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Paul Perschke. Big Red Ball

Fabulous intervention/art work seen here in Paris. Every day finds it in a new home. I love to see colour in the landscape, this  sphere of colour is an event in itself. Simple and beautiful.

Further to a conversation I had with a friend today, it isn’t always necessary to understand a piece to enjoy it.

Paul Perschke. Big Red Ball

Fabulous intervention/art work seen here in Paris. Every day finds it in a new home. I love to see colour in the landscape, this sphere of colour is an event in itself. Simple and beautiful.

Further to a conversation I had with a friend today, it isn’t always necessary to understand a piece to enjoy it.

Bernd and Hilla Becher.

A German couple who took series of photos of industrial structures.
Is there an intrinsic beauty to these buildings, or does the repetition create the idea of beauty in our minds? Has the artist drawn our attention to something which was already there?
I’ve always loved water towers, so I know what my answer would be. 
Like bridges, these structures allow an industrial architect to fly. The Bauhaus were right, form does follow function.
Take a look at one of the Becher’s books and see what you think. Better still, next time you see a water tower, go and have a good look. Find the intrinsic beauty.

Bernd and Hilla Becher.

A German couple who took series of photos of industrial structures.
Is there an intrinsic beauty to these buildings, or does the repetition create the idea of beauty in our minds? Has the artist drawn our attention to something which was already there?
I’ve always loved water towers, so I know what my answer would be.
Like bridges, these structures allow an industrial architect to fly. The Bauhaus were right, form does follow function.
Take a look at one of the Becher’s books and see what you think. Better still, next time you see a water tower, go and have a good look. Find the intrinsic beauty.

Venray Town Centre. By MTD Landschapsarchitecten

Winner of awards and plaudits (Topos link).
So what makes it good? At first glance it doesn’t seem much. Nothing massively new or startling. 
What it does so well is react to, and relate to, it’s surroundings. The choice of materials and street furniture enhance what is already a very strong street-scape.
There are new elements to the scheme; check out the click through link, and the light stands in particular.  What is different about this scheme is that is doesn’t try too hard. It doesn’t shout, it just quietly gets on wirth the job. MTD have brought all of the existing architectural elements together to make a whole which is greater than the sum of it’s parts. We don’t always need to create something unique, or different. We can bind a place together with sensitive choices of materials, texture, and colour. 
Click thought the photo to MTD’s site. Lots of good stuff there. 

Venray Town Centre. By MTD Landschapsarchitecten

Winner of awards and plaudits (Topos link).

So what makes it good? At first glance it doesn’t seem much. Nothing massively new or startling. 

What it does so well is react to, and relate to, it’s surroundings. The choice of materials and street furniture enhance what is already a very strong street-scape.

There are new elements to the scheme; check out the click through link, and the light stands in particular.  What is different about this scheme is that is doesn’t try too hard. It doesn’t shout, it just quietly gets on wirth the job. MTD have brought all of the existing architectural elements together to make a whole which is greater than the sum of it’s parts. We don’t always need to create something unique, or different. We can bind a place together with sensitive choices of materials, texture, and colour. 

Click thought the photo to MTD’s site. Lots of good stuff there. 

Birmingham has a new city park. 
In an area which is still in development the city has wisely decided that a park is an important investment which cannot be overlooked. Millennium Point and the Curzon St train station have existed isolation for many years now. The new city park goes some way to draw these elements together, plus the canal and railway. 
There is further development planned, not least the new station for the HS2 line. Birmingham City University is relocating to this area, which will hopefully become a new focal point in the city.

The Corten structures in this picture are a fantastic bit of sculpture which add a vertical element to the park, and add organic forms to the rectilinear code of the design. 

Follow the click through link to a blog post with more photos and review.

Birmingham has a new city park.
In an area which is still in development the city has wisely decided that a park is an important investment which cannot be overlooked. Millennium Point and the Curzon St train station have existed isolation for many years now. The new city park goes some way to draw these elements together, plus the canal and railway.
There is further development planned, not least the new station for the HS2 line. Birmingham City University is relocating to this area, which will hopefully become a new focal point in the city.

The Corten structures in this picture are a fantastic bit of sculpture which add a vertical element to the park, and add organic forms to the rectilinear code of the design.

Follow the click through link to a blog post with more photos and review.

conceptlandscape:



Landscape Architecture: gh3Name: Scholars’ Green ParkLocation: Mississauga, ONDesign Year: 2010-2011Construction Year: 2011-2012Area: 1.2 haBudget: $3.0 million CAD



Linked from Lewis Chance. So very very true!

conceptlandscape:

Landscape Architecture: gh3
Name: Scholars’ Green Park
Location: Mississauga, ON
Design Year: 2010-2011
Construction Year: 2011-2012
Area: 1.2 ha
Budget: $3.0 million CAD

Linked from Lewis Chance. So very very true!

(Source: landscape35mm, via lewischance)

Study for Continuum (With thanks to Sam Roberts)

It’s been a while…Anyway. Today’s picture is from Lyon. There is an underground carpark under the city square, which is worth a look in itself. What I love here though is the view through a periscope, down, into the car park. The mirror at the base of the shaft turns the whole experience into a huge, concrete, version of a childs kaleidescope. A very neat idea of inverting the viewing experience.

The click through will take you through to a whole group of interesting carparks. Some clever ideas in there.

It’s been a while…
Anyway. Today’s picture is from Lyon. There is an underground carpark under the city square, which is worth a look in itself. What I love here though is the view through a periscope, down, into the car park. The mirror at the base of the shaft turns the whole experience into a huge, concrete, version of a childs kaleidescope. A very neat idea of inverting the viewing experience.

The click through will take you through to a whole group of interesting carparks. Some clever ideas in there.

West 8. Trajan Market. Rome


An awesome looking intervention here. What I can tell you is that it was designed by the superstars at West 8, and sponsored by the Dutch embassy. Other than that, no details. I saw it in a book on a colleague’s desk, whilst they were at lunch. 
Anyway, it’s a fantastic intervention. There is no way one should, or could, compete with the extraordinary  back drop of the Roman architecture. West 8’s solution of dramatic lighting and an out of context moment of grass works so well. 
Click through to the West 8 site and further pictures and information, or click here for the archidose blog and their details of the site. 

West 8. Trajan Market. Rome

An awesome looking intervention here. What I can tell you is that it was designed by the superstars at West 8, and sponsored by the Dutch embassy. Other than that, no details. I saw it in a book on a colleague’s desk, whilst they were at lunch. 

Anyway, it’s a fantastic intervention. There is no way one should, or could, compete with the extraordinary  back drop of the Roman architecture. West 8’s solution of dramatic lighting and an out of context moment of grass works so well. 

Click through to the West 8 site and further pictures and information, or click here for the archidose blog and their details of the site. 

Reiulf Arkitekter. Trollstigen 
One of many new buildings forming the new National Tourist Routes in Norway. This structure sits in the landscape like a modernist sketch. The concrete has been textured in different ways to great effect, almost seeming as different materials. Cor-ten steel has an organic colour to it, letting it react with the landscape around it.  
The tourist routes show off the best of the amazing landscape of Norway, and feature some beautiful structures along each route. One more reason to visit Norway. Website here: http://www.nasjonaleturistveger.no/en
Click through to the Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter site.

Reiulf Arkitekter. Trollstigen 

One of many new buildings forming the new National Tourist Routes in Norway. This structure sits in the landscape like a modernist sketch. The concrete has been textured in different ways to great effect, almost seeming as different materials. Cor-ten steel has an organic colour to it, letting it react with the landscape around it.  

The tourist routes show off the best of the amazing landscape of Norway, and feature some beautiful structures along each route. One more reason to visit Norway. Website here: http://www.nasjonaleturistveger.no/en

Click through to the Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter site.

Thomas Heatherwick Studios

Model of the Olympic Cauldron.
I know I’m posting Heatherwick again, but God he’s good! The cherry on the top of the amazingly impressive opening ceremony cake was the lighting of the Olympic cauldron. It was theatrical without being silly. Inventive, eccentric, unique. Everything innovative design should be. 
The click through will send you to the RIBA Facebook page, where they have a collection of photos of the models and drawing associated with cauldron. If you haven’t seen the opening ceremony yet, well get on with it. You really are missing a treat. 

Thomas Heatherwick Studios

Model of the Olympic Cauldron.

I know I’m posting Heatherwick again, but God he’s good! The cherry on the top of the amazingly impressive opening ceremony cake was the lighting of the Olympic cauldron. It was theatrical without being silly. Inventive, eccentric, unique. Everything innovative design should be. 

The click through will send you to the RIBA Facebook page, where they have a collection of photos of the models and drawing associated with cauldron. If you haven’t seen the opening ceremony yet, well get on with it. You really are missing a treat.