When you’re planning your next construction project, it helps to be inspired by looking at the great construction masterpieces….
“The higher the artist, the fewer the gestures. The fewer the tools, the greater the imagination.” – Ben Okri
That’s the phrase that comes to mind when you see a wonderfully constructed building. And whether the tools used were the pitched-brick vaults of Mesopotamia, the lime mortar and pulleys of the Greeks, or even the used lighting towers/generators of modern times…what captures our attention is the end result: a fantastic building.
To celebrate this fact, this article will look at 5 amazing construction masterpieces from around the world.
#1 One World Trade Center, New York – The One World Trade Center is the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. Initial construction began in April 2006, was completed five years later in 2013, making the One World Trade Center the fourth tallest skyscraper in the world. And standing at a symbolic 1,776 feet (commemorating the year of USA’s declaration of independence), this building stands proudly right next to New York’s beautiful memorial.
#2 Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy – Known around the world for its famous tilt, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most remarkable architectural structures in Europe. Begun in 1173, it took an outstanding 300 years to be completed. And alongside massive tourist interest, these is also substantial controversy over whether its architect was the artist Bonnano Pisano, or the architect Diotisalvi.
#3 The Shard, London – Begun in 2009 and completed in 2012, The Shard – aka ‘the shard of glass’ – is Western Europe’s tallest building, and the second tallest free standing structure in the UK. Designed by Renzo Piano – an Italian Pritzker prize-winning architect, and one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world – The Shard’s exterior boasts 11,000 glass panels…the equivalent of eight football pitches or two-and-a-half Trafalgar Squares.
#4 Colosseum, Rome – The Colosseum is considered around the world to be one of the greatest architectural feats achieved by the Ancient Romans. With construction beginning in 72AD and completing in 80AD, this 50,000-seater stadium is a magnet for thousands of tourists each year to Rome. In fact, the Colosseum is Rome’s most popular tourist destination, with multitudes of travellers visiting to behold the infamous battleground of the Gladiators.
#5 Taj Mahal, India – Built as a tomb for the wife of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj Mahal – aka ‘the jewel of Muslim art in India – is a truly remarkable construction masterpiece. With construction on the mausoleum beginning in 1632 and completing in 1648, the Taj Mahal is an amazing amalgamation of Persian, Turkish and Indian styles. So inspirational was its design that it took a further five years to finish the surrounding buildings and gardens to complement its appearance.
So regardless of the scope of your project – and even if you’re creatively deploying your budget by purchasing used lighting towers or generators – remember that the only limit isn’t the tools you use…but the imagination with which you use them.