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Old September 25th, 2005, 06:34 PM   #1
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Do you think a massive HORIZONTAL building can have the same impact of a skyscraper?

I was thinking of that because whenever I see those big palaces and other not-so-tall, but very wide buildings it's so stunning and jaw dropping, it has almost the same impact of a skyscraper (for me).

What's your opinion?


(this is what I mean, or bigger)
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Old September 25th, 2005, 06:36 PM   #2
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Sure. I prefer massive vertical buildings.
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Old September 25th, 2005, 06:39 PM   #3
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Vertical? Don't you mean horizontal?
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Old September 25th, 2005, 06:42 PM   #4
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Old September 25th, 2005, 06:59 PM   #5
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Man, I just love both of those buildings.

I think that buildings like Peterhof and Catherine's palace are impressive because of their elaborate design, not because of their size. There are plenty of lowrise apartment buildings in the world that have similar dimensions, but are certainly not impressive.

But yes, I agree that having a vertical shape certainly isn't the only way for a building to be impressive. Buildings like Hampton Court, Versailles, the Hermitage, and of course the Pentagon are all evidence of that.
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Old September 25th, 2005, 07:24 PM   #6
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Okay what's the biggest horizontal building in the world? lol
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Old September 25th, 2005, 07:45 PM   #7
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Don't know about the world's, but I think this one is the longest in France:


It is the Corderie Royale in Rochefort. It was built in 1670 and is 384m long (that would rank it 8th tallest in the world on par with Shung Hing Square, if you were to put it vertically ^ ^ ).
It was used to make ropes for the ships of the Royal Navy. It is now a museum.
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Old September 25th, 2005, 08:45 PM   #8
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I think Buenos Aires is building a huge horizontal hotel...

But no, I still prefer vertical or horizontal.
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Old September 25th, 2005, 08:56 PM   #9
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Quote:
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The Pentagon is simply massive in person. If horizontal can have in impact, this would be it.
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Old September 26th, 2005, 12:38 AM   #10
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Vertical? Don't you mean horizontal?

yes, I do. errrr.......
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Old September 26th, 2005, 01:46 AM   #11
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To me, the Merchandise mart was more imposing than most of the taller buildings in Chicago!

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl-Marx-Hof

At over one kilometer in length (1100m) and spanning four Straßenbahn (tram) stops, Karl-Marx-Hof holds the distinction of being the longest single residential building in the world.
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Old September 26th, 2005, 06:46 AM   #13
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^Karl Marx was quite a hypocrit then.
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Old September 26th, 2005, 07:08 AM   #14
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Okay what's the biggest horizontal building in the world? lol
You guys are all wrong. The biggest horizontal building is the Great Wall of China.
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Old September 26th, 2005, 08:00 AM   #15
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl-Marx-Hof

At over one kilometer in length (1100m) and spanning four Straßenbahn (tram) stops, Karl-Marx-Hof holds the distinction of being the longest single residential building in the world.
Any google maps images of it?
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Old September 26th, 2005, 08:19 AM   #16
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I'm not afraid of heights but I am afraid of widths...
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Old September 26th, 2005, 08:34 AM   #17
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Any google maps images of it?
I haven't seen any.
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Old September 26th, 2005, 08:36 AM   #18
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Oops. I fogot to post my opinion. They interest me, these long buildings. Not as much as skyscrapers but I'm impressed by them.
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Old September 26th, 2005, 09:29 AM   #19
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I know the pentagon owns some worlds biggest record. It might be office space or something
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Old September 26th, 2005, 11:50 AM   #20
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the main boeing factory is also MASSIVE.
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