7 Architecture Facts pt.45 | Breakers, Vanderbilt, Kitchen & Chateau

This is a video about 7 facts in architecture. They are as follows; Alexander Davis was an influential architect of the 19th century. His picturesque forms and details set a standard for American home design. By the mid-century, his work was well known and sought after for its romantic and inventive flair; Cass Gilbert was the architect of the Woolworth Building in New York City. It was the tallest building in the world when it was completed in 1913. The building was designed in the Neo-Gothic style and famously called the Cathedral of Commerce; The Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island is a summer “cottage” built in 1895 for Cornelius Vanderbilt II. Vanderbilt made his fortune in shipping and railroads. The house includes 70 rooms and over 65,000 square feet of living space; The function of a door handle, knob, or pull is evident. However, it’s interesting how many different ways people have chosen to design them over time—it’s one piece of hardware with thousands of iterations; A person working in a kitchen moves between three locations when preparing food: the sink, range, and refrigerator. This path is referred to as the “work triangle.” It’s the designer’s job to keep this in mind in any kitchen arrangement; The Chateau de Chambord in France is an example of French Renaissance architecture. The building has a moat and massive drum-like towers. The roofscape is also particularly unique, with a wide variety of dormers, cupolas, and chimneys; Some say that good architecture conveys ideas through the experience of a complex woven fabric of material, space, and form. Others might argue that good architecture simply looks like what it is. Ultimately, it’s the user who decides what strategy works;

This is a video series about facts in architecture. The 15 second videos featured in the series are created by Doug and posted every day on his Instagram account @dougpatt.




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