Although architects and engineers don’t always achieve the fame and fortune that famous artists do, they do leave an indelible, fairly permanent mark on society. Spend a few moments with us as we examine the accomplishments and insights of some of the most famous builders throughout history.
Did you know that Michaelangelo was also a builder? In addition to his famous dome on St. Peter’s Basilica, which inspired the capitol building in Washington D.C., he built a two-story library on top of a convent using a style that veered from the traditions of his time (the 1500’s). He also included faux window spaces in his structures that served no known purpose. Expert building tip? Decorative touches make all the difference.
Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi was devoutly religious and infinitely inspired by nature, believing it to be God’s creation. He incorporated natural elements like curved lines, bright colors, and natural textures into his radical new design style, best illustrated in Barcelona’s Cathedral of the Sagrada Familia. Although his style wasn’t necessarily appreciated during his time, it came heavily into favor in the 1960s. Expert building tip? Let your passion guide you.
The current London Bridge (there have been several throughout history) was designed by British architect Lord Horford in the 1960’s after it was realized that the previous iteration was actually sinking, and cost more than $50M to construct. A true London icon, the bridge was opened by Queen Elizabeth herself in 1973 and has been featured in countless movies since. Expert building tip? You don’t have to be the first to build it, you just have to be the best.