Sunday, 1 March 2015

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Polychrome Marble Chapel

Details from a polychromatic marbled Chapel in Santa Maria in Monserrato degli Spagnoli, Rome, by Francisco Gòmez Garcìa (18th Century)

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Four Flourishes From a Tel Aviv Side Street

The local lending library, run by a lady whose living room is the lit window immediately behind, from where she can monitor loans, donations and notices.

Summer living room

Expectant cat

Looming side entrance

Monday, 25 November 2013

Tel Aviv Winter Skyline

^looking east

The Tel Aviv skyline in winter, seen from a rooftop in the Kerem HaTeimanim.

^looking east

^looking south

^looking north east

 ^looking west

Monday, 8 April 2013

Demolition Dinosaur

Walking from the city centre of Newcastle towards the Ouseburn river we could hear vast, echoing noises that sounded like the groanings, creakings, crackings and stompings of a ginormous animal, tearing away at some jurassic trees or the like. As we followed the curve of the bank, there was indeed something like an animal, doing violent things, tearing away at something. A tall, long, chomping pincer was eating its way slowly, methodically, through a big old concrete warehouse, the last of its kind on the grand old Tyne. The building was massive, heavy, and looked so permanent, but the demolition dinosaur was inevitably going to win as it precisely tore away chunks of floor, pulled out tangles of rebar, revealed doors, locked and unlocked, toilets, kitchens, office desks and windows in an awesome display of sped-up architectural decomposition.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Palazzo dei Congressi

Interior photos (from 2007) of the Palazzo dei Congressi in Rome -1950- EUR, by Adalberto Libera. A highly complex form of temporally grounded architectural timelessness that stands with equal redolence amongst the likes of Kahn's Dhaka and Terragni's Danteum.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Roppongi Bouquet

A bouquet of buildings picturesquely clinging to each other at a junction on the edge of the Roppongi area of Tokyo, looking for all the world as if they were one discrete, hyper complex architectural composition. I saw this kind of situation happening in various places around the city, as I'd seen previously in Kobe on another holiday, but this was the most singular instance I encountered on this trip.

Little Tower in Shinbashi

As far as I've seen there is no such thing as a party wall in Tokyo, with buildings often separated by extremely narrow gaps of between 30 and 50cm, which for the life of my I cannot understand how people keep clean, but which they must do since they are almost always nice and tidy. These gaps, tiny plots and total lack of space mean that thin and tall 'pencil' buildings are quite common, sometimes with staggering height to base-width ratios.

These buildings are however usually clustered together like commuters on a crowded train along the city's streets, or like architectural bouquets in isolated clumps-in-the-round, often in the middle of a tangle of roads. On the way to Ginza, walking through Shinbashi, I passed this singularly proud little extrusion, a typically tiny building with one room on each floor, windows on two sides, and five stories high, but here he is standing alone in the corner of a car park, only really taking up as much space as one of the cars parked around him, acting bravely as sentinel to the junction he fronts.