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Die Ruferin, The Caller, Othmar Schimkowitz, sculpture, Musenhaus, Muse House, Medaillonshaus, Otto Wagner, Wiener Moderne, Vienna Modernism, Vienna, Wien, Oesterreich, Austria,

Global Architectonics

Above/featured: Ruferin (caller) sculpture by Othmar Schimkowitz, roof and corner of Otto Wagner’s Musenhaus – Vienna, 18 May 2018 with 6D1 (more here).

Architectonics is a noun which represents “the scientific study of the art and practice of design and construction of buildings.” And by analogy with (plate-) tectonics, key figures and their subsequent creations have shaped architectural ideas and trends around the world. In the following locations, I’ve chosen specific buildings or structures over generic cityscapes.

  1. Austria: Innsbruck
  2. Austria: Vienna
  3. Canada: Burnaby
  4. Czech Republic: Prague
  5. Germany: Alfeld
  6. Germany: Dessau
  7. Germany: Hamburg
  8. Germany: Magdeburg
  9. Germany: Munich
  10. Germany: Rothenburg ob der Tauber
  11. New Zealand: Wellington
  12. USA: Grand Canyon
  13. USA: Seattle

Austria: Innsbruck

Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid created “the shell and shadow” design for the Hungerburgbahn mountain cable-car stations which began operation in 2017. The roofs of the stations resemble slow-moving tongues of ice and snow.

Hungerburgbahn, Löwenhaus station, Zaha Hadid, Innsbruck, Tirol, Tyrol, Oesterreich, Austria,

Löwenhaus station, Hungerburgbahn cable car – 10 May 2018 with 6D1 (more here).

Austria: Vienna

Architect Adolf Loos designed and constructed the building called the Loos House (Looshaus, 1909-1911) across from the imperial Hofburg. Known as “the house without eyebrows”, the building design with marble-clad exterior walls and lack of ornamentation around the exterior windows openly rejected past use of flowery decorative elements, shocked the public, and enraged Austrian emperor Franz Josef.

Looshaus, Adolf Loos, Wiener Moderne, Vienna Modernism, Vienna, Wien, Oesterreich, Austria,

Loos House – 20 May 2018 with X70 (more here).

Canada: Burnaby, BC

With the core of Simon Fraser University (SFU) campus built in 18 months, a central building by Arthur Erickson is the Academic Quadrangle which stands out proudly in simple geometric form, mirrored nicely in the adjacent Reflecting Pond.

Academic Quadrangle, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada,

“Alma mater” – 1 July 2013 with 450D (more here).

Czech Republic: Prague

For its smooth graceful form next to the Vltava River, the Dancing House (also known as “Fred and Ginger”) was unveiled in 1996 and considered a poor controversial fit with the Neo-Baroque, Neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau surroundings. The building is now a popular landmark with criticism effectively silenced or ignored.

Ginger and Fred, Fred and Ginger, Dancing House, Tančící dům, Prag, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic,

Dancing House at night – 6 November 2016 with 6D1 (more here).

Germany: Alfeld

The Fagus factory produced shoe lasts or moulds made originally with beech wood. Designed by Walter Gropius, the factory’s 1911 office building with its steel and glass construction is considered the first structure built in the “modernist” style. The building and site are inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site for its historical significance to architecture.

Fagus-Werk, Fagus Factory Building, Fagus, Walter Gropius, Karl Benscheidt, Alfeld, Lower Saxony, Niedersachsen, Germany, UNESCO, World Heritage, Bauhaus,

Fagus-Werk, 1911 steel and glass construction – 28 September 2017 with 6D1 (more here).

Germany: Dessau

After moving from Weimar to Dessau, a new headquarters building for the Bauhaus school was built with its clean straight lines in steel and glass. Walter Gropius designed the building with construction completed in 1926. The building is inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bauhaus celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019.

Bauhaus, Bauhaus Dessau, Dessau, Saxony-Anhalt, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany, UNESCO, World Heritage,

Bauhaus headquarters building – 28 October 2016 with 6D1 (more here).

Germany: Hamburg

In Hamburg’s Kontorhausviertel (Office District), the Chilehaus and the Sprinkenhof are examples of brick office structures representative of world trade and construction in the late 19th- and early 20th-century. Both Kontorhausviertel and the Speicherstadt (Warehouse District) have been inscribed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site since 2015.

Kontorhausviertel at night, Chilehaus, Sprinkenhof, UNESCO, World Heritage, Weltkulturerbe, Hamburg, Germany,

Kontorhausviertel at night – 3 December 2015 with 6D1 (more here).

Germany: Magdeburg

Completed in 2005, artist Friedensreic Hundertwasser’s Green Citadel is a pink curvy work of whimsy. He famously declared straight lines as “godless”, and called this final work “an oasis for humanity and nature in a sea of rational houses” before his death in 2000.

Gruene Zitadelle, Green Citadel, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany,

Green Citadel – 1 December 2015 with 6D1 (more here).

Germany: Munich

A place of remembrance “Erinnerungsort Olympia-Attentat München 1972” was inaugurated in 2017 in Munich’s Olympic Park, complete with information panels and a video display of news footage about the kidnapping and killing of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games.

Erinnerungsort Olympia-Attentat München 1972, Muenchen Olympiapark, Munich Olympic Park, Munich, Muenchen, 1972 Summer Olympics, Bavaria, Bayern, Germany,

Erinnerungsort Olympia-Attentat München 1972 – 2 June 2018 with X70 (more here).

Germany: Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Once belonging to the blacksmith George Gerlach, the Gerlachschmide is a triangular steepled half-timbered house reconstructed in the post-war period after destruction in the Second World War. The tower corresponds to the 14th-century Röder Gate at the city’s medieval wall.

Gerlachschmiede, Rödertor, Old Forge, Röder Gate, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Middle Franconia, Mittelfranken, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany,

Gerlachschmiede, Rödertor (Gerlach’s Old Forge, Röder Gate) – 12 November 2015 with 6D1 (more here).

New Zealand: Wellington

The New Zealand parliament is situated in the capital city of Wellington. The “Kaiwhakatere The Navigator” sculpture sits in front of the 1979 building for the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers. For its shape, the building of the Executive Wing is known affectionately as “The Beehive.”

National Parliament, Beehive, Kaiwhakatere The Navigator, Wellington, North Island, Te Ika a Maui, Aotearoa, New Zealand,

“The Beehive”, executive wing of New Zealand’s national parliament – 10 July 2012 with 450D (more here).

USA: Grand Canyon, AZ

Desert View Watchtower was designed and built by American architect Mary Colter for the Fred Harvey Company in 1932 as a viewpoint and rest area for visitors. She wanted the tower to acknowledge other similar towers in the American Southwest. The foundation connected the building with the cliffs, the colour and texture of the exterior rocks matched the terrain.

Desert View Watchtower, Mary Colter, Desert View, South Rim, Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ, USA,

Desert View Watchtower – 14 October 2018 with 6D1 (more here).

USA: Seattle, WA

Open to Amazon staff in 2018, these spheres are located at Amazon’s urban campus in downtown Seattle. Three intersecting glass and steel half-spheres contain a botanic garden to include exotic plants, waterfalls, and treehouses, and workspaces to encourage creativity and develop collaboration among employees.

The Spheres, Amazon Spheres, 6th and Lenora, Amazon, Denny Regrade, Denny Triangle, Seattle, Washington,

Glowing spheres – 10 December 2017 with 6D1 (more here).

I made all pictures above between 2012 and 2018 with the following: Canon EOS 450D (450D), Canon EOS 6D (6D1), and Fujifilm X70 (X70); alle Fotoaufnahmen sind mit Wasserzeichen versehen worden. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as

14 Responses to “Global Architectonics”

  1. Leya

    Love this post – great variety and spectacular architecture! I had never seen Hundertwasser’s Green Citadel – wonderful.

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    • fotoeins

      Thank you, Ann-Christine! I was glad to have visited Magdeburg to examine Martin Luther’s traces in the city, and finding about and seeing the Green Citadel was a great change of pace. The building and the space get both private and public use, and there’s as much greenery as the building can fit. Thank you for your stopping by!


  2. Amy

    What a remarkable architecture collection around the world. The night shot of Kontorhausviertel is really cool.
    Thank you so much for sharing with us! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • fotoeins

      Hi, Amy, and thanks! Since my first visit to Hamburg, I’ve always been enamored with both the Kontorhausviertel and the Speicherstadt, and it was with great personal satisfaction to find out UNESCO has recognized the historical significance. Thanks again for your comment!

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    • Amy

      Thank you for letting me know the recognition of UNESCO. Love to visit the place, will keep in mind.

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Tina, and thanks for your kind comment. It’s been my great fortune and privilege to have visited many places and seen a variety of architectural examples. You won’t be surprised to know I want to see much more 😊Thanks again for stopping by!

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  3. Tracers of human & geologic history (LAPC)

    […] I provide the following examples of tangible traces of past societies and signs of present-day activity. I tried here to avoid elements of or imprints by historic architectural or building styles which was presented here in a previous LAPC. […]



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