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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 15 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 131 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 69mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was May 29th with 36 views. The most popular post that day was [Leeum: Samsung Museum of Art] Review.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were slashingtongue.com, stephensenglish10-2009-2010.wikispaces.com, digg.com, angxt.wordpress.com, and healthfitnesstherapy.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for marco aldaco, dior omotesando, marc appleton, christian dior building, and marco aldaco architect.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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[Leeum: Samsung Museum of Art] Review May 2010
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Christian Dior Omotesando Building March 2010
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Architect of the Day #1: Marco Aldaco March 2010

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Architect of the Day #2: Marc Appleton March 2010
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About February 2010

I visited Leeum a couple days ago, and I wanted to share my experience there as well as pictures of the wonderful buildings that made up this museum. All of the pictures were taken by myself! 🙂 I hope you all enjoy this review.

“Leeum”, also known as the Samsung Museum of Art, was built in 2005. It was named ‘Leeum’ after the last name of Samsung’s former chairman, Gun Hee Lee. It is located in Seoul, Korea, so it was not hard for me to visit it. It is considered one of the most famous buildings built in Korea, since three very famous and globally well known architects have contributed to its design. In the picture below, you can see that there are three separate buildings. These three buildings make up one museum, and are actually connected altogether underground. (Please ignore the Hyatt Hotel in the background!)

Each building had different purposes. The building in the left was called the Samsung Childrens’ Education and Culture Center. There were several desks and chairs inside, and here I saw children come and learn various things as part of their field trip to this museum. The building in the middle displayed ancient art and pottery of Korea. On the other hand, the building in the very right displayed contemporary artwork from all over the world. Now, let’s look closer at each building! (or each part of the museum!)

The first building I will talk about is the Contemporary Art Museum. It was designed by Jean Nouvel. It consists of two floors above ground level and three floors below ground level. The construction material consisted of rusted stainless steel panels and transparent glass. I wanted to take pictures of the inside, but they did not let me take any pictures. 😦 Anyway, do you see those box-like structures sticking out of the building? If you see from the inside of the building, those boxes are actually mini rooms for displaying just a couple of artworks.

Since I have never asked the architect himself, I cannot say for sure, but I think the purpose of designing the interior like this was to help people focus on just a couple artworks. In a normal museum, all the artworks are displayed along the wall in a normal rectangular room. However, in this museum the box-like borders help you focus on the particular artwork you are looking at. Also, between the box-like structures there were windows of similar structures. I think the purpose of this was to let people think of anything as part of something that can be displayed and be seen as artwork. Looking out of these windows from the inside of this museum, I could see that there were houses in which people lived in, and roads where cars were passing by. I think Jean Nouvel wanted to make people notice that anything can be seen as artwork.

Another interesting thing about this museum was that it was located in the middle of a mountain. Therefore, the mountain had to be cut down. Instead of creating a cement border to hide the cut down mountain, the architects decided to leave the side of the mountain “naked” and exposed to the people. I think the purpose behind this was to make people feel close to nature.

This is the passage way that led to the outside of this building. This was the very last part you could see in the contemporary art museum. Instead of making this just a plain and boring staircase, they divided the altitudes of the stairs and displayed an artwork on the wall. I felt like even the building itself was artistic enough to be considered as a displayed artwork. It was as if I was walking in an artwork itself.

The second building I will be talking about is the Ancient Art and Pottery Museum, which was designed by Mario Botta. There were four floors above ground level and three floors below ground level. Again, they did not let me take pictures of the artworks and pottery. 😦 The design of this building was inspired by pottery as well as walls of Korean castles. The round part of this building is supposed to resemble and represent Korean pottery, and the top of the rectangular portion of this building is supposed to represent the ancient Korean castles. Since this museum focused on displaying ancient Korean artwork, I think the design well-suited the function.

The construction material include terracotta bricks that are connected to make horizontal belts around the building. Terracotta bricks composed of soil created a delicate shade.

This was probably my favorite part of Leeum. This is actually a spiral stairway inside the Ancient Arts and Pottery Museum. It is situated right in the middle of the building, so if you were to ride a helicopter and look at it from above, there would be a huge hole in the middle. I thought it was interesting how even though the outside clearly represented Korean culture, this stairway pretty much looked like a European design. Because of this stairway in the middle, the pottery and artworks were displayed along the rest of the building, in a donut-shaped space on each floor.

The last building I want to talk about is the Samsung Children’s Education and Culture Center. This was designed by Rem Koolhaas, and consists of two floors above ground level and three floors below ground level. I felt like this building looked very modern, but did not have a specific unique characteristic unlike the other two buildings. I think this was done on purpose so that this building would serve as a component that would put everything together. Since the other two buildings were so distinct and unique in design, unless the third would bring them all together, Leeum would not look like a single museum.

This was actually the inside of this building. It was interesting to see another building inside the building itself. This is the “black box”, and abstract art as well as multimedia art (videos, sculptures, abstract, etc.) were displayed in it.

Outside the building, there was a small garden with giant spider sculptures. I took a photo since it looked interesting.

As I headed home, I saw this sign that I haven’t been able to see when I entered this museum. If you look at it from sideways, there are three separate layers that represent each building that make up this museum. I think this was a brilliant idea! Also, after I read the pamphlet I realized that this museum is supposed to tie the past, present, and future together as represented by the separate parts. The contemporary art museum represented future with its futuristic design, the childrens’ education and culture center represented present with the common glass-finish, and the ancient art and pottery museum obviously represented the past.

It was very fun and interesting to visit this museum! I hope you all get a chance to visit it if you ever get to visit Korea, and especially if you are already living in Korea! 🙂 Entrance tickets are 10,000 KRW for adults and 6,000 KRW for students.

Visit its homepage for more information 🙂

http://leeum.samsungfoundation.org/eng/main.asp

Today I will be talking about modern architecture. Let’s start off with a video this time. Try to find out similarities among these different works, and try to see how they are “modern”. 🙂

Now do you get an idea of what modern architecture looks like? Just like how the name implies, the buildings definitely look modern. I thought of science and technology as I saw these buildings. Also, I 0bserved that a lot of glass were used.

Well, modern architecture is the simplified, unornamented building style of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Materials such as glass, steel, iron, and concrete were popular in building these buildings.

These designs were inspired by machine aesthetics. The form of the building was decided according to its functional purpose and the materials that made it up.

However, these buildings created a great environmental concern since glass walls required more energy to generate heat or cool air in the buildings. Nowadays, it is all about being “green” and eco-friendly. The trend of architecture always changes just like fashion.

Recently, I have been reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley in English class. I find that it is a very interesting book to read, and also has several connections to the world we live in today.

Basically, this “brave and new” world consists of a World State which has control over everyone. Everyone is incubated and born scientifically, not viviparously. The world state’s motto is “Community, Identity, Stability” (or did I mix up the order? :/) and in order to maintain stability in this society, the world state conditions individuals to behave and think a certain way.

There are five social classes: the Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons.

According to the World State, the best society is the one in which individuals are happy with their standard of life and are productive in working for the society. Feelings are bad to maintain stability, and history is therefore considered as worthless and useless junk.

The “conditioning” of individuals work this way: individuals are exposed to whispering voices that constantly tell them things such as loving one’s social class in their sleep. This is also known as hypnopaedia, which is educating one during one’s sleep.

I felt like this conditioning was similar to the media in our society today. The media keeps on brainwashing us that it is best to be skinny and rich and pretty. However, there are so much more things in life that are valuable other than looking attractive and being rich. Even though I am saying this, I am also one of those people who are conditioned. Even though I know there are many other meaningful things to life, I constantly am obsessed with looking nice, and earning money in the future.

I definitely thought the world described in Huxley’s novel was very similar to our world in many ways. We are definitely given the freedom to behave the way we want to behave and to think the way we want to think. However, following your heart fully seems to be a huge risk for many people so they are often reluctant in behaving outside the society’s norms, even if they think certain things are better.

So… are individuals in today’s society really that different from those in Brave New World?

During the Renaissance Period, many classical Greek and Roman ideas were revived. In addition, they used bricks and red commonly.

Renaissance architecture all began in Florence, Italy during the early 15th century. After the peak of popularity of Gothic Architecture, people started to pay attention to Italy’s architecture.

A very common feature of Renaissance Architecture is the dome. Almost all cathedrals that were built in this period had domes. Also, having paintings and decorations on the ceilings was a popular thing among cathedrals.

In France, Renaissance architecture had outer walls, towers, and domes that were usually in the building.

Famous Renaissance architects include Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Filippo Brunelleschi.

Below are some pictures of remaining Renaissance buildings and cathedrals around the world.

Watch this video for further detailed characteristics of Renaissance Architecture.

I decided to do a series of explanations of the history of architecture. Today, I will be focusing on Gothic architecture in particular.

Gothic Architecture can be found commonly in cathedrals, abbeys, and churches. The main distinguishing feature is the pointed arch. This style was also common in castles and universities of the 18th and 19th centuries.

The materials that made up these buildings depended on local availability of resources and accessibility. For example, limestone were very popular materials used in France, and bricks were popular in Italy.

Some people confuse Gothic architecture with Romanesque architecture. However, it is important to notice that Gothic architecture has more small openings that led more light into the building.

Below are some more pictures of Gothic Architecture.

Watch this video for an explanation of how to read a Gothic cathedral facade!

It is very interesting 🙂

For those of you who are new to architecture, I would like to show you a video of Architecture. This video below is only a couple minutes long, so it won’t take up too much of your time. Take a look!

So anyways… for today’s topic I would like you to take a look at what “Green Architecture” is.

Green Architecture involves designing buildings that are environmentally friendly and resource-efficient. These buildings are good for the human health as well because they are made with the purpose of being friendly to nature. (And human is part of nature! :))

Anyways, let’s take a look at a few “Green” architectural works through this video.

You will notice that there are many “green” involved in the buildings. Some have grass, and some may not have grass or “green” but may be made up of organic compounds that are not harmful to nature, or may have a resource-efficient system embedded into them.

I personally think “green architecture” is a very good idea to keep the earth healthy and most of all, to keep the humans healthy. I think we shouldn’t damage the Earth. We should protect it in order for it to give us benefits. promoting Green Architecture is taking one more step towards saving the earth, so I’m happy to talk about this. 🙂

I went to the bookstore a couple weeks ago, and found a very interesting magazine. I knew there were famous magazines related to architecture in the U.S., but I never knew I would be able to find ones in Korea! This magazine I found is actually the most famous architectural magazine in Korea, and it wasn’t that expensive so I went ahead and purchased it.

This is what the cover looks like, and yes, these are my own pictures!

Its name is “SPACE” and it’s shaped like a square unlike other normal magazines. This is just a personal interpretation but I think the purpose behind this unique design was to emphasize its title by using a square shape. In Korea, probably most of the people will draw a square when they are asked to draw a picture that represents the word “space”.

There were many interesting pictures of designs and buildings in this magazine. It even had floor plans of the buildings, so it helped me understand the structure and how the building came into its shape.

I think I will purchase this magazine again. I think it is definitely something to have if you are interested in architecture. 🙂

Neolithic Architecture began in the fifth millennium B.C.. As the early humans looked for temporary shelters outside their caves, the first form of architecture began. So then the first tents were invented.

Then, the round houses were built in 8000BC as the people sought for permanent houses to dwell in. These houses were made of bricks that were shaped from mud and baked in the sun. These round houses mostly had single rooms, but some even have three rooms. This shows that there may had been a social hierarchy among people. A picture of this structure in shown in the right.

In 6500 BC, rectangular houses were invented. And then later on in the Stong Age (5th – 2nd millennium BC) the first form of graves were invented. The size of graves depended on the social level of the person under it. The graves looked like two stones supporting one long stone at the opposite ends. The first picture of this post is an example. These came into the symbol of Neolithic Architecture.

I will continue this series of “History of Architecture” so that you can get a better understanding of how buildings ca me to be like what they are now. 🙂

As I began to read articles related to architecture, I found many words that I know but seem to have different meanings specifically for the architectural field. In this post, I will define the words and attach images that show the vocabulary visually so that you can get an idea of the professional words used for architecture.

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ARCADE - A row of archs and columns that cover the ground and create a walkway.

BEAM - A horizontal piece that is supported at both ends by columns (definition below).

BALCONY - A small area above ground level that sticks out of a building.

BAY WINDOW - A window that sticks out of the building.

BRACKET - A small piece of wood or stone that is used to support and hold up another part of the building.

CANTILEVER - A structure of the building that is supported by only one end.

COLUMN - A vertical structure that supports a beam (definition above).

CORNICE - The part that sticks out from the top of the building.

DOME - A roof shaped like a hemisphere that is seen as an arch in all angles

DORMER - A window sticking out of a roof that is used for providing more sunlight and air.

FACADE - The outer face, or side, of the building.

GABLE - The triangular-shaped end of the roof.

GAZEBO - An open outdoor area that is used as a place to relax.

KEYSTONE - The stone in the center of an arch.

LINTEL - The structure above a door or window that supports the weight of the wall above it.

ORNAMENT - Decorations on a building that do not have any structural purpose.

PEDIMENT - A gable (definition above) above a door or a window.

QUOLNS - A set of large stones that wrap around the corner of a building.

SILL - The structure under a door opening or window.


SKYLIGHT - A window in the roof that allows light to come into the house.


STOOP - A set of steps located in front of the front door of the building.

STRUCTURE - The parts of a building that support the building's weight, which is often called the building's "skeleton".