Architecture with a Fun, Kid-Focused, Futuristic AtmosphereSo, I'm somewhat of an Architecture ophile (okay, I made that word up). I studied Architecture in college, back then futuristic architecture was an oxymoron of sorts. It meant buildings designed in the past to look futuristic, generally the architecture of the 1920's-1930's Art Moderne later termed the Art Deco style- think the Chrysler Building in New York City. We've come a long way, baby.
|Futuristic Architecture Story Lesson for Kids.|
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What is the tallest building in the United States? Scroll down to find out. This is a great Homeschool Architecture Lesson.
|Chrysler Building, New York City. Public domain photo from Wikipedia.|
|Futuristic Reading Nook for Kids by Sako Architects.|
|Interior of the Swan Hotel, upscale (more for adults).|
Public domain photo from Wikimedia.
One of the favorite buildings I ever saw up close was designed by Michael Graves. The Humana building in downtown Lousiville, Kentucky is known to locals as the Milk Carton. Below, you can see why.
|Swan Hotel, Walt Disney World designed by Michael Graves.|
|Humana Building, Louisville, Kentucky designed by Michael Graves.|
Public Domain Photo from Wikipedia.
|The Dolphin Hotel in Florida. Photo from Wikipedia in public domain.|
I stayed in the Dolphin hotel in 1992. Graves designed everything down to the disposable plastic cups which I still have in my curio cabinet today.
|Michael Graves, NCAA Hall of Champions in Indianapolis, Indiana. |
Public Domain photo from Wikipedia.
I guess, I'm kind of lucky to live in Indiana- near Columbus and also Chicago.
Hey, Architecture, remember Chicago? Yep, the old home of the famous Sears Tower (Now the Willis Tower). Completed in 1973, the one-hundred and eight story building was known as the tallest building in the world beating out the former title holder, the Twin Towers in New York City.
Huh. I just realized I was also lucky enough to tour all of these buildings. And, you were all like- you aren't really an Architecture-o-phile you're just a Mommy blogger. :) Funny, because it took me by surprise too. These Mommy days sure wear on a person, making you think you are only good for cooking, cleaning, and hugging.
So, the Sears or Willis Tower is still the tallest building in the United States, but it is only the seventh (or ninth, depending how you count them) tallest building in the world and no; I haven't visited any of those buildings... yet.
Click here for a ranking of the Tallest Building in the World per Wikipedia. Although it is always changing, it looks like the city of Dubai has it locked for now.
What does the future of FUTURISTIC ARCHITECTURE have in store for us? How tall will they go? To the moon and beyond? I'd go there.
I'm just kidding. The World Trade Center (Twin Towers), the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the Sears Tower (Willis Tower, today) were more than tall enough for me. I have NO desire to visit the others. In fact, after waiting in line to squeeze into the tiny elevator of the Sears Tower, I've had major claustrophobia and a tiny bit of Acrophobia. I can still feel the breathtaking view from the Empire State Building.
Wanna come look over the edge? No thanks, I'm good let me just climb back into this tiny, killing contraption and get my feet on solid ground.
Futuristic Field Trip for Kids
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