All posts by Bryan Barrios

Alvar Aalto – Otaniemi Water Tower

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Now I know this is a weird “building” but I thought it was so cool. This water tower was designed by Alvar Aalto and it’s something so different than the regular water tower. It was finished in 1971 but it took a short amount of time for Aalto to design this water tower. It’s located in Espoo, Finland. The buildings and homes around this water tower are very expensive so from what I can see is that they didn’t want this water tower to be just any water tower. It’s also a fairly large water tower compared to others in the world. People believe it holds about 7 figures gallons worth of water. Seems like a lot to me but that’s insane! This water tower is very interesting and I love the way it looks compared to the other water towers we have around us in the US. We should definitely build more like this in my opinion.

Alvar Aalto – KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg

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Alvar Aalto did some awesome things with this museum and really showed his experience in the design world. It was completed in 1972 after a few delays. The location of this beautiful museum is Aalborg, Denmark. All of the art placed inside this building is beautiful and Aalto wanted it that way. It’s like he wanted the building itself to be the main attraction and then the art to compliment it. The ins and outs of this building go on and on but as you can see in the picture, it’s breathtaking for sure. Aalto wanted everything to be very well lit with natural light and so that’s what he did. Hardly any ‘man-made’ lights are in this building. It also took Aalto a while to design this museum but everyone thinks it was worth the wait and I agree.

Alvar Aalto – Aalto Hochhaus

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Here is the Aalto Hochhaus building designed by Alvar Aalto! It’s a 22-floor apartment building with a unique design and layout. It’s located in Bremen, Germany. Most of Aalto’s is down in Germany anyways. This apartment building was built and finished in 1962. The building itself is about 200 feet tall and that’s pretty tall considering its in Germany and an apartment complex. The shape of this building is very unusual but very attractive at the same time. You can definitely tell that this building is one of Alvar Aalto’s work of art.

Alvar Aalto – Aalto Theater

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The Aalto Theater was designed by Alvar Aalto himself. It was in built and opened in 1988. It’s located in Essen, Germany. It’s main use is for ballet and opera performances but it’s not limited to just that. It has many great uses and the overall design is just beautiful. Alvar Aalto wanted this building to be unique and special in its own way. We all think he really accomplished that too. It was awarded ‘Best Opera House’ in 2008 and there are so many other accolades that come with this building also. One unique aspect of this opera house is the blue colored seats. No other place is like this and it’s astonishing what Aalto did. No other performing arts building is like this one here. Alvar Aalto surely surpassed his expectations with this one!


US Bank Tower – Los Angeles, California

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Now this building here (tallest one in the middle) is the US Bank Tower and I’ve actually never been inside or even seen it in person but yet it has a lot of influence on me. It has A LOT of meaning to me though. It might sound cheesy but this tower reflects and represents my dreams. My dream is to live in downtown LA one day and to say “I made it”. Whenever I see this building and all it’s glory, it really motivates me and drives me to do everything I need to do to make it there one day. I’m actually going to LA this summer and will be interning in downtown LA so it’s one-step closer to my dreams and it’s unbelievable. I really want to go take a tour or just go walk around this building one day to finally see it in real-life, instead of the many pictures I’ve seen on Google. It’s crazy to have a building represent or motivate you so much and you’ve actually never even been there before. It’s currently the tallest building in California and the 14th tallest building in the states. The many windows and the way the sun shines off this building really makes my jaw drop and realize all the possibilities we have as humans to create and construct beautiful buildings/structures like this one here.

Camino Real Hotel – El Paso, Texas

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This building probably doesn’t have any meaning to anyone else but it does for me. I was in the 5th grade when I first moved to El Paso, Texas. (I was not happy about the move btw.) Everyday my Dad and I had to make a drive across town to the school we were both at. I remember sitting in the car and driving through downtown El Paso and seeing this very building here. It’s one of the tallest buildings in our downtown and it stuck out like a sore thumb. It’s a very, very old building but it has a lot of history. Now I’ve actually only been inside this building once…it’s beautiful inside and they’re actually remodeling it right now. Anyways, this building has a HUGE impact on me and the way I view/remember the move to El Paso. Now whenever I think of El Paso, I think of the tall Camino Real Hotel and all it’s beauty. Now the people working there or anyone who built don’t even know the impact this building has had on me but I will never forget it. The experience I can think back to now about El Paso and the many buildings will always be the Camino Real Hotel and the many, many times I stared at that building as I flew by on the highway. Buildings/structures can have huge influences/impacts on our lives and this one right here has an impact on mine.

Oklahoma’s Bizzell Memorial Library – Norman, Oklahoma

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I remember the day I first came to Norman and toured OU’s campus. All of the buildings were beautiful and I loved the architecture throughout the campus….but one building really stuck out to me and made really fall in love with the campus. It was the Bizzell Memorial Library. When you first walk up to the front of the building (like the picture above) and see all the detail, it’s really breathtaking. I’ll probably never forget that first experience with this building and the way it formed this view of “OU” to me. I still love to go into the “quietest room on campus” in this library and really soak it all up. In my opinion, it’s the best building we have on this campus and it’s really shape every single of the student’s here at OU in some way or another. “The Biz” will forever shape OU and what it stands for.

AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas

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AT&T Stadium is stunning for a sports facility and no one had really seen anything like it until it was built. I remember when I went to this stadium for the first time ever…I was in aww for the entire game and a building has never really made me feel this way until I had seen the inside of this one. It’s a work of art, that’s for sure. ┬áIt really had a positive impact on me and the way I viewed buildings, stadiums, etc. I didn’t know any of this was really possible until I had actually seen it for my own eyes. If you love sports and have never been, you HAVE to go see this place. It’s beautiful in every way. I will be back for many more games and experiences inside this stadium because there’s nothing like it. I really started to think and imagine all the different meanings this stadium has all different kinds of people. Structures like this are unimaginable and for it to come to real life, it’s amazing.