“Ah, to build, to build! That is the noblest art of all the arts. Painting and sculpture are but images, are merely shadows cast by outward things On stone or canvas, having in themselves No separate existence. Architecture, Existing in itself, and not in seeming a something it is not, surpasses them as substance shadow”
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Admittedly I’m a little late to the party, but if you’re so inclined you can now follow me on Twitter: @ChristianVendit. The plan is to offer up my own thoughts on construction, architecture and other topics related to my chosen profession – as well as links to the best related material I can find. If you’re an established Tweeter please say hello, follow me and I certainly won’t mind if you show me the ropes. So – tweet tweet and wish me luck!.
And I thought some of the garages I’ve built were big. You won’t believe the creative ways architectural designers and builders figured out how to save money using repetition, materials and local resources.
The Incredible LeMay Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington
This amazing structure is the Lemay Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington and the stats are quite impressive:
- The entire property is about 9 acres.
- Total cost of the building was 60 million.
- It took a decade to build.
- It’s 165,000 square feet in size.
- It holds a good portion of Harold LeMay’s 3,000 car collection.
If you’ve ever been there, please let me know. I’m definitely adding a visit to Tacoma, Washington to the bucket list after reading about this feat of engineering!
Someone forwarded this list of construction-related goofs to me a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to share. It’s hard to believe some of these aren’t fakes… but at the very least it might bring a smile to your face. For example:
Yep, that’s probably my favorite. Have a look and see what you think! More proof to the notion that construction isn’t for everybody I guess.
“A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.”
― Frank Lloyd Wright