Friday, January 27, 2012

Modern-Day Pyramids : Echoes of Giza throughout the World

With many examples of ancient architecture, we see forms that have inspired architecture in today's world. This holds true with the pyramids, which were once only used as burial chambers for the Egyptians. Now we see pyramids as major landmarks throughout the world, another example of stacks and an importance placed on the center.

Pyramids at Giza

Used for burial, the center points upward reaching towards the sun, showing the importance of those at the center and providing what is necessary to the afterlife. 

Karlsruhe Pyramid: Karlsruhe, Germany c.a. 1679-1738

The Karlsruhe Pyramid serves as a monument of the city as well as an original burial vault at the bottom, much like the Pyramids at Giza.

Pyramids at Ohso Commune: Pune, India 

These pyramids were built for meditation purposes, another example of how ritual is enforced through form. 

Goja Music Hall: Prague

This performance hall serves as a gathering and ritual place for listening to performances. The most importance place is in the center where the performances take place, which is emphasized by the vertex.

Louvre Pyramid: Paris, France c.a. 1989

The glass Louvre pyramid juxtaposes the classical museum itself with its modern geometric forms. It serves as both a landmark and an entrance point into the museum. Used for circulation, the pyramids form emphasizes a growing importance as you move inward towards the museum, becoming more sacred as you move from the street closer to the artwork.