The refusal of the regularity or the acceptance of the unorthodox.
It is the art of everything. In the inanimate and living. The shape and meaning,
In spirit and body, logic and absurdity.
Everything is architecture. By Hermes Trismegistus, by bacterium.
The Heraclitus said ... Everything flows ....
The Architecture says .... everything in shape ..... so have art in them ..!!

Michael Balaroutsos


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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Pyramid, by Baikdoosan

The nine pyramids of Giza, Cairo

Pyramid of Giza, Cairo 
Baikdoosan Architects and Engineers - Ryugyong Hotel, Pyongyang (Photographer: Fishy McFish)

Pyramid, by Baikdoosan

 Despite being in a city where hotel rooms remain empty most of the year, authorities decided to construct the 3000 room hotel in preparation for the 1989 World Festival for Youth and Students (think: the Communist Olympics). It is also said that Kim Il Sung wanted to construct the Ryugyong to compete with the South Koreans who, at the time, were constructing a 105 story hotel in Singapore. Not only did the North run out of money before completion, their inexperienced engineers designed an unsafe, unsteady building. Apparently, not only is it uninhabitable, but authorities aren’t even sure how to take it down. The construction started in 1987 and…
…halted in 1992 to never be continued. The construction had then costed $ 750 million, about 2 % of the GDP of the country.
The sublime beauty is breathtaking, considering that it is probably the most expensive ruin of this planet in a country where recently thousands of people have starved to death. The ironic part is that the building is probably more beautiful now as a ruin-before-inhabitation, than as it would be when finished. It will become one of the tourist attractions in a post-communist North Korea, if they decide not to tear it down. Since the used concrete is probably of insufficient quality to be safe an extra $ 300 million will be necessary for construction improvement in addition to the $ 230 million necessary to finish the building. No one will pay that kind of money.
The iconography of the three-winged building that has been designed by Baikdoosan Architects and Engineers is that of the Pyramid. The pyramid-iconography has a double agenda as a structural principle, but does not have a connection to the hotel-program. Curious are the smaller ‘pyramids’ at the base of the Ryonyang Hotel, which seem to refer to the ensemble of pyramids at Giza. The Pyramid of the Musée du Louvre by I.M. Pei makes a similar reference to the ensemble of pyramids.
The patina and the unfinished state of the building enhances the reference to the original Egyptian Pyramids, which are also echo’s of their once sleek and shining predecessors. It is therefore even more curious that the ‘top’ of the Pyramid of Giza, which is considered by historians as a leftover of what once covered the whole pyramid, comes back in Pyongyang in the form of the 7 round floors in the top of the building.
Pyramid of Giza, Cairo 2

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