Having worked in construction for a large portion of his career, John Barley has a longstanding interest in architecture and is often fascinated by the techniques used to construct old buildings. The following are some interesting pieces of trivia related to the industry.
- There is a bridge in Lima, Peru that was built using mortar that was mixed with ten thousand egg whites, instead of water. The Bridge of Eggs was made in the early seventh century and has stood the test of time as it is still standing today.
- The glass dome on the Reichstag Building in Berlin, Germany is affectionately nicknamed ‘The Cheese Cover’. It is symbolic in that it offers people the chance to literally oversee legislators to ensure liberties cannot be hindered.
- For many years the Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world. Though it has since lost that distinction, you may be interested to learn that ten million bricks were used in its construction.
- A ‘Jib Door’ is the name given to a camouflaged door that is hidden in the walls of a room. They are commonly seen in old English manor homes and would traditionally be the entrances to rooms where servants worked.
- The industrious people of Nepal are able to make use of many materials that modern builders and architects would not consider. This is why many of the houses in the country have been built using cow dung, which is usually mixed with sand, clay and mud.
John Barley is an experienced business leader and architecture enthusiast.