Morgaine

Posts Tagged ‘architecture’

Casa Amatller

In Too lazy to assign a category on August 22, 2008 at 8:26 pm

Casa Amatller

J.Salmoral uploaded this image to flickr, click the image and follow the link to the original page

Casa Amatller, designed by the architect Puig i Cadafalch. It can be found at Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona .

Read and post comments | Send to a friend

Shigeru Ban

In Too lazy to assign a category on July 30, 2007 at 10:57 am

Shigeru Ban (坂茂, Ban Shigeru; born 1957 in Tokyo, Japan) is an accomplished Japanese and international architect, most famous for his innovative work with paper, particularly recycled cardboard paper tubes used to quickly and efficiently house disaster victims. Shigeru Ban was the winner in 2005 at age 48 of the 40th annual Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He was profiled by Time Magazine in their projection of 21st century innovators in the field of architecture and design (source: Wikipedia).

On Friday he lifted the veil on a paper bridge over the Gardon River in southern France.

Built half a mile from the Pont du Gard — a section of ancient Roman bridge classed as a UN World Heritage site — Shigeru's cardboard-tube structure is strong enough to carry 20 people at a time.

Reaching over the water to a sandy islet mid-river, it opens to the public for six weeks starting on Monday, before it is dismantled for the rainy season (source: France 24).

The image “https://i1.wp.com/img407.imageshack.us/img407/7936/20070727pontdepapiermd6yu1.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

For more examples of his work, see Shigeru Ban Architects.

Read and post comments | Send to a friend

François Mitterrand Library

In Too lazy to assign a category on February 25, 2007 at 11:41 am

https://i0.wp.com/img222.imageshack.us/img222/5081/tresgrandebibliothequeszf1.jpg

This library, known as the “Trés Grande Bibliothèque” (Very Large Library) was built in 1996 in an industrial area of Paris by the river Seine. Four towers, shaped to recall four opened books were designed to house the Bibliothèque Nationale de France collection of books and manuscripts.

More than 10 millions of books are store behind these glasses, protected from the light by wooden boards.

Image and text by Spirit of Paris

Read and post comments | Send to a friend

Ponte Tower

In Too lazy to assign a category on February 24, 2007 at 9:55 am

The image “https://i2.wp.com/farm1.static.flickr.com/10/14379709_61fd9465c6.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

The image “https://i2.wp.com/farm1.static.flickr.com/17/20711827_e6e9cfa3ad.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

The image “https://i1.wp.com/farm1.static.flickr.com/15/20711852_9642ef349e.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

The image “https://i1.wp.com/farm1.static.flickr.com/17/20711876_d98d3b4afa.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

All images above by represent.co.za

It's been described by some as something out of Star Wars with its unusual inner perspectives; by others as the Tower of Babel. It's the tallest residential building in the city with a huge flashing Vodacom advertisement on its roof. It's probably one of the most striking urban landmarks in southern Africa.

It's the cylindrical Ponte City, of course, standing tall on the edge of Hillbrow's flatlands, at 54 storeys. Completed in 1975 at a cost of R11-million, it was in its heyday one of the city's most sought-after addresses, described by newspapers at the time as "heaven on earth".

Ponte is a huge hollow cylinder, with the rock it was built on still visible at the base of the cylinder, if you have the courage to stick your head out one of the upper floor windows to look down. In fact, it's hard to focus on the bottom from the top without the roundness and depth tugging at you, almost pulling you down.

Ponte went through a period in the 90s when it attracted criminal tenants, who most people believed were Nigerian druglords, in keeping with the general deterioration of conditions in Hillbrow. The streets of the suburb still show signs of that degeneration: they're blowing with garbage, the pavements are dotted with hawkers and their wares, and unemployed people gather in groups on street corners.

Perhaps Ponte hit its lowest point when in 1998 it was suggested by the ANC Youth League that it be turned into a prison, an idea soon discarded.

Over the years suicides have taken place from Ponte, although no record of the exact number has been kept. Grosskopff says that soon after it was built, several suicides occurred. There have been two since 2000, the last one occurring 18 months ago. The tall windows were designed to make jumping out more difficult, he says. The windows around the inner core were all barred, and most still are.

City of Johannesburg website

The tower was called Little Lagos, as it was believed to be controlled by Nigerian drugs maffia, a modern version of Sodom and Gomorra, but currently a lot is done to get rid of that stigma.

There are 54 floors, 470 apartments, and about 2 500 inhabitants, an apartment costing about € 120 a month.

Read and post comments | Send to a friend

Sky Corridors

In Too lazy to assign a category on February 5, 2007 at 7:35 pm

Sky Corridors

Uqbar uploaded this image to flickr, click the image and follow the link to the original page

Read and post comments | Send to a friend