by Brandy D. Anderson
Perhaps the most practical art form, architecture isn’t merely utilitarian, it’s also often a work of inhabitable beauty. Books featuring architectural wonders have adorned coffee tables for years, but now we have even more access to view these impressive buildings online. Here are the 5 best architectural Google + blogs around:
About: “A must-read for decades, Architectural Digest continues to celebrate the most dazzling places and people—in the magazine, online atarchdigest.com, and in our Amazing Kitchens app. “
Architectural Digest has been a cultural fixture in American architecture and home design since its first publication in 1920. Although the title suggests a focus on structural architecture, this publication really carries more features on inside design and décor. Nevertheless, this is one of the first publications most people think of when they conjure images of grand buildings with elegant furnishings. Google + provides the perfect platform for this architectural staple to show off its treasures. One of the most stunning recent posts features exotic accommodations at a “Brazilian Beach Town” (Trancoso). They also have suggestions for elegant spreads to inspire your Thanksgiving center pieces. They offer a well-rounded look at practical architecture.
About: “Architecture is the mother of the arts, it is the thing that makes all other arts possible like wall paintings and things like that; they have to be in an architectural setting all day. -Philip Johnson-”
Architecture Lover has a large online presence with websites spread out all over the net. Their most visually pleasing representative is their counterpart on Google +. The black and white cover photo immediately draws the architectural junkie in with its odd contours set against an unusual landscape. A further look down the page reveals a liberal splattering of colour and taste, with intriguing buildings and locations. Updated daily, the most recent photo is of a tan and white multi-doored bungalow which stretches out of view, appearing to house at least five different apartments, with beautiful blue skies and fluffy clouds bordering the image along the top. When you scroll further down the page you can see “Brick House” by Caruso St. John, a curious and stark building made of brick and stone, with a trapezoid skyline window, a long dark bench, and a black sink and cabinet casually set against the back of the room.
About: “A great architect is not made by way of a brain nearly so much as he is made by way of a cultivated, enriched heart.”- Frank Lloyd Wright. ARCHITECTURE LAB is an architecture and urban design magazine dedicated to everything related to architecture, urban design, research studies, and sustainable design.”
One of the best things about this page is the commentary which accompanies each post. For example, today’s post is of the unusual Football Stadium Arena in Borisov, Belarus with commentary: “The concept takes into account the natural advantages of the location and the existing interventions within the terrain, while maintaining as many of the existing trees on site as possible.” Architecture Lab is full of these informative featurettes which helps make this page a double joy for architectural lovers. They also provide a wide range of styles and landscapes, making this certainly one of the most intriguing architectural web pages out there.
About: “Architecture photos from ancient times until tomorrow. We share photos – only your own work, no gifs, no comics, and never photoshopped pics! The page is a non commercial page for only share your work. [sic] We will not include profiles without informations or/and a profile photo![sic]”
This really is a fun fan page for photographers, both amateur and professional, who love architecture and want to share their enthusiasm with others. Relying solely on fan contributions, Architecture Yesterday – Tomorrow is entirely made up of photographs of architectural wonders around the world. Everyone is invited to contribute photos of any and all great buildings, from past to present, and each contributor is also given the opportunity to add their own commentary along with their photo. You’ll find beautiful shots of the impressive Zeeland Bridge which connects islands together in the Netherlands, the Archcathedral and Basilica of St Peter and St Paul in Ponzan, Poland, a long shot of the quirky high rises in Buenos Aires, and an ‘artsy’ black and white interior photo of five open doorways leading to even more doorways. The one drawback to this page is the plethora of tags above most of the posts, but even this is just a minor annoyance.
About: “Welcome to Architecture Beast, a website and online magazine whose main purpose is to collect and publish daily, the most impressive, fascinating and astonishing modern architecture projects, which can simply be described as “the be(a)st” of architecture!”
This is the “it” place for the modern architectural connoisseur. Featuring stunning photos of the most cutting edge pieces of modern architecture, Architecture Beast posts daily and always encourages follower feedback. Some of the current posts feature multi-floor glass houses, interesting homes filled with sharp lines, and a photo of a “luxury home with swimming pool at night” which really looks more like a traditional mansion than a one family house. One of the more controversial buildings is a walkway which features a glass swimming pool overhead and, further down the page, you’ll find another swimming pool with a transparent bottom which hangs over a terrace. So, if you enjoy seeing edgy new architecture with a twist, this is your place.