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Old January 7th, 2006, 12:33 AM   #61
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Old January 7th, 2006, 03:22 PM   #62
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Old January 11th, 2006, 12:01 PM   #63
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The question, as framed, demands a deeper thought...


So, if I were imprisoned, held as a privileged captive in the top apartments of a fortress, and could only look out on one building for the rest of my days, it would be this:



and of course, that's what happened to Shah Jahan, the creator of the Taj Mahal - the perfect culmination of Mughal architecture.

I am pretty sure I would not wish to look, solely, at a single (or twin) skyscraper for the rest of my days. The Petronas Towers are magnificent, but of a genre, and challenged by others (Burj Dubai, for one of many). Getting parochial, I think Utzon's Sydney Opera House is the most unique building of the past century, but I wouldn't wish to look at it, solely, for the rest of my days, or even many weeks. If it wasn't the Taj, you would have to go back in history for that ...the Parthenon, a Bavarian Castle, a Gothic cathedral, Gaudi's cathedral in Barcelona, a French chateau...but the real answer is probably a small, weathered wood temple-shrine somewhere in Japan, or somewhere else in Asia. I would want to think about it long and hard before I chose that one building, the most beautiful, that I could look out at endlessly

nice post, I also like your avatar

interesting question with no wrong anwer just right ones.

I agree completely with the Taj Mahal, lot's of intersting places with unique stories but of all the major icons, this one's built out of love and not just theoretical love for an Idea or God but one man's insanity to create the perfect expression of his love for his wife! Even the name expresses love, I consider this to be the culimination Humanity's Essence in architectural structural form, even it's measurements are without flaw. Perfection achieved.

I think among the modern ones Gehry's work is interesting but looks similar to one another, the Guggenheim in Bilbao is very similar to the Disney Theater in LA, in fact the Disney would have been built earlier if not for the various controversies attached to it's construction.

For skyscrapers, the form of Chrysler Building outweighs the romance of the Empire State Building, even if King Kong did not bother to climb it
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Old January 11th, 2006, 04:05 PM   #64
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HOT:
Eiffel Tower , Paris
Empire State Building , NY
Turning Torso, Malmo.
Fukuoka Tower, Fukuoka
Le Grand Arche, Paris - France.
Bank of China Building, Honk Kong



NOT:
Petronas Towers - Kuala Lumpur
Liberation Tower , Kuwait City
Kingdom Centre, Riyadh
Landmark Tower, Yokohama
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Old January 12th, 2006, 03:15 AM   #65
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I would go with the gateway arch in St Louis.
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Old January 12th, 2006, 03:29 AM   #66
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The Egyptian Pyramids of Giza - the tallest stood 481 ft and each block averaged 2.5 tons.. The pyramids are one of the seven wonders of the world at 4600 plus years old and built to 1/100 degree of mathematical perfect, truly remarkable..

After that I would say Liberty One in Philadelphia at 945 ft of Liberty and Classy Architecture..
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Old January 12th, 2006, 03:48 AM   #67
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I'll pick the Taj Mahal, even though I have never been there.

BTW, if I were forced to live out my days as a prisoner on the top floor of the Empire State Building, I would be very happy with my life.
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Old January 12th, 2006, 10:59 PM   #68
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Some people believed that it was aliens that could have built the Stonehenge.

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Old January 12th, 2006, 11:57 PM   #69
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personaly i would peplace it with the third Bais Hamikdash(Temple) any day!!


(a depiction of what it would look like using a blimp projecting a holographic image of the Temple in the Temple mounds location)
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Old January 17th, 2006, 05:36 AM   #70
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Egyp - the pyramids

sorry... but no doubt about it...






they have something... I donīt know what... but they have some strange power...

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^ Strange power, maybe. But... they're not exactly very very beautiful.
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Old January 18th, 2006, 11:31 PM   #72
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eiffel tower for me
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Old March 5th, 2006, 09:32 AM   #73
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One of the most spectacular places that I've seen,









Machu Picchu

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Old March 7th, 2006, 10:15 PM   #75
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Just kidding...

Um, I can't really pick just one. But certainly the Eiffel Tower, the Parthenon, Pantheon, Brunelleschi's dome, and a few of Borromini's churches make my list. Oh, and the hoover dam as well, for its sheer size and its landscape.
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Old March 8th, 2006, 04:48 AM   #76
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Eiffel tower...for me
I second that
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Old March 8th, 2006, 11:19 AM   #77
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Old March 12th, 2006, 01:19 AM   #78
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personaly i would peplace it with the third Bais Hamikdash(Temple) any day!!


(a depiction of what it would look like using a blimp projecting a holographic image of the Temple in the Temple mounds location)
You would replace one of the most beautiful domes and one of the holiest muslim structures with that crap?? Why??

Anyways, i think this has to be the taj mahal. Around sunset that place feels truly magical.
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Old March 13th, 2006, 02:40 AM   #79
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no one has said the Great Wall of China yet

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