Friday, September 22, 2017

Broadgate Circle

Broadgate Circle, Exchange House, Exchange Square, Broadgate, City of London
Broadgate Circle, Exchange House, Exchange Square
Broadgate, City of London
London, September 2016

“As a highly regarded urban space, the recent alterations to the Circle have been proposed with a clear and concise rationale. The changes have dramatically enhanced the amenity and civic provision, whilst celebrating the original qualities of the Circle. The Circle is one of the best examples of the travertine use in the UK. The architectural detail and workmanship of the stone with interfacing materials is exemplary. Bronze anodised aluminium and Siberian larch have been used to complement the travertine, and this simple and elegant materials palette enhances the elegance of the Circle’s form and geometry. Nestled within the 54 travertine columns is the reconstructed first floor restaurant, which is completely open beneath. It is now a wider, triple aspect unit with commanding views over the Circle. The first floor cantilevers forwards and backwards from the columns, benefitting from a refined structural strategy which transfers the additional loads back to the original.” (Broadgate Circle, Arup Associates)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Two Men in a Boat

Two men in a boat, Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli, Florence
Two men in a boat
Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli
Florence, April 2015

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Neue Synagoge

Neue Synagoge (New Synagogue), Oranienburger Straße, Berlin
Neue Synagoge (New Synagogue), 1866
Oranienburger Straße
Berlin, September 2011

“The front of the building, facing Oranienburger Straße, is richly ornamented with shaped bricks and terracotta, accented by coloured glazed bricks. Beyond the entrance, the building's alignment changes to mesh with pre-existing structures. The synagogue's main dome with its gilded ribs is an eye-catching sight. The central dome is flanked by two smaller pavilion-like domes on the two side-wings. Beyond the façade was the front hall and the main hall with 3,000 seats. Due to the unfavourable alignment of the property, the building's design required adjustment along a slightly turned axis. The Neue Synagoge is also a monument of early iron construction. The new building material (iron was previously not used in building construction) was visible in its use for the outside columns, as well as in the dome's construction. (Iron was also a core component for the now-lost floor structure of the main hall.)” (New Synagogue, Wikipedia)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Aquila

Aquila (Eagle) fountain by Bruno Buracchini, Piazza Postierla, Siena
Aquila (Eagle) fountain by Bruno Buracchini, 1963
Piazza Postierla
Siena, April 2017

“The fountain of Aquila (eagle) contrada features Bruno Buraccini’s bronze sculpture of an eagle with wings partially extended and was inaugurated in 1965. It is located in a corner known as Quattro Cantoni where Via di Citta becomes Via di Stalloreggi, about 200 meters south of the Campo in Terzo di Città. Aquila’s saint day is the feast of the Nativity of Mary, celebrated on September 8.” (Siena's Contrada Fountains, La Bella Vita in Italia)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Wind Sculpture

“Wind Sculpture” by Yinka Shonibare, 2014
Howick Place
London, September 2016

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Lamp Post

Cast iron lamp post, Piazza Santa Croce, Florence
Cast iron lamp post
Piazza Santa Croce
Florence, April 2015

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Palau Güell

Detail of a chimney, Palau Güell by Antoni Gaudí, Carrer Nou de la Rambla, El Raval, Barcelona
Detail of a chimney, Palau Güell by Antoni Gaudí, 1888
Carrer Nou de la Rambla, El Raval
Barcelona, March 2017

“The Palau Güell (Güell Palace) is a mansion designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí for the industrial tycoon Eusebi Güell and built between 1886 and 1888. It is situated on the Carrer Nou de la Rambla, in the El Raval neighbourhood of the city of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Works of Antoni Gaudí’. The home is centered around the main room for entertaining high society guests. Guests entered the home in horse-drawn carriages through the front iron gates, which featured a parabolic arch and intricate patterns of forged ironwork resembling seaweed and in some parts a horsewhip. Animals could be taken down a ramp and kept in the livery stable in the basement where the servants resided, while the guests went up the stairs to the receiving room. The ornate walls and ceilings of the receiving room disguised small viewing windows high on the walls where the owners of the home could view their guests from the upper floor and get a "sneak peek" before greeting them, in case they needed to adjust their attire accordingly. The main party room has a high ceiling with small holes near the top where lanterns were hung at night from the outside to give the appearance of a starlit sky.” (Palau Güell, Wikipedia)