What Is Your Favorite Kind of Architecture?

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all of the new buildings lack a certain quality. i dont know how to put it to be honest, but all of the new buildings seem to be "dead inside" like they have no soul.

I agree.
They lack character and a tangible sense that only comes with being hand-crafted by skilled artisans and laborers.
how do you add or post a picture that is simply on your computer and not a web site location???
I've always been fascinated with Cold War architecture. My wife hates the crazy hair up my ass that makes me want to buy a decommissioned communications bunker and turn it into a rural retreat.

Communications Bunkers

Seligman, AZ, (between Flagstaff & Kingman), 8 acres (more or less) of high desert land (5,000 ft. elevation) surrounded by mountains, off historic Route 66. This $4,000,000, 1960’s built bunker has 8,800 sq. ft. underground (2’ thick concrete walls & ceilings, 4’ of earth over, 16’ ceiling heights) plus a surface steel building garage/shop/office with 1800 sq ft. 10 ft. chain-link fence around structures. An 800ft. deep well pumps 8.5 g.p.m. with 10,000 gal. stainless steel underground water storage tank. Large diesel generator (low hrs.) in place. Heavy blast doors, decontamination shower, elaborate air filtration system, electric hoist, + escape hatch. Lots of original equipment in place and operational. The structures are clean & dry and presently inhabited. This is the best cold war bunker we have ever offered.

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Also, obligatory Cheyenne Mountain link: http://www.norad.mil/about/cmoc.html
Old classic architecture is best. "Modern" is tomorrow's tacky, and in many cases it's immediately tacky. Steel and glass and plastic can all just fuck off really.

I like medieval stuff, but also stuff that's not too old. I love going to a town where all the buildings are about 60 years old. It seems only very recent that we completely lost the plot. I'm sure it's got something to do with globalisation and outsourcing, using the cheapest shittest stuff and making it as easily and cheaply as possible.
Unfortunately much of australia is very modern so most of the urban areas are just horrendous. I like newcastle in new south wales, even though it's a bit dinghy and run down there's character in the old "general store" or "huberts miraculous dick ointment factory 1893 pty ltd" type engravings that sit over the tattoo parlours and trendy clothing stores.
Ofcourse the old architecture in places like france and germany is on another level and amazing.
We're definately going backwards, we should have a good hard look at this fact and see what we can do about it.
a sense of cultivation to it / a feeling of new, old, or both

"To the architects and builders of greater Miami,
Thank you for building another mind-numbing, stupid looking EYESORE. If you keep up at your present rate, you will be able to fill up the beach with them. Well done ! " -- Peter Lavetti, artist and photographer
Ive always like the Plaza Hotel in New York...now converted to condos.

Looks like an elegant French castle amid all that meaningless sterility.

London does an Ok job of juggling the old style with the new, the city especialy around the center has a variety of buildings from many time periods. Im used to seeing a castle and tree's in the middle of modern buildings, it's nice to have a visual break from all the grey, metal, glass and concrete slabs. here are some nice contrasts that I can think of in London.

This is the tower of London


There is also Tower bridge and the tower of london.


This is what's behind the old castle and bridge. that glass building is called the gherkin the penis of london.


Japanese Temples. 9 rooms 24x24 first floor, 4 rooms 24x24 second floor, 1 room 24x24 3rd floor, with a 72x72 basement. I could find no cheaper way to make a house considering 3 people could make 12' wall segments.

House size, 15,000+sq ft, Material cost, $240,000 USD.

Victorian manors that size cost in excess of $10,000,000 USD.

Thats because of the fancy work thats done.

BTW dream house, I wouldn't mind having a inside garden.

Not to mention the print for the house has no need for heat. Uses passive solar and the basement uses water tubes for light. Water bends light.
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