|1. Guggenheim Museum.|
|2. Guggenheim interior.|
This is one of the most popular modern buildings in the world. It revitalized interest in architecture and set off a worldwide building boom in museums by Gehry and other star architects. Gehry's work is definitely dramatic, with cockeyed geometry and unexpected twists. His computer-generated forms inevitably produce original spaces but, somehow, they always seem contrived and willful. This building gets an A+ for orginality and a D- for coherency.
|3. Potala Palace, former seat of the Dalai Lama.|
This is an interesting choice. Exotic and evocative, this palace and seat of government is a sad reminder of the Chinese onslaught against Tibetan culture. The Chinese army has replaced the Dalai Lama. Military tanks dominate the courtyards where religious ceremonies took place. As architecture this immense building is an abstract extension of the hill upon which it sits. It is organic and mystical despite the recent history that defiles it.
|4. Bibliotheca Alexandrina.|
An architectural homage to the original Alexandrina library, this saucer-shaped building has flown in under my radar. I don't have much to say about it, but it looks like a worthy site for architectural junkies. The "vast rotunda space can hold eight million books" according to Lonely Planet. It does not say how many it actually holds. The original Alexandria library was burned to the ground in 48 B.C. by Julius Ceasar. It was one of the greatest institutions of the ancient world.
|5. Interior of Sagrada Familia.|
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
|6. Sagrada Familia with construction cranes.|
|7. Taj Mahal at dawn.|
1. Rob Munger
2. Rob Munger
3. Ondrej Zvarcek
5. Charles Curling
6. Rob Munger