“Burj Khalifa tower” is a skyscraper height of 828 meters in Dubai, the tallest building in the world. The shape of the building resembles a stalagmite. The opening ceremony was held on 4 January 2010 in the largest city of the United Arab Emirates — Dubai. The building is planned to open on 9 September 2009 simultaneously with the opening of Dubai metro, but the opening was postponed to January 2010 due to reduced funding by the developer. The exact height of buildings is 828 m (163 floors). “Dubai tower” was designed as a “city within a city” — with its own lawns, boulevards and parks. The total cost of construction — about $ 1.5 billion. The Burj Khalifa is a key element of the new business center in Dubai. Inside the complex there are hotels, apartments, offices and shopping malls. The building has three separate entrances: the hotel entrance, the entrance to the apartments and the entrance to the office. The Armani hotel and the offices of the company occupy floors 1 through 39 (except for the 17 and 18 floors, a technical floor).
In sculpture, the transition from Romanesque to Gothic occurred slightly later than in architecture, but over time its growth continued at an incredibly fast pace. Ancient Gothic sculpture in just one century reached its peak. Sculpture at this time served as an integral part of the architecture of cathedrals.
In Gothic were observed the principle of unity and subordination of all the arts architecture. The development of plastics has also been inextricably linked with the Gothic architecture. In the visual arts of those times it is the sculpture belonged to the leading place. Although masters often used the relief, the main Gothic plastics was still a statue. Basically, the formation of sculpture in the Gothic epoch was connected with the construction of Amiens, Chartres and Reims cathedrals, in which was used over two thousand various sculptures.
Gothic was the period of this flourishing of monumental sculpture, in which the value of the statuesque plasticity was increased, and appeared to thrust the so-called “high relief”. The Gothic figures were seen as the main elements of the giant decorative and monumental compositional unity. Continue reading
Lotus temple – the most sacred in the world of original construction: it is built in the form of a white blossoming flower and is not a straight line. This is the main Bahai temple in India and one of the top attractions of new Delhi. It is also called “the Taj Mahal of modern India”.
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The official name of the huge marble Lotus, a House of Worship Bahai. This religion is the youngest in the world (appeared in the middle of the XIX century). It professes the unity of God and unity of religions, because in the Baha’i temple can come to people of all faiths and nationalities and to pray to the God in whom he believes.
To create the grandiose project of the building was entrusted to architect Fariborz Sahba. Inspired by the Sydney Opera house, he with the help of computer programs created the project of the temple in the form of a Lotus is a sacred plant for many Eastern peoples. Such painstaking work took two years. Continue reading