Archive for March, 2009

Paul Signac

Paul Signac is a French Neo-Impressionist painter who helped develop the pointillist style of painting along with Georges Seurat. He was also a writer, having published several books concerning the theory of art. He was considered largely as a self-taught artist, having no formal art training aside from studying the works of other masters such as Claude Monet.Early LifePaul Signac was born on November 11, 1863 in Paris, France. His father was Jules Signac, a prosperous businessman engaged in the…

Seattle Central Library

The Seattle Central Library is an 11-story glass and steel building located in downtown Seattle, Washington. The library’s striking and unique appearance makes it one of the more identifiable buildings in the Seattle area. Its architecture has made it quite popular that architectural tours on the building have started since 2006. Building HistoryThe site of the Seattle Central Library already have been the location of previous two libraries that have been constructed, extended and then rebuilt …

Henri Rousseau

Henri Rousseau was a French Post-Impressionist painter. He was a self-taught painter who started his craft late at 40 years old. He was also known as “Le Douanier”, or the customs inspector, after his employment background. He was not as accomplished as a painter during his lifetime as his paintings were widely criticized and ridiculed. It was only later on that his works were widely recognized as teeming with high artistic quality. BackgroundHenri Rousseau was born on May 21, 1844 in Laval, Fra…

Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower

The Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower is a 50-story educational institution located in Shinjuku, Tokyo in Japan. The building is considered as the second tallest educational building in the world after the Moscow State University. Its unique design and concept bagged for the building the Skyscraper of the Year Award for 2008 given by Emporis. General InformationThe Cocoon Tower is built right in the middle of Tokyo’s important business district. It stands 204 meter high, the design of which was chosen in…

Central Park

Central Park is one of the urban wonders of the world. A lot of East-siders probably do not have the time to wonder why it’s such a wonder, being to busy and fast-paced. Or if they do, it’s probably to wonder when Madonna will be jogging somewhere in Central Park, or “is that Yoko Ono walking down Strawberry Fields?” They probably do not wonder why Central Park fits so perfectly in a concrete jungle like Manhattan. And they probably have have no idea that Central Park is entirely man-made – all …

The Shanghai World Financial Center

The Shanghai World Financial is a mixed use skyscraper with an imposing presence over the Shanghai skyline. It is considered as the tallest building in Mainland China and, currently, the second tallest building in the world. This skyscraper stands 492 meters high composed of 101 floors. OriginsThe Shanghai World Financial Center was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, an international architectural design firm based in the US. The planned construction for the skyscraper was initially scheduled in 199…