The construction of the Empire State Building in New York City, NY first started on March 17, 1930 and not too long later on May 1, 1931 it was officially opened. The three architects William F. Lamb, Richmond H. Shreve, and Arthur Lewis Harmon and the building crew took great pride in the fact that not only was their skyscraper the tallest building in the world at that time, but the very short amount of time it took to build the Empire State Building was incredible. Just because they made an effort to get this building done in such a short amount of time doesn’t mean they skipped out on how strong the structure needed to be. With the immense height of the building, they made sure to use large amounts of limestone and steel supports crisscrossing with each other and in between the several steel supports they filled with cement.
The idea behind the structure was for most of the body to be consistent straight upward, but then turn into a pencil-like shape towards the very top; as if it were elegantly slimming to a fine point. Unlike the Bank of China, there was no real inspiration behind the design of the building except for wanting it to be more of a modern type of skyscraper instead of the typical conservativ...
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...ed in Chinese art pieces. When creating this structure, he thought of pure beauty and also prominent, bold, modern designs.
Just by looking at these two different skyscrapers you probably wouldn’t be able to tell they were from two different continents. They both shared similar ideas with their designs, yet made two different statements. The Empire Statement showed power, great heights, and made a bold statement for all of New York City. The Bank of China showed great cultural importance within Asia and made a change in architectural design in China. Both shared similar ideas of supporting their buildings against the natural elements. They also shared interesting influences, but both very different than the other. Overall, these two structures changed many ideas of architecture and made bold, long lasting statements that have become iconic within their own cultures.
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