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Tung-Men Holiness Church in Tainan 

This project by Mayo architects+ originates from a vision that the pastor has received from God: Tainan Tung-Men Holiness Church (TMHC) symbolizes an eagle as a biblical metaphor, and it is like an airport, serving as a boarding gate for non-believers to enter into God’s kingdom. The site of the new church is surrounded by secular residential buildings. Responding to this contextual city fabric as well as the pastor’s vision, the lower floors of the church building are used as socializing spaces such as coffee shop and family-friendly book store, inviting the community in and knitting the church closely with the life of the neighborhood.

The church is mainly composed of cool architectural concrete but balanced with warm wood and copper colors used for curved sanctuary ceiling, oak staircase and feather-like metal screens on the main facade. The aluminum perforated screens or “feathers” on the church exterior pay homage to the eagle metaphor, connecting this contemporary architecture to the members of the church on the emotional level. The orientation of every feather is calculated by the Fibonacci sequence and it is varied by increments of two degrees from feather to feather. Thus, the main church façade appears to be soft, transparent and flowing. Looking out from inside, the feathers form a sheer fabric that presents the secular world outside in a different light.

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Mausoleum of Lucius Emilio Lupus

Fabara, Spain

2nd century CE

6.85 by 5.94 metres

It is a rectangular building, coated with sandstone, without mortar; the blocks are locked with metal parts. Is perfectly oriented along the cardinal points, with the main facade and entrance from east. Is a temple of classical type, the type known as prostyle, i.e. the facade consists of four columns: two between the side walls, and two attached to them. The blank walls are decorated with pilasters, two in the rear corners and two more in the middle of the side walls. On the walls and columns of the facade, of Tuscan order, stood the entablature decorated outside. This entablature had in its front an inscription, now lost, made of bronze letters nailed. Of these disappeared letters have remained only the signs of its existence in the stone. On the sides and rear, are reliefs with floral motifs and garlands. Above the entablature are placed two pediments, one at the front, badly damaged, but still retains the inscription, thanks to that has been identified in the building. The second pediment, in the back, is smooth and better preserved. Between the columns and the front gate, is the pronao. The interior cell is covered with a barrel vault. A stairs give access to the fourth burial beneath the building and also covered with a barrel vault. In the pediment is the inscription that can be easily read yet:


 It is assumed that between the A and M would be required to place an E. Above there traces of have contained nailed metal letters, easily a D and a M. As full registration might have been:


 That could translate: «To the manes gods of Lucio Emilio Lupo», a character until now unknown.


Church of Santiago Apóstol, Pomata, Chucuito Province, Puno Region, Peru. Part 3: The main facade (c. 1794). 

Facing a narrow street leading to the town´s  square, the main facade of the church of Santiago at Pomata is more austere than the lavish lateral portal, but in no way less impressive. It was the last part of the church to be built and it consists of a portal within a projecting arch flanked by two huge tower bases. This particular arrangement, in which the portal is placed inside a deep projecting arch is rather common in Puno Region, and it is present in the churches at Lampa, Zepita, Vilque, Juliaca, among others. The portal is a large structure, three stories high - with a smaller fourth story- , with three bays framed by twelve columns, four on each story. These columns are different from those in the lateral portal, having a straight shaft carved in planiforme or mestizo style depicting a human figure holding vines entwined with flowers and leaves. The capitals seem to be highly stylized versions of the Corinthian order, consisting of two pairs of volutes in the first story and two rows of vertical leaves in the second and third stories. The entablatures, reduced to just a cornice, are also entirely carved with planiforme motives. The huge choir window, deeply splayed, occupies the second and third stories while shallow niches fill the rest of the spaces between the columns. The portal fits rather awkwardly within the projecting arch, with the outside columns of the third story not supporting its corresponding entablature.

Two huge tower bases flank the projecting arch that houses the portal. Of these, only the right base holds a belfry, while in the other an inscription states that it was built in 1794 (Quiroga año 1794). Over the base of the right tower two superimposed stories support the large belfry, composed of two arched openings on each of its four sides -an arrangement that resembles that of Cusco Cathedral - topped by a small dome over a cornice, surrounded by four pinnacles.


  1. General view of the main facade.
  2. Main portal of the church.
  3. Main portal of the church.
  4. Inscription on the left tower.
  5. Detail of the projecting arch.
  6. Detail of the first story of the portal.
  7. Detail of the first story of the portal.
  8. Upper stories of the portal.
  9. Portal and right tower.
  10. View of the right tower.

All photos by Juan P. El Sous (2017).

Vista de la fachada principal, Casa en Lomas de Chapultepec, Sierra Paracaima 730, Lomas de Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo, Ciuada de México 1949

Arq. Manuel Rosen Morrison

Foto. Luis Limón

View of the main facade, House in Lomas de Chapultepec, Paracaima Sierra 730, Lomas de Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City 1949


The Tbilisi Public Service Hall

The Tbilisi Public Service Hall is situated in the central area of the city and it overlooks the Kura river.

The building is made up of 7 volumes that contain offices (each volume is made up of 4 floors located on different levels). These volumes are placed around a “central public square”, which is the core of the project,  where there is the front office services. Offices are connected to each other by internal footbridges that stretches on different levels.

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Vista de la fachada principal, Casa de Lomas de Barrilaco, Cofre de Perote 119, Lomas de Chapuletpec, Miguel Hidalgo, Ciudad de México 1952 (destruido)

Arq. Antonio Pastrana

View of the main facade, House in Lomas de Barrilaco, Cofre de Perote 119, Lomas de Chapuletpec, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico CIty 1952 (destroyed)


House for a Dentist by Shigeru Ban

I’m crying tears with this house. The contrast between the introversion of one of the sides of its main facade and the extraversion of the other side, with that void and staricase that are so inviting… And that ivy wall which probably creates the cutest silhouttes. Why isn’t this my house lol. 

Detalle de la fachada principal de la zona de estacionamiento, Casa Flores, av. Central 85, (hoy Gutiérrez Zamora 85), Las Águilas, Álvaro Obregón, Ciudad de México 1956

Arq. Manuel González Rul

Detail of the main facade from the parking area, Casa Flores, av. Central 85 (now Gutierrez Zamora 85), Las Aguilas, Alvaro Obregon, Mexico City 1956

Detalle de la fachada principal, Edificio de laboratorios (Casa Morin SA hoy Cervezas Modelo), av. Popocatépetl esq. la calle San Felipe, Santa Cruz Atoyac, Benito Juárez, Ciudad de México 1958

Arqs. Sergio Torres y Eduardo Vázquez

Detail of the main facade, Laboratory, (Casa Morin SA now Cervezas Modelo) av. Popocatepeti at San Felipe, Santa Cruz Atoyac, Benito Juarez, Mexico City 1958

Detalle de la fachada principal, edificio de producción, Cartuchos Deportivos (hoy Industrias Tecnos) Carretera Cuernavaca Tepoztlán Km. 6, Ahuatepec, Cuernavaca, Morelos México 1962

Arq. Juan Sordo Madaleno con Félix Candela

Foto. Guillermo Zamora

Detail of the main facade, production building, Catruchso Deportivos (today Industrias Tecnos) Km 6 Cuernavaca-Tepotzlan roadway, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico 1964

Detalle de la fachada principal, Centro Cultural de la Comunidad Israelita (hoy Comunidad Ashkenazi de México), calle Acapulco, 70, Roma Norte, Cuauhtémoc, México DF 1966

Arq. Pascual Broid

Detail of the main facade, Cultural Center of the Jewish Community (now Community Asheknazi of Mexico), calle Acapulco 70, Roma Norte, Cuauhetmoc, Mexico City 1966

Detalle de la fachada principal, Casa en Ciudad Satélite, av. Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi 115, Ciudad Satélite, Naucalpan de Juárez, Estado de México, México 1962

Arq. Manuel González Rul

Detail of the main facade, House in Ciudad Satelite, av. Joaquin Fernandez Lizardi 115, Ciudad Satelite, Naucalpan, Edo.Mexico, Mexico 1962