PTW Architects-The Bondi

Located on the Bondi beachfront in Sydney Australia, PTW Architects converted an out-dated motel into a modern apartment complex. In order to keep up with the competition in a busy area like Bondi Beach, this apartment complex has mimicked 1930’s architecture while also implementing modern day components to increase efficiency. This is an expensive apartment complex due to its location and architectural sophistication. The lower levels of the Bondi are unique in that they contain bay-front curved windows which enclose retail stores, restaurants, conference centers, etc. The tower portion of the structure is made up of several luxurious three bedroom apartments overlooking the ocean. I have never been to Sydney, Australia (let alone Australia), however, if I am ever presented with the option I will want to visit the entertainment filled are of Bondi. This seems like a very fun, entertainment packed, beach area with impressive architecture. At night, the apartment complex is illuminated by light making it really stand out among the surrounding buildings. There is high quality furniture inside the complex.

Sharrin Rees E: T: +61 2  9360 3070 6a Liverpool St Paddington NSW 2021 Australia

BondiBeach (inside)

Saint Louis City Museum

The City Museum in St Louis  has some of the most quirky, amazing, fun architecture I’ve ever seen. Its really hard to explain, but its amazing. It doesn’t exactly hold the pieces ordinary museums would; it’s more of an architectural wonderland. The City Museum was founded by  artist  Bob Cassilly and was once the sight of the  International Shoe Company factory and warehouse. The building was built sometime around 1930, but after the company moved the building stood vacant until Cassilly bought it in 1983. The museum opened in 1997.

The museum is 600,000 sq ft of urban playground spanning 10 stories and the roof. Located in the museum are two 10 story slides, a cave system, an aquarium, ball pits, a school bus, two airplanes, a shoelace factory, a circus area, and a (working) ferris wheel on the roof. Most pieces of the building are either local and recycled.

If you haven’t been here, then I seriously suggest it. Its fun and you dont have to be a kid to play on this playground.

the roof
the roof
staircases and slides
on the ceiling is fiber glass from recycled airplanes
on the ceiling is fiber glass from recycled airplanes
part of the outside area
part of the outside area


Sam Noble Museum – OU

The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is located on campus by Traditions East and the College of Law. The current location of the museum opened its doors in 1999 after being moved around campus for 100 years. It has 50,000 sq ft of exhibit space with 5 galleries and exhibits on the first two floors. The other 2 floors and extra spaces hold offices and rooms for collections and research.

I first went to the museum when I moved to Norman, and then I started volunteering there last year. During one of my first visits, a professor who works there told me that the roof of the museum was supposed to look like a treasure chest, showing the treasures it holds. I don’t know if that’s true, but I like to think so.


Philbrook Gardens

I grew up in the Tulsa area, and one of my favorite places in town is the Philbrook Museum of Art. The original structure was the home of oil tycoon Waite Phillips of the Phillips Petro Company. It was designed in 1926 by Edward Delk to resemble an Italian Renaissance villa. It has 72 rooms and 23 acres of land.Phillips donated his home to Tulsa, and it became an art museum in 1939.

The building is spectacular, and it holds art from all over the world, but its definitely known for its gardens. The gardens are inspired by the Villa Lante north of Rome designed in 1566.  Italian Renaissance gardens are inspired by classical ideals of beauty and order. They are very symmetrical and contain fountains and statues and other things to amuse and impress people.

The museum is free to visit the second Saturday every month. And if you’re lucky enough, you might get to see one of the Philbrook garden cats.


Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (Mini Replica)

I am a huge Harry Potter nerd; I grew up reading the books and watching all the movies over and over again. So, on my families trip to London this past spring I convinced my mom to take us to the Warner Brothers Studio where they actually filmed Harry Potter. It has a bunch of props, sets, and costumes, but my favorite part of the whole tour was the Hogwarts replica. It’s the last thing on the tour, and it is magnificent. It’s a 1:24 scale model of what Hogwarts would look like, and it was used to film the views of the school in the movie. The Art Department of the series led by Stuart Craig and with the help of sculptors, painters, and crew members helped hand make every detail of the castle.

Even though Hogwarts a real place, I think this can count as architecture. The architecture of the place is so cool. Its a really cool castle – with magic. This fictional place can have architecture that defies gravity or moves around.

Hogwarts clock tower
Hogwarts clock tower
with Herbology greenhouses
with Herbology greenhouses
me in front of the castle (to show scale)
me in front of the castle (to show scale)
the tower with Dumbledore's office attached
the tower with Dumbledore’s office attached

The Baltimore Basilica


The basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is also called the Baltimore Basilica. It was the first Roman Catholic cathedral built in the United States. The Baltimore Basilica is considered the masterpiece of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the “Father of American Architecture”. It was built from 1806 to 1821 to the design of Latrobe. The cathedral is a monument neoclassical-style building. The main façade is a Greek portico with Ionic columns arranged in double hexa-style pattern and a pair of cylindrical tower behind. The cathedral’s dome was created a solid and classically detailed masonry hemisphere. The building’s interior is combined by a massive dome. Surrounding the main dome is a sophisticated system of barrel vaults and shallow. The light-filled interior designed by Latrobe was in contrast to the dark in which were cavernous recesses of traditional Gothic cathedrals.



Latrobe Gate

Latrobe Gate was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe in 1804 and completed in 1881. It was one of the first structures built at the Washington Navy Yard. Latrobe Gate is a Flemish-bond brick structure painted white. It has a double gateway with north and south facades connected by a double colonnade and covered by hipped roof. The north facade contains two Greek Doric columns and two flanking pylon across the top. The sculpture was carved by Giuseppi Franzoni of Pisa, Italy and mounted on the gates. The southern façade was a single semi-circular arch which was buttressed by two flanking pylons pierced. Latrobe Gate was basically Italian motifs. It is also an example of Greek Revival architecture in the United States in nineteenth century.

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Ordos Art & City Museum- Felipe Escudero

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As a number of MAD Architects, Felipe Escudero has designed the Ordos Art & City museum at 2011. This  amorphous building generated from the empty desert and seems like it has landed on the earth long time ago. the architects want to show the combination between contemporary and local culture. Gold streamline structure perfectly merge nature into one organic whole. The structure is wrapped in polished metal louvers so it makes inside more bright by natural light.  With the government decided to located  the museum as the new city center of Ordos, the space itself is deeply rooted into the local culture nowadays. The most important element for rich cities like Ordos is to build culture.


PTW Architects-One Long Plaza

This plaza located in Dalian China (a city located on a peninsula just north of North Korea) is a modern day plaza that brings together retail stores and a supermarket. This large structure is in the center of a populous city, making it a very popular place for inhabitants to efficiently use. Because the One Long plaza includes such a diverse group of businesses, people can efficiently do their shopping in one building, which is a genius idea. Another cool feature about the outside of plaza is the use of green roofing, which can be seen in the photo below.


The inside of this building looks like an extremely modern american mall. With building located along major “hallways”, the building is illuminated by natural light because of all the windows it possesses. Escalators and elevators really bring out the modern aspect of the plaza.

onelong plaza (inside)

PTW Architects–Watercube National Swimming Centre

Beijing China hosted the 2008 Olympics in which the Watercube was the location of the water events. The reason I chose to write about this building is because of how the exterior of the building truly reflects the purpose of the building. It is an extremely modern looking structure, from the inside and out. The exterior of the building is comprised of “bubble” looking hemispheres. When illuminated at night, the building screams aquatics. watercube


Located in one of the most densely populated cities in the world, this building is a great attraction that anyone with opportunity to visit Beijing, China should visit if possible. I can only imagine the architecture of this building was one of many deciding factors leading to the decision of Beijing being the host of the 2008 Olympics. This is a prime example of how architecture influences different types of processes.