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The architecture of Armenia responds to both past traditions and the country's earthquake-prone geography. Known for medieval churches, Armenia has also become home to modern projects that reinterpret familiar construction methods and organizational principles. Acknowledging a reputation for sturdy concrete and stone structures, the country's contemporary architects are experimenting with different materials to create lighter and more open structures. Historic buildings in Armenia feature thick walls and low-slung profiles, usually made of a readily available material like stone. From ancient geometric groundwork to massive rock walls, the country's built environment dates back millennia. This history was continuously influenced by regional cultures and religions, and more recently, by large building projects. Beyond the country's borders, the Armenian diaspora led to sacred architecture and churches to be constructed around the world. The following projects look back into the country itself to examine the new buildings and architecture built over the last ten years. View more View full description
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