architectural sites


Eram Garden (Bagh-e Eram) - Shiraz, Iran

A historic & traditional Persian garden, it dates back to the 18th century. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


The Magnificent Himeji Castle by Rekishi no Tabi
Via Flickr:
Himeji Castle’s history began when Akamatsu Sadanori, a supporter of Shogun Ashikaga Takauji , was named military governor of the province of Harima (present-day Hyogo Prefecture) and built a hilltop fortification in 1346 where the castle stands today. After Oda Nobunaga’s forces seized control of the province during the sengoku warring states period, one of his top generals, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, started work on a three storied castle, which soon got a major makeover when Ikeda Terumasa was awarded control over the area following the battle of Sekigahara in 1600. Ikeda was a master castle builder and reconstructed the compound into what we see today, constructing the five-storied keep and the walls and structures surrounding the three moats. Honda Tadamasa became lord of the area in 1617 and a year later built the west bailey. The main keep, including the stone foundation, is 46.3m tall and weighs approximately 5,700 tons. 8 of the buildings, including the main keep, are National Treasures and 74 other structures are listed as Important Cultural Properties. Miraculously, Himeji-jō never fell victim to the flames of war or natural disaster and is one of Japan’s 12 original surviving castles. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. The castle underwent major restoration work in 1956 through 1964. However, in order to keep this architectural treasure in pristine condition, a more thorough restoration of the main keep started in October 2009 and it will reopen in March 2015.

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Chiharu Shiota 塩田千春 (Japanese, b. 1972, Osaka Prefecture, Japan, based Berlin, Germany) - 1: Storage Room, 2009, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa The Room Of 5  2,3: His Chair, 2008 (MART-Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Trento/Rovereto)  4,5: A Room of Memory, 2009 (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa)  6,7: His Chair, 2005 (ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus)  8: From - Into, 2004 (International Biennal of Contemporary Art of Seville)

Die Würzburg Residenz with the Court Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The former residence of the Würzburg prince-bishops is one of the most important baroque palaces in Europe, said to rival Verseilles. It was badly damaged at the end of WW2 and has been carefully restored since. The gardens and many rooms are open to the public. More.

Part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, Cité Radieuse in Marseille, France. Designed in the 1950s, now the home to the rooftop art space MAMO - featuring a trio of graphic murals by Swiss artist Felice Varini -  photography by André Morin for AD October 2016


house front - James A Garfield National Historic Site by Tim Evanson