Do you have an architectural bucket list? These are places you want to visit before you die, and don’t get hung up on the word “architectural” – just think of any buit work. For instance, Hoover Dam and the Brooklyn Bridge were big ones for me, and they were not all that hard to check off the list.
Sometimes these spots may require you to be a totally dorky tourist – there’s no poo-pooing a trip to the Statue of Liberty or the Eiffel Tower here – just try to resist sporting the fanny pack. Here are three spots at the top of my current list:
This is Aurland Lookout in Norway. I remember pictures of this crazy lookout taking my breath away the first time I saw them (assuming it was in Wallpaper*). Designed by Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen, this is one experience worth pulling off the road for:
photos via Saunders Architecture
The Langston Hughes Library, designed by Maya Lin, in Clinton, Tennessee is still one of my all-time favorites in photos, yet I have not made it there yet. It’s a whole lost closer to where I live than Norway, so I’m thinking it should be viable:
photos via Maya Lin Studio
From the “it’s probably not going to happen” file – it’s the Taj Mahal. I hate long flights and humidity, so a trip to India isn’t likely (I’m going to take a pass on the Donald Trump Atlantic City version, unless there’s a Neil Diamond concert involved or something):
Anyway, enough about me – what about you? Is there a built work you’re dying to visit? Is there one you’ve crossed off your bucket list recently? Do tell!