Test Entry: Calatrava's St. John the Divine
I would just like to comment on a fascinating piece of architechture which was never actually built- Santiago Calatrava's concept for New York's St. John the Divine. The piece got a lot of negative reviews, particularly from members of the Episcopalian Diocese, because it does not appear to blend very well with the rest of the cathedral. I, personally, very much like Calatrava's addition. Yes, of course, its not exactly done in the same style, but at the same time I don't feel that the two styles necessarily conflict. I like classical architecture for the reason that it is solid, rooted, symetrical and generally pleasing to the eye. When I look at Calatrava's piece, I see many of the same qualities except the difference being his use of nonlinear and more natural lines and forms and the tendency of his structures to feel airy and light. I feel like these styles work together quite well. In fact, I have always enjoyed when classical style meets modern styles because it seems as though the classical style ties the entire structure down and provides a good foundation for the modern.