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Famous Buildings : Before and After

In this article, we shall take a look at some of the worlds famous buildings before and after they were built.

1. Sydney Opera House :

The site of the Sydney Opera House was once a less glamorous terminus and depot for the city's tram network. It was a castellated brick building constructed in 1902 on the site of Fort Macquarie on Bennelong Point. It was closed in 1955 and demolished by the year 1958.

2 . Oscar Niemeyer Museum :

The museum, located in Brazil, features many of Niemeyer's signature elements: bold geometric forms, sculptural curved volumes placed prominently to contrast with rectangular volumes, sinuous ramps for pedestrians, large areas of white painted concrete, and areas with vivid murals or paintings.

3. Rashtrapati Bhavan :

Rashtrapati Bhavan, is the official residence of the President of India. It is located in the country’s capital, New Delhi.It was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker and stands on a 330 acre estate. It took seventeen years to build this presidential palace which was completed in the year 1929.

Almost seven hundred million bricks and three million cubic feet of stone were used in this building that has 2.5 km of corridors and 190 acres of garden area. The main building covers an area of 5 acres and has 340 rooms spread over four floors. The famous Mughal Gardens of the Rashtrapati Bhavan cover an area of 15 acres.

4. Yangon City Hall :

Yangon City Hall is an icon of Myanmar’s colonial, wartime, and post-independence history.. Though it may have been a formal dance hall, it was purchased by the local British government for use as offices in 1886. Unfortunately by 1911 the roof was falling in, and the portico has to be removed. A new winning design by L.A. Mc Clumpha was initially chosen in 1913.

The building was constructed over a 15-year period – between 1925 and 1940. Construction of the winning design was delayed by the first World War, after which Burmese anti-imperialism had solidified, and demanded that city hall follow a Burmese architectural design to incorporate elements based on the pagodas and shrines.

The result is a melange of European and Myanmar styles, with the classic monastic spires on the top of the solidly build bohemian-style foundations. While the underlying building remains the neoclassical style similar to other colonial era buildings, city hall incorporates traditional iconography like the nagasand peacocks, and makes use of traditional tiered roofs, pyatthat.

We hope this article has been both informative and entertaining!


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