Qutub Minar | Delhi, IndiaQutub-Minar in red and buff standstone is the highest tower in India. It has a diameter of 14.32m at the base and about 2.75m on the top with a height of 72.5m.
Qutb-u’d-Din Aibak laid the foundation of Qutab Minar in AD 1199. The minar was said to have been built to celebrate the victory of Mohammed Ghori, the invader from Afghanistan, over the Rajputs in 1192. He raised the first storey, to which were added three more storeys by his successor and son-in-law, Shamsu’d-Din IItutmish (AD 1211-36). All the storeys are surrounded by a projected balcony encircling the Minar and supported by stone brackets, which are decorated with honeycomb design, more conspicuously in the first storey.
Numerous inscriptions in Arabic and Nagari characters in different places of the Minar reveal the history of Qutb. According to the inscriptions on its surface it was repaired by Firoz Shah Tughlaq (AD 1351-88) and Sikandar Lodi (AD 1489-1517).
Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, to the northeast of Minar was built by Qutbu’d-Din Aibak in AD 1198. It is the earliest mosque built by the Delhi Sultans. It consists of a rectangular courtyard enclosed by cloisters, erected with the carved columns and architectural members of 27 Hindu and Jain temples, which were demolished by Qutbu’d-Din Aibak as recorded in his inscription on the main eastern entrance.
Later, a lofty arched screen was erected and the mosque was enlarged, by Shamsu’d- Din IItutmish (AD 1210-35) and Alau’d-Din Khalji. The Iron Pillar in the courtyard bears an inscription in Sanskrit in Brahmi script of 4th century AD, according to which the pillar was set up as a Vishnudhvaja (standard of Lord Vishnu) on the hill known as Vishnupada in memory of a mighty king named Chandra. A deep socket on the top of the ornate capital indicates that probably an image of Garuda was fixed into it.
La Muralla Roja Ricardo Bofill
Within the context of the La Manzanera complex and the combination of cubes in space, the building known as La Muralla Roja asks to be considered as a case apart. On the one hand, it embodies a clear reference to the popular architectures of the Arab Mediterranean, in particular to the adobe towers of North Africa, and to a reinterpretation of the Mediterranean tradition of the casbah. At the same time, the labyrinth of this recreated casbah corresponds to a precise geometric plan based on the typology of the Greek cross with arms 5 m (16’) long, these being grouped in different ways, with the service towers (kitchens and bathrooms) at their point of intersection. The geometric basis of the layout represents an approximation to the theories of constructivism, and makes La Muralla Roja a very clear evocation of these. The use of various different tones of paint provides a wealth of different views of the building.
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I got many reblogs from “House of Mei and Satsuki”
So, I will explain it. This is the house that was made after the movie. It’s like a museum, and the every detail is pretty much the same which is cool. (Even that wobbly post!)
This is in Nagakute, Aichi prefecture in Japan. (Aichi’s capital city is Nagoya, so this place is close to Nagoya.)
If you are the biggest fan of Totoro, maybe you should visit. ^^
London designers Softkill are still lamenting 3D printing’s status as a “specialized, one-off luxury, rich man’s thing,” according to the Architect’s Newspaper, but believe in the promise its super-efficient ways have for the world of building. Enter Protohouse, a 1/3 scale model of a an actual home — albeit a scary, cocoon-like dwelling where slimey aliens are likely to emerge from the walls. Using laser sintering, the 3-D printing method that laterally solidifies an object out of resin, layer by layer, they debuted the model last month at London’s 3D Printshow (the slogan of which reads: “The internet changed the world in the 1990’s. The world is about to change again.”)
The foyer in a house built over a creek, in Wyoming. Built from reclaimed wood, a concept developed by artist Debbie Petersen and her late husband. The home’s geo-thermal cooling system uses a pump to channel ground water through conduits under the house, which doesn’t just save energy - it also creates the innovative glass-covered indoor stream.
EDDI’s House by Edward Suzuki Associates