Islamic elements all over modern buildings

25 Jan

They look modern, but then look at the details. The one in the middle has little tan arched mihrabs, one stacked on the other. The left-hand one has corner balconies rising up inside a tall, narrow Islamic arch. On the right, look at that detail of the multiple blind arches at the top, there for no reason except that the architect just couldn’t resist. I imagine Western architects do this all the time, add little decorative elements like they were trimming a Christmas tree, but it seems so much clearer for me when looking at these. What are they going to do with the top of the big one rising up behind?

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