Monthly Archives: May 2016

Mountain Home Architecture

Ok well in the spirit of keeping it simple and the inspiration from a Memorial Day trip into the hills, I thought it would be a nice refresher to review the most popular types of mountain homes we see.

  1. Victorian- This doesn’t need much explaining but is still very present throughout many mountain towns due to it’s stamp on the time period that pushed many settlers into the mountains in search or gold and silver. They are remnants of the 1850’s and are if they are still there they are usually in a premo location due to it’s age. Many of the Victorian’s in the resort type mountain towns have been restored and renovated to meet the current living standard.
  2. European Style Chalets- It goes without saying that many of the American ski towns modeled their villages and structures off of their more mature culture origin in Europe. This let to the Disneyland style look of many a ski town ie Vail.
  3. A-Frame- Classic, simple, sold design that was popular throughout the 50’s and 60’s due to it’s ease with construction. The A Frame will also stand the test of time and the harsh weight of deep winter snows.
  4. Geodesic Dome- Weird and very popular throughout the 60’s and 70’s for obvious reasons. You’d have to be stoned to think this is a good idea.
  5. Yurts- Versatile, easy to construct, easy to take down and move. Perfect for the outdoor adventurer. They are used frequently by skiers, hunters, hikers and outdoor travelers.
  6. Log Cabin- Far removed from it’s modest origins are the 3000+ square foot luxury log cabins that know litter the mountain landscape. Very popular since the 1990’s to present.
  7. Contemporary- With clean lines and inspiration from guys like Frank Loyd Wright to use glass, geometric shapes and concrete to create super cool chic looking homes. These most typically are built by the hip and happening uber wealthy sporting everything from indoor pools and spas to basketball courts and more.

Of coarse I have left some out and thats where you the smart and opinionated reader comes in. Let us know what you think.

Iconic Architecture

How about we start off with some of the most iconic architecture in the world? This is not an exhaustive list but a pretty good start.

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia located in Istanbul Turkey then Constantinople was built in 350 by Constantine then was burnt down and was rebuilt by Constantine’s son in 405, then the last and finally was built by Justinian in 532. The building was originally a Greek Othordox church and then when Sultan Mehmet II conquered Constantinople in 1453 he turned it into a mosque and has bee ever since. Varies sultan’s throughout the years have added onto the structure.

The Louvre

The Louvre located in Paris was built in the late 12th century by Phillip II. It is now one of the worlds largest museums and historic monument in France. It is reported that more than 9 million visitors were there in 2014.

The Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al Arab located in Dubai and was built in 1994 designed by Tom Wright and built by Atkins for Jemeriah Hotels. It was designed to look like a sail and is currently the second largest hotels in the world.

The Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House located in Sydney Australia was built in 1955 and was the design of Jorn Utzon the design contest winner. This is undeniably one of the most recognizable structures in the world.

The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building locate in New York City was built in 1930 by William F. Lamb. It took over four hundred days to build and was the worlds tallest building for a while. Interestingly it was nearly empty for 20 years due to the great depression and the world war II.

The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal located in Mumbai India built in 1633 by emperor Shah Jahan was a tomb built for his third wife whom died during the birth of their fourteenth child.

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower located in Paris France was built between 1881 and 1889 by Gustave Eiffel.

Big Ben

Big Ben located in London England was built in 1852 and was designed by Augustus Pugin.

The Colosseum

The Colosseum located in Rome Italy was built in 70 AD and was designed by emperor Vespasian. Interestingly the money to build this came from treasure seized in the Great Jewish Revolt .

The Giza Pyramids

The Giza Pyramids located just outside of Cairo Egypt built during the 4th and 5th Dynasty they are the oldest structure on this list and are one of the seven wonders of the world. These we build even before the use of the wheel which is pretty impressive. There must have been thousands of slaves that broke their backs day in and day out to create these incredible structures.

That all for now folks, stayed tuned for more cool architecture stuff.