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The next building I want to focus on is a quaint little contemporary art museum in Munich, Germany. The building was designed by the partnered firm Herzog and de Meuron  and completed in 1992. It has a flat roof as well as being composed primarily of windows. This allows for great admittance of natural light. The design has multiple large rooms with tall ceilings which is ideal for hosting art pieces. The exterior has two panels of glass with a solid white panel to separate, providing a rather modern feel. The building has two floors, the first floor for the art and the second for films. The  white paneling on the the exterior of the building makes it appear like a zombie bunker and I like that you can see the cool staircase inside the building from the outside through the glass.

Forbidden City

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Kaitlin McMahan- Post 1

The first time I went outside of the country was a study abroad trip to China. During that trip, the place that stood out to me the most was Tiananmen Square because there new and old building stand side by side. The Palace Museum that holds the Forbidden City and symbolizes Imperial China resides right next to the Great Hall of the People that houses the current government.

Forbidden City

The Forbidden City was built during the Ming Dynasty and housed the Emperor, his family, and all of his important advisers from 1420 to 1912. It is built in traditional Chinese palatial architecture and was designed to sit right in the center of China’s capital, Beijing. The whole thing is symmetrical with all of the military advisers’ offices one side, all of the civil advisers’ offices on the other, and the Emperor and his family in the middle totaling 980 buildings all together. And yes if you are wondering that haze in the picture is smog.

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The thing I love most about old Chinese Imperial buildings is their extreme attention to detail and patterns. The ceiling above is made entirely out of hand carved wood and is meticulously painted in repeating patterns. Also, almost everything has meaning: the statuettes on the rooftops tell the rank of the building; the arrangements of buildings in threes represents heaven; the yellow coloring represents the emperor. I just found it amazing how much thought was put into every design choice and the striking effect it has as a whole.