Ørestad Gymnasium

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Ørestad Gymnasium – Copenhagen – 3XN

8 house

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8 House – Bjarke Ingels Group – Copenhagen A housing development in the Orestad neighbourhood of Copenhagen.  The area is literally on the edge of the City (cattle grazed in the field opposite the 8 House) and still in the … Continue reading

copenhagen arrival

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On my way into Copenhagen for a contemporary architectural tour.  I’m interested to see if new Danish architecture is really such a BIG deal. . . (sorry, couldn’t resist). Trivia: I was surprised to find out that Copenhagen is actually … Continue reading

abc museum

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ABC Museum, Illustration and Design Center, Madrid  – Aranguren & Gallegos Architects This museum building is hidden within a residential neighbourhood to the north of Gran Via in  Madrid.  The brilliant white criss crossed sunscreen blades differentiate the facade from … Continue reading


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Parasol, Seville – La Encarnación – Architect Jürgen Mayer-Hermann The Parasol is an enormous sunshade and viewing platform covering a square in Seville.  It is said to be the largest freestanding wood structure in the world.  It is an incredibly striking … Continue reading

museu reina sofia

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Museu Reina Sofia Madrid – Jean Nouvel addition This addition to the famous Reina Sofia museum, home of Guernica among several hundred other works,  is notable for having been actually named after the architect that designed it – the Nouvel Addition. … Continue reading

caixa forum madrid

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Caixa Forum Madrid – Herzog & de Meuron A materially and experientially rich building renovation in Madrid.  The renovation consisted of removing the ground floor of the building and adding two floors above clad in rusted and perforated steel.  The … Continue reading

one new change

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One New Change – Jean Nouvel This is a new shopping complex located to the east of St. Paul’s cathedral.  The fragmented geometry and proximity to London’s most cherished landmark has made it a controversial project.  The building defers to … Continue reading

stephen lawrence centre

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Stephen Lawrence Centre, Deptford – Adjaye This youth centre in Deptford, a typical east end neighbourhood, is a humble but formally ambitious project.  The facade is composed of expanded aluminum panels and flush frameless glazing printed with organic patterns.  The … Continue reading

selfridges department store

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Selfridges Department Store, Birmingham UK- Future Systems I briefly passed through Birmingham and visited the bulbous Selfridges department store.  The facade surface appears to be a stucco facade with curved metal discs following the contours of the undulating facade.  The … Continue reading

ravensbourne college

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Ravensbourne College, London – Foreign Office Architects The college is located adjacent to the Millennium Dome and is defined by the intricate facade treatment.  The circular windows are defined by the faceted metal panels in a pattern that is reminiscent … Continue reading

town hall hotel

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Town Hall Hotel and Apartments, London – rare architecture An addition and renovation of an existing historical building, the project wraps the top floor and back of the building with a perforated metal skin.  The intricate pattern is said to … Continue reading

kinetica art fair 2012

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The Kinetica Art Fair 2012 took place in London a few weeks ago.  There was a fascinating collection of kinetic art.  The most intriguing pieces on show were handmade, intricate machines that either mimicked biological movements or seemed to react … Continue reading


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There are a few projects by David Adjaye in East London.  Below you can see his Dirty House and the Rivington Gallery.  The Rivington is especially refined in its execution.