Design Lust: Installment Three

On this installment of Design Lust, we visit some lesser known architectural marvels. In typical Sam fashion the first building we’re looking at today is the one with all the bright, colors and Moorish architecture I swoon for.

The Shrine of Sachal Sarmast in Khaipur, Pakistan was built in the 19th Century using traditional Sindhi architecture.

The Shrine of Sachal Sarmast, Khairpur, Pakistan - Built in the 19th Century AD using traditional Sindhi architecture and design
The Shrine of Sachal Sarmast, Khairpur, Pakistan

Next, we visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria in Florence, Italy. Construction on this gothic building, deemed Il Duomo di Firenze, begun in 1296 and was not completed until 1436!

Il Duomo di Firenze Florence, Italy
Il Duomo di Firenze Florence, Italy

How about this wonderfully art-deco lobby in The Guardian building, Detroit? Built in 1928 the 36-floor sky scrapper is nicknamed the Cathedral of Finance due to its cathedral ceiling and its original owners, the Union Trust Company.

The Guardian Building, Detroit, Michigan
The Guardian Building, Detroit, Michigan

The gothic revival church, Las Laja Sanctuary in Columbia was built inside the canyon of the Guaitara River. Construction began in 1916 and took until 1949 to complete. “The massive church sits 150 feet high over the river below, and its turrets contrast elegantly with the green cliffs and cascading waterfall, which are visible from the arched stone bridge,” Atlas Obscura

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Las Laja Sanctuary in Columbia

Lest you think I am only about ornate beauty, I give you the clean, fresh, post-modern beauty of the Seattle Public Library.

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Seattle Public Library

And the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision….

The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

How about the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain? So much interesting design in this complex that I can’t post just one picture.

City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia, Spain
City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia, Spain
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L’Umbracle in the City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia, Spain
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City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia, Spain

More to come on the next installment of Design Lust.