Sponsored by King Urnamu of Ur, 2112 BCE, Nanna Ziggurat is a magnificent, mud-brick building that was dedicated to the moon god Nanna.
The building is made of mud brick, which gives it an earthly color and makes the structure seem very ancient and dull in appearance. But the composition of the bricks, which are stacked on one another to form a block-like, rectangular looking shape with a base of 205 by 141 feet, gives the structure a very stable and powerful look.
This structure gives a great emphasis of volume when looked at directly from the front, especially with the grand staircase diagonally leading to the top and covering a great distance from front to back, also adding motion to the building. But as you look towards the sides of the building, they appear more flat and more two dimensional in appearance with no sense of motion at all, but rather a very stable look.
The surface structure of Nanna Ziggurat is very rough. Like i mentioned above, the texture and the color add to its roughness and war-like look that makes the structure look very powerful and undefeated. If there was more color added to the building, i think it would soften it and highlight some of the interesting parts, but at the same time, it will weaken the appearance of the structure. It is very interesting how This construction is so boring, and yet so powerful in appearance with some sense of movement at the staircase.