking a hole in the top of the dome. Continue reading
The ancient trail
Blooming mountain Huashan is called because the peaks of this complex of five mountains form a Lotus flower. The mountains are at a distance of approximately 1-2 miles from each other and oriented to the cardinal points: center, South, North, East, West. Mount Huashan — the sacred mountain of the West. It should be noted that this extraordinarily beautiful area, but ascending to the top of the complex very dangerous. The paths leading to the peaks, very narrow, 12 km long Entangling his serpentine rocks, they eventually converge at the highest point of the complex at the altitude of 2 100 m. mostly to be done this way can only be solved pilgrims. Sometimes they have to travel way across the narrow bridges attached by chains to the cliffs, which requires considerable physical strength and endurance, and most importantly, enviable determination. Because most of the wooden bridges built many centuries ago. Continue reading