The Great Pyramids : pyramid tomb monument, bearing masonry (cut stone), -2600 to -2480, El Giza, Egypt. <ul><li>Site Plan Drawing </li></ul>
Piazza of San Marco (Saint Mark’s): stone masonry, Italian Rennaisance (1400), Venezia (Venice), Italy * Three-sided enclosure the Piazza S. Marco proper, held the offices of the procurators.
Dome of the Rock (Islamic temple): Unknown Architect, bearing masonry, 684 AD, Jerusalem, Israel.
Casa Batllo (apartment building remodel): Antoni Gaudi, 1905 to 1907, concrete, Barcelona, Spain. <ul><li>Organic Architecture </li></ul>
Taj Mahal: Emperor Shah Jahan, Islamic tomb, bearing masonry, inlaid marble, 1630 to 1653 , India.
Haghia Sophia : Isidoros and Anthemios, at Istanbul, Turkey, 532 to 537, bearing masonry .
<ul><li>Interior of Haghia Sophia: A tremendous domed space. Relieving arches and arched collonades. </li></ul>FYI: Haghia Sophia has withstood earthquakes up to .7 on the rictor scale for thousands of years. Architectural genius using soft mortar and thin walls that were able to flex.
Taihe Dian : Unknown Architect, wood timber with tile roofs, 1627, Forbidden city, Bejing, China,
Bank of ChinaTower : (skyscraper, commercial office tower): I.M. Pei, steel frame, glass curtain wall, 1982 to 1990, Hong Kong, China.
Air Force Academy Chapel: Walter Netsch, SOM, Expressionist Modern, 1956 to 1962, Colorado Springs.
Centre Pompidou (modern art museum ): Rogers and Piano, high-tech steel and glass at Paris, France, 1972 to 1976. <ul><li>Massive structural expressionist cast exoskeleton, "exterior" escalators enclosed in transparent tube. </li></ul>
Fallingwater: Frank Lloyd Wright, reinforced concrete stone, Ohiopyle, (Bear Run), Pennsylvania, 1934, 1938, 1948. "...[Wright] sends out free-floating platforms audaciously over a small waterfall and anchors them in the natural rock. Something of the prairie house is here still; and we might also detect a grudging recognition of the International Style in the interlocking geometry of the planes and the flat, textureless surface of the main shelves. But the house is thoroughly fused with its site and, inside, the rough stone walls and the flagged floors are of an elemental ruggedness."
Sainte Chapelle: Louis IX, king of France, Rayonnant (French Gothic) 1246-48, Paris, France. FYI: “Windows are a divine feature, if utilized properly will take your breath away”. the Rayonnant reduced the masonry structure of the churches to a tenuous skeletal system supporting vast expanses of traceried glass The word Rayonnant itself refers to the radiating stone spokes of the enormous rose windows of the cathedrals.