Nobody likes making a mistake. At Exterior Remodel and Design we work with precision to ensure that all of your Omaha roofing repairs are mistake free. Of course, not everyone puts as much care into their work as we do. Check out some of these big famous mistakes in architecture history.
Architectural Mistakes – 12 Infamous Goofs Throughout History – Bob Vila What do you get when you bring together forward-thinking architects, exacting engineers, and tireless construction crews? In the case of these 12 iconic buildings, you get a visual masterpiece, along with a few unintended design flaws. Click through to get the full scoop on the surprising mishaps behind your favorite famous buildings.
If not for modern efforts to safeguard Frank Lloyd Wright’s design, water wouldn’t have been the only thing falling at Fallingwater. As a result of sagging of the non-reinforced floors of the cantilevered balconies, the home itself was in danger of collapsing and falling into Bear Run. To restore the iconic house, a construction crew employed post-tensioning with prestressed concrete to reinforce the cantilevers and restore the original floors and walls. Thanks to the careful renovations, Wright’s groundbreaking design is every bit as compelling today as it was the day it was completed.
Tourists have craned their necks—and scratched their heads—for centuries to uncover why the Leaning Tower of Pisa leans. As it turns out, that famous tilt is the result of a bad foundation. The tower was built in the early 12th century on ground too soft on one side to support its weight. As each successive story was added, the foundation destabilized—eventually displacing the tower by five and a half degrees. Standing today at a corrected four-degree tilt, the lopsided landmark is lauded by architecture buffs as one of history’s most beautiful mistakes.
You’d never guess by the melodic tones that emanate from the halls of the Sydney Opera House that its hidden weakness is none other than its acoustics. The discord began in 1967, when it was decided that the small sail portion of the structure, which was intended for stage productions, would house the opera, and the large sail, intended to house the opera, would serve as the concert hall. Not only did this leave the concert hall with an overabundance of seats, but it meant that the pit in the opera house was constrained to a tiny area that made it difficult for musicians to hear themselves and their fellow musicians. But sweeter sounds may lie ahead. Last year, plans were announced for a $202 million renovation, complete with acoustical upgrades, which could, at last, make the Sydney Opera House sound as good as it looks.
Thomas Jefferson famously favored frugality and eschewed excess, a philosophy that extended to his personal design sense. Arguing that staircases were a waste of space, Jefferson opted not to build a grand staircase for his home, Monticello, choosing instead a steep and narrow flight of stairs. Other amenities were similarly sparing, from a dinner table that was set up only at mealtime, to space-saving beds that folded into the walls. The most ornate fixture of Monticello, the octagonal cupola atop the western wing of the estate, housed an elegant sitting room that was seldom used because it was too hot in summer and too cold in winter. See more…