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Beautiful buildings

As I’ve just recently started attending an art appreciation class I thought I would expand what I comment on to include some art related topics.  My class has been looking at architecture recently, specifically the gothic revival on the 19th century.  It’s really interesting and some of the buildings we’ve been looking at are amazing. 

So I’ve decided to start a regular post on my favourite buildings; the first building I’m going to comment on is once we were discussing in class; Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF).  Following a series of regime changes in France, the BnF was moved in 1868 to newly constructed buildings on the Rue de Richelieu designed by Henri Labrouste. Labrouste used of a lot of domes in his construction, these handkerchief domes added elegance and a slight Turkish influence. He used iron which allowed him to make the columns thin and make the most of the sense of space.  He was famous for his use of iron, and was one of the first to realize the importance of its use.

Bibliothèque nationale de France

I love the sense of space in this photo and the decoration on the ceiling and windows.



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