Paro Taktsang, Bhutan
Church in Bled, Slovenia
North Christian Church, Columbus, Indiana
The church building of 1964 was designed by Eero Saarinen and completed in 1964. Just off the highway that leads to the town of Columbus, Indiana, the most slender of spires shoots upward from the tree line. With only a small gold cross at the top suggesting its purpose, the spire seems to belong to another world, an expressive gesture reaching into the sky that extends far beyond its visible tip. As visitors approach, the base of the spire fans out and merges with the ground, subsuming it and metaphysically bridging the distance between the heavens and the Earth. This is the famous North Christian Church, Eero Saarinen’s stunning discourse on God, nature and architecture.
Valadier Temple, Italy
The octagonal-shaped the Temple of Valadier takes its name from the architect who designed it in the 19th century – Giuseppe Valadier, one of the most important Neoclassical architects in Italy. To appreciate the uniqueness of this architectural gem you have to see it in its actual context, enclosed as it is by the rocky walls of the cave.