12/18/13 02:19 am - tsuki_no_bara - 30 days of babble, dec 15 - favorite architecture
so it started snowing today around noon (give or take) and stopped about nine (i think). i got to leave work an hour early and it only took half an hour longer than usual to get home. the bus wasn't that late - impressive - but there was a lot of traffic and snow and general mess. but there was also so much lovely fluffy snow in front of my house! by now i think it's probably been shoveled.
still behind on the month of babble meme. the topic for december 15 was favorite architectural style, for azewewish, and i guess "frank lloyd wright" is too easy an answer.... partly because i don't love everything he did. i like his early stuff, like shortly after he stopped working for louis sullivan, and the prairie style and the concrete block houses and the main room of the johnson wax building, even tho the ceilings are low and everything leaks and all the poured concrete in the johnson wax building means it's really, really hard to install new technology. (you can't run cables through the floor because it's concrete, you can't run them inside the giant pillars because they're concrete, and you can't run them inside the ceiling because the ceiling is waaaay too high.) that said! if i'd had a spare $3m when the avery coonley house went up for sale, i would've bought it. and i have a soft spot for the long-demolished imperial hotel.
but also, i really love victorian houses - gingerbread! chimneys! way too many overstuffed rooms! - from the later nineteenth century to maybe a decade into the twentieth, with a side swerve into catalan modernisme (the palau de la música catalana, oh my god). i like the overdecoration and the dormer windows, and in southern houses you get wide porches and floor-to-ceiling windows, and a bunch of ways that architects tried to keep houses cool in the summer and warm in the winter in the days before electric heat and air conditioning. i think that stuff is just really neat. (plus which, regional architecture really turns my crank.) my favorite skyscraper is the chrysler building - steel! art deco! gargoyles! - and my favorite non-house buildings as a group are gothic cathedrals. and the dome of st paul's. i love me some ecclesiastical architecture.
random non-architectural link: a dutch artist managed to create a cloud inside a room.