One can count the space age the black star temple of Reiyukai Shakaden Temple among the many places in Tokyo that seem straight out of a Science Fiction movie!
Completed in 1975, this red and black granite complex sheathed in electrochemically coloured black-steel shingles, is home to the Buddhist sect Reiyūkai (霊友会Spiritual-Friendship). Reiyūkai emerged as an offshoot of Buddhism in 1925 by Kakutarō Kubo and Kimi Kotani, focusing on ancestral worship without a priesthood.
The temple is open to explore and consists of: the Main Hall, the Plaza, the Kotani Hall, various conference rooms, a cafeteria, a child care room, and a nurse’s office.
In Japanese, “Shakaden” means the “House of Shakyamuni.” It is a place where anyone can seek to further practice the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha and the Lotus Sutra.
Interestingly, as Reiyūkai Buddhism has at its roots in the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, the temple houses a reservoir with 400 tonnes of drinking water for use in the event that Tokyo is struck by another major disaster.
Note: As this is an active Temple, no photo are allowed in the expansive interior.
Not far from the large bazaars on Beyazıt Square (built by Constantine the Great) is the beautiful main gate to Istanbul university (built in 1864). The gate is so striking, it graced the back of the 500 Turkish Lira banknote during the years of 1971-84.
Originally, established in 1453 under the Ottoman empire as “House of Multiple Sciences” the campus was re-structured in 1925 into a modern university by the most non-other then Atatürk!
If you want to visit the campus, it is beter to go before 5:00pm.
statue of Atatürk with the main building on background that used to be the headquarters of the Harbiye Nezareti (Ministry of War) during the Ottoman rulling
Paseo de los Tamarindos nº 400 A
Colonia Palo Alto
Mexico DF, Mexico
Each city and culture creates its own architectural identity that both defines and reflects its heart. Mexico DF, like the country, has a beautiful dynamism that reaches from their Mayan past, through the socialist art movement of the ’50’s, and looks forward into a technological future. The Torre Arcos Bosques is formed from this ideology and portrays it through its grand design.
Known Commonly as “El Pantalon” (the pants) the the Torre Arcos Bosques complex was created by Architect Teodoro González de León. Mr. González is the winner of numerous international architecture awards and worked in France with Le Corbusier. He also designed the very cool looking Museo Rufino Tamayo.
Made of granite, glass and reinforced concrete, this postmodern building measures 161.5 meters tall and holds 32 floor – though in person it feels much larger. Completed in 1996, El Pantalon was the first intelligent building in Latin America that was concepted as future-proof with its integrated technology.
If you visit, be sure to swing by the large mall at Colonia Santa Fe, one of the most posh areas in DF, and worth checking out for other unique architectural sites.
O’Neill House In 1978, Directly on 507 N. Rodeo Drive, Art Dealler Don O’Neill began the construction of this beautiful house built as homage to Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi. In a seeming tribute to its muse, it was not fully finished until after O’Neill’s death in 1998. Today we can all enjoy gazing at its facade and imagining the wonders the interiors must have.
Spadena House or The Witch’s House
At the corner of Walden Drive and Carmelita is this very special site, The house was designed by cinematic art director Harry Oliver. Built in 1921 in west LA as offices for a film studio, it could have been a set piece of Oz. The entire structure was moved to its present location in 1934 by the Spadena family.
Honorable Mention There were two spots we ran into randomly and really enjoyed. We didn’t get to spend enough time at either to get a full vision, but they both brightened our day. If you’re in the area, they are definitely worth a look.
We stumbled into Chan Darae hungry, bordering on cranky. We took a chance on Thai after our myriad of New York City experiences where the majority of Thai food is saturated with old oil. To our pleasant surprise it was succulent, light and non-greasy, while allowing us to happily keep exploring L.A.!
1511 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028 (North of Sunset)
Mon-Sun: 11:00am – 11:00pm
The Hungarian State Opera House first opened its doors in 1884. Designed by Miklós Ybl, one of the most renowned Hungarian architects of the 19th century, the construction was created in an eclectic, neo-Renaissance style. There are many baroque details and frescoes by the top Hungarian artists of the time, including Bertalan Székely, Árpád Feszty, Mór Than and Károly Lotz. On either side of the risalit are statues of Ferenc Liszt and Ferenc Erkel, two of the outstanding artists of Hungarian music. Both being the work of Alajos Stróbl.
A wonderful place for listening as well as viewing, the Hungarian State Opera House is home to the third best acoustics in al of Europe! With only the Scala in Milan and the Paris Opera House creating a more detailed sound environment.
If you are not able to attend a performance, then try to take the guided tour. The tours are given twice daily in many different languages. Although they are bit formulaic and the guide may be on the weak side- they are definitely worth it just to have the chance to explore the interior of this magnificent concert hall.