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Key Buildings from Prehistory to the Present

Book Description

The latest in this successful series, this book features around 150 of the most important buildings in the history of world architecture—from the pyramids and the Parthenon to some of the most significant works by recent architects.

The buildings are organized by type—from places of worship and public buildings to houses—and are divided into nine chapters, each with an informative introduction that surveys the history of that type. For each building there are numerous, accurate scale plans showing a combination of floor plans, elevations, and sections as appropriate, all specially redrawn for this book.

The quality and number of the line drawings, together with the authoritative text by a renowned architectural historian, allow all the buildings to be understood in detail and make this an invaluable resource for students.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. Culture-defining monuments
    1. Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia
    2. Great Pyramid of Khufu, Giza, Egypt
    3. Parthenon, Athens, Greece
    4. Colosseum, Rome, Italy
    5. Temple 1, Tik’al, Guatemala
    6. Great Stupa of Sanchi, Bhopal, India
    7. Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
    8. Ise Grand Shrine, Kansai, Honshu, Japan
    9. Great Enclosure, Great Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
    10. Twin Pagodas, Luohanyuan Temple, China
    11. St Peter’s Basilica, Rome, Italy
    12. Taj Mahal, Agra, India
    13. Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
    14. Empire State Building, New York City, USA
    15. Cathedral of Light, Nuremberg, Germany
    16. Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
    17. Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange, Los Angeles, USA
  7. Dwellings
    1. Houses at Catal Huyuk and Troy, Turkey
    2. Houses at Nagano, Japan, and Skara Brae, Orkney, UK
    3. Igloo, Tipi and Bedouin Tent
    4. Villa of the Mysteries, Pompeii, Italy
    5. Houses in Burkina Faso and Kythera, Greece
    6. Karo Batak Houses Sumatra, Indonesia
    7. Le Thoronet Abbey, Provence, France
    8. Dürer House, Nuremberg, Germany
    9. Palazzo Medici, Florence, Italy
    10. Chateau of Chambord, Centre (region), France
    11. Chateau of Ancy-le-Franc, Burgundy, France
    12. Villa Capra, Vicenza, Italy
    13. Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire, UK
    14. Tea Houses, Katsura Imperial Villa, Kyoto, Japan
    15. Chateau of Maisons-Laffitte, Île de France, France
    16. Berrington Hall, Herefordshire, UK
    17. Queen’s Hamlet, Versailles, France
    18. Monticello, Virginia, USA
    19. Neuschwanstein, Bavaria, Germany
    20. Horta House, Brussels, Belgium
    21. Unité d’Habitation, Marseilles, France
    22. Lake Shore Drive Apartments, Chicago, USA
    23. Schröder House, Utrecht, Netherlands
  8. Places of Worship
    1. Megalithic Temples of Malta
    2. Great Ziggurat of Ur, Nasiriyah, Iraq
    3. Great Temple of Amon-Ra, Karnak, Egypt
    4. Temple of Apollo at Delphi, Greece
    5. Temple of Apollo Epikourios, Bassae, Greece
    6. Maison Carrée, Nîmes, France
    7. Pantheon, Rome, Italy
    8. Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India
    9. Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem, Israel
    10. Great Mosque of Damascus, Syria
    11. Shore Temple, Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, India
    12. Mosque Cathedral of Córdoba, Andalusia, Spain
    13. Borobudur Stupa, Java, Indonesia
    14. Lingaraj Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
    15. Kandariya Mahadeva Temple, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India
    16. Durham Cathedral, Durham, UK
    17. Temple of Kukulkan, Chich’en Itzá, Yucatán, Mexico
    18. Basilica of the Madeleine, Vézelay, Burgundy, France
    19. Angkor Wat, Angkor, Cambodia
    20. Stave Church, Urnes, Norway
    21. Bourges Cathedral, Centre (region), France
    22. Cologne Cathedral, North Rhine–Westphalia, Germany
    23. Konark Sun Temple, Konark, Odisha, India
    24. Golden Pavilion Temple, Kyoto, Japan
    25. Goharshad Mosque, Mashhad, Razavi Khorasan, Iran
    26. Santa Maria del Santo Spirito, Florence, Italy
    27. Sant’Andrea of Mantova, Mantua, Italy
    28. Suleyman Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
    29. St Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow, Russia
    30. San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, Rome, Italy
    31. Vierzehnheiligen, Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany
    32. Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain
    33. Westminster Cathedral, London, UK
    34. Great Mosque of Djenné, Mali
    35. Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, California, USA
  9. Bridges and Defences
    1. Acropolis of Athens, Greece
    2. Carthage Harbour and Naval Base, Tunisia
    3. Pont du Gard, Nîmes, France
    4. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
    5. Himeji Castle, Kansai, Honshu, Japan
    6. Great Wall of China
    7. Mostar Bridge, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    8. Neuf-Brisach, Alsace, France
    9. Carcassonne, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
    10. Forth Bridge, Edinburgh, UK
    11. Berlin Wall, Germany
  10. Production, Trade and Education
    1. Stoa of Attalos, Athens, Greece
    2. Trajan’s Markets, Rome, Italy
    3. Medina at Fes, Morocco
    4. Trinity College Library, Cambridge, UK
    5. Royal Saltworks, Arc-et-Senans, France
    6. Engelsberg Ironworks, Ångelsberg, Sweden
    7. The Lawn, University of Virginia, USA
    8. Albert Dock, Liverpool, UK
    9. Saltaire, West Yorkshire, UK
    10. Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France
    11. Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II, Milan, Italy
    12. St Pancras Railway Station, London, UK
    13. Keretapi Railway Station, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    14. Grand Central Terminal, New York City, USA
    15. AEG Turbine Factory, Berlin, Germany
    16. Seagram Building, New York City, USA
    17. Dulles Airport, Washington DC, USA
    18. Fuji TV Headquarters Building, Tokyo, Japan
    19. Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    20. China Central TV Headquarters, Beijing, China
  11. Government Administration
    1. Megaron of Pylos, Greece
    2. Pnyx, Athens, Greece
    3. Curia Julia, Rome, Italy
    4. Alhambra, Granada, Spain
    5. Forbidden City, Beijing, China
    6. Machu Picchu, Peru
    7. Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey
    8. Imperial Palace of Kyoto, Japan
    9. Palace of Versailles, Île de France, France
    10. Residenz at Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany
    11. Richmond Capitol, Virginia, USA
    12. Palace of Westminster, London, UK
    13. Hilversum Town Hall, Netherlands
    14. Säynatsälo Town Hall, Finland
  12. Culture and Entertainment
    1. Great Bath at Mohenjo-Daro, Pakistan
    2. Theatre at Epidauros, Greece
    3. Theatre of Marcellus, Rome, Italy
    4. Baths of Caracalla, Rome, Italy
    5. Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy
    6. Globe Theatre, London, UK
    7. Louvre, Paris, France
    8. Altes Museum, Berlin, Germany
    9. Crystal Palace, London, UK
    10. Opéra Garnier, Paris, France
    11. Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany
  13. Memorials
    1. Tomb of Mausolus, Bodrum, Turkey
    2. Qin Shi Huang Imperial Necropolis, Shaanxi, China
    3. Memorial Columns, Rome, Paris and London
    4. Pazzi Chapel, Florence, Italy
    5. Tempietto, San Pietro in Montorio, Rome, Italy
    6. L’Église du Dôme, Les Invalides, Paris, France
    7. Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC, USA
    8. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, Nanjing, China
  14. Public Spaces
    1. Agora of Athens/Forum of Rome
    2. Piazza del Campo/Piazza Navona
    3. Place des Vosges/Tiananmen Square
    4. Piazza San Marco/Potsdamer Platz
  15. Further Reading
  16. Index
  17. Picture and Drawing Credits
  18. About the CD