Archive for November, 2009

Esplanade Theatres on The Bay

The Esplanade- Theatres on the Bay is a waterside building complex located alongside Marina Bay near the mouth of the Singapore River. It occupies around six hectares of waterfront land and was built to be a venue for the performing arts in the island nation of Singapore. It is distinctly recognizable by its shape usually compared to durian, a tropical fruit that is popular all over Asia.Esplanade HistoryThe idea for a center for the performing arts in Singapore has been widely discussed for ye…

A Look at Gargoyles

A gargoyle is essentially an architectural design element used in various early buildings, especially those built in Medieval France. It is usually composed of a carved stone designed in a grotesque manner and designed with a spout to draw water flowing from a roof away from the sides of a building. Therefore, a gargoyle has both aesthetic and practical use as part of a building’s architecture. Gargoyle Origins The use of gargoyles actually has a long history that stretches down to the time of t…

San Sebastian Church

The San Sebastian Church is a Roman Catholic church located in Manila, Philippines. Also known as Basilica Minore de San Sebastian, it is the seat of the Parish of San Sebastian as well as the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Aside from that, it is also known for its unique architectural features. San Sebastian Church HistoryThe San Sebastian Church that exists today is actually not the original church that stands on the site. There was previously a church that stood on the same site d…

Jubilee Church

Jubilee Church is a church as well as a community center located in Tor Tre Teste in Rome. It was formerly known as the Dio Padre Misericordioso. This church was established in order to revive the social interest in Tor Tre Teste and therefore, had to be quite unique in terms of architectural designs. The Jubilee Church does indeed achieve that purpose since it can be quite a visual spectacle when viewed by its visitors. Building FeaturesThe Jubilee Church was designed by Richard Meier, who won …