Archive for the ‘Cityscape’ Category

Tjuvholmen Developments, Oslo

January 18, 2012

On a cold winter’s evening after a day of photographing landscape architecture projects I was exploring the new developments on the south side of Aker Brygge at Tjuvholmen. A new hotel and gallery complex is dramatically forming. With only the surrounding ambient light and a few stray floodlights from the docks behind, some interesting results were achieved.

Landscape Architecture

January 18, 2012

At Hundven-Clements Photography we relish challenges. So when Link Landskap Arkitektur, based in Oslo, decided to conduct a study of their recently completed landscape projects we were more than happy to help. Landscape architecture has not directly played a prominent role in our core business previously and therefore had to be approached with extra care.

The primary challenge is that projects are often literally the walkways, steps, greenery or our cities infrastructure. So finding the right light to describe the projects was critical. Whilst a range of contemporary day time images focusing on human interaction formed the core of the documentation (which can be viewed here : Landscape Architecture Portfolio), the client was very excited by the more alternative night shots. Here is a small selection. Please let us know what you think.

Eger Shopping Centre, Karl Johan Gate, Oslo

November 1, 2011

This is Norways most prestigious high end retail shopping centre. Based in the centre of Oslo between the central station and the palace on Karl Johan’s Street it sits in a prime location. The renovation and joining of multiple adjacent buildings was Link Arkitekter’s largest challenge. The complex interior space is set across three floors, cleaverly connected by a collection of ramps, walkways and stairs.

Lombard Street Offices

April 10, 2011

The historic offices of 6 Lombard Street stand in the heart of London City on top of Bank Underground Station. This dramatic setting is located next to the Royal Exchange and the Bank of England. Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects have been involved with many of the ongoing developments at this site for years. Providing multi functioning office environments that can be tailor designed when a company moves has been PRS main challenge.

The exterior received a face lift with some dramatic detailing on the lighting which automatically turns on just after night fall for a limited period to conserve energy. The ornate Georgian features have been emphasized while achieving a contemporary elegance.

Vågen Videregående Skole, Sandnes, Stavanger, Norway

December 20, 2010

The Vågen Skole has just been completed as the first excited students begin to arrive. Justifiably very proud of the latest creation by Link Arkitektur AS. The college is situated in the fjords of Sandnes, surrounded by the industrial elements of the town, every inch of space was utilised to mazimise the capacity. The buildings plan ends only centermeters from the council boundaries.

 

A large structure for such a small town is cleverly intergrated by the delicate choice of materials. The sand coloured cladding reflects the nordic light beautifully, creating a positive energy in an otherwise drab part of town. It feels like Sandnes is on the right track to architectural revival.

 

Ortygia, Syracuse, Sicilia

September 28, 2009

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Italo Rota, Toy Building 1, Milan, Italy.

April 27, 2009

Whilst shooting an urban regeneration project at Varsine in Milan for Ove Arup I stumbled across this fascinating Futurist sculpture late one evening. It is Designed by Italo Rota and entitled Toy Building to commemorate the centennial of the Founding Manifesto of Futurism. Unveiled at 6.30pm on February 3rd 09 in the Piazza Duomo, it stands alongside Milan’s most recognisable architectural structure the Duomo Cathedral.

The instillation is complimented with a sound scape by DJ Spooky an American artist, that resonates from speakers hidden within the angular form. The sounds initially draw you in but soon become overwhelming with a range of voices and abstract noises layed on top of each other resulting in a disorientation and confusion.

Part of the Made Expo, it will remain in the Piazza until June 09.

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Blueprint Magazine September 2008, Experimental Architecture.

August 13, 2008

 

 

 

London appears to embrace ‘Architecture’ and ‘Design’ more readily year on year. Sections of the city are occasionally transformed from their regular appearance into showcases for fascinating geometric structures challenging the environment and it’s occupants to interact.

The ‘British Pavillion’ has certainly evolved, here we have two examples from Bedford Square, in the historic district Bloomsbury. Hot off the drawing board these are surprisingly effective and well considered examples of recent work from the Architectural Association. The ‘Swoosh Pavilion’ designed by 12 second and third-year students is 60M wide and wraps around a wrought iron Georgian lamp-post. The [C] Pavilion was designed by two alumini of the AA’s Design research Laboratory, Alan Dempsey and Alvin Huang, project co-ordinated by Patrik Schumacher and Yusuke Obuchi.

Frank Gehry Architect, Cinémathèque Française, Paris, France.

August 5, 2008

PARIS: For the better part of a decade, this city’s only Frank Gehry building has been standing abandoned, a sad monument to a failed American dream.It was planned as a new headquarters for the American Center of Paris, which was founded in 1931 and had long drawn crowds to its rambling Left Bank home as a place to discover American culture and to learn English.

But the dream of a dazzling image went sour. The new center opened in June 1994 – and closed just 19 months later.

Bad planning was one culprit. The new center absorbed almost all the £21 million raised by the sale of the old center on the Boulevard Raspail, leaving little to cover its running costs. With a minimal endowment, dwindling private donations and no U.S. government support, the organization was forced to put Gehry’s neo-Classical-style and Cubist creation up for sale.

Now, thanks to the French government, the building has begun a new life, this time as the headquarters of the Cinémathèque Française, the legendary film center that was the cradle of the New Wave movies of the 1950s and ’60s. To make this happen, the government chipped in about £11 million for the building and spent £20 million on adapting its interior.

Extensive alteration was necessary. Originally designed around exhibition spaces, artists’ studios and a state-of-the-art theater, it now has to accommodate four new movie theaters of different sizes and France’s film library. But the original atrium has survived, and two floors are still reserved for exhibitions, while its distinct exterior remains unchanged.

What makes this transformation unusual is that it was not carried out by Gehry, although he did participate in the selection of Dominique Brard of l’Atelier de l’île as the project’s architect. “It’s unique for someone else to rework a contemporary building designed by a living architect,” Brard told Libération, the Paris daily. “Above all, Gehry!”

Article by Alan Riding, International Herald Tribune.

Wallpaper Travel Guide, Bologna, Italy.

May 14, 2008

April has been a busy month working on the Wallpaper City Travel Guide to Bologna, Italy. This is a book the Wallpaper Magazine produces in conjunction with Phaidon Press. Due out at the end of 2008.

Here’s a little sample from a day not shooting for the book.

 

 

Strada Maggiore, Bologna, Italy

 

 


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