Kandalama Hotel

DSC06956Kandalama Hotel – Geoffrey Bawa – 1994

Resting neatly in the hillside of Kandalama this unique hotel really does look as if part of the landscape and offers great views of its surrounding area.

DSC06959I had almost given up hope of seeing this building but luckily for me out tour guide was able to arrange a taxi to take me there whilst the group that I was travelling with were visiting another attraction.DSC06979

Royal Albert Dock

DSC06444Royal Albert Dock – Jesse Hartley/Phillip Hardwick – 1846

Honoured by the official title of the Royal in 2018 the Royal Albert Dock is now a cultural hub of Liverpool comprising of restaurants and museums including the Tate Liverpool.

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Majolica House

DSC08241Majolica House – Otto Wagner – 1899

Majolica House is a beautiful example of the Jugendstil movement. The facade is the only visible part of the building. The interior is privately owned, apartments I think. It is difficult to to clearly see all of the details of this building. You have to cross the road to get a good view but the detailing in the design of this exterior is striking. Another Wagner gem.

The Secession Building

dsc08166.jpgThe Secession Building – Joseph Maria Olbrich – 1898

The Viennese Secession movement, was founded by a group of artists including Gustav Klimt, Josef Hoffman and Joseph Maria Olbrich. The secession building was designed by Olbrich and built as an exhibition centre.

In the basement of the building there is a very special piece of artwork by Klimt, the Beethoven Frieze which is painted on the upper walls in one of the rooms and was a real treat to discover.

IMG_3754The Secession building has been immortalised in the 50 cent euro coin proving its significance 120 years later.

Apartment building Gasometer B

img_3314.jpgApartment building Gasometer B – Coop Himmelb(l)au – 2001

Gasometer B is the only of the four Gasometers to be redesigned with a new external structure. The glass viewing platform connects with the old Gasometer which provides a contrast between two different architectural styles and well as preserving an old building for future use.

Friedensreich Hundertwasser

b. 15.12.1928 d. 19.02.2000

Hundertwasser was a Viennese born artist known not only for his artwork but also for his work in architecture. His buildings can probably be described as works of art in themselves due to his artistic  approach. Vienna unsurprising is home to some of his most noteable works. The most famous of which the Hundertwasser house. Hundertwasser also spent part of his life living in New Zealand. A few years ago I had the opportunity to stop at a very popular tourist destination. The Hundertwasser toilets on New Zealand’s North Island which, safe to say were unlike any toilets I had ever seen before!

Hundertwasser House

DSC08315Hundertwasser House – Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Joseph Krawina – 1983 – 1985

This building is well worth the visit. It is unlike any building that I’ve seen before but stunning in it’s own right. This building certainly stands out on the Street but it has a small garden and community area that has been built around around it to the side.This makes it possible to become completely immersed in another world, the world of Hundertwasser!

I found this unicorn on the courtyard of the cafe at the Hudertwasser house.

Montjuic Telecommunication Tower

DSC05786Montjuic Telecommunications Tower – Santiago Calatrava – 1992

Designed for the Olympic Games hosted by Barcelona in 1992. The tower’s main purpose was functional (to transmit television coverage of the games). Calatrava added his own sculptural style to produce a tower of both functional and aesthetic value. This eye-catching tower that has now become one of Barcelona’s landmarks can be seen from various points throughout the city. As well as being a beautiful piece of sculpture representing the Olympic Games from afar what you don’t see unless close up is it’s white base (seen at the bottom of the photo). After visiting the tower I learned that the white mosaic (trencadis) base was designed specifically to pay homage to Antoni Gaudi, one of the city’s master architects.

 

The Barcelona Pavillion

DSC05694The Barcelona Pavilion – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe- 1929

Designed by Mies van der Rohe the Barcelona Pavillion was the German entry for the 1929 international exposition in Barcelona. The structure is very in keeping with the work and style of Mies van der Rohe. The design, simple, the lines, clean and the finish, luxurious. The architect’s use of marble really adds to the beauty and elegance of the pavilion whilst keeping to his all important ethos ‘Less is more’.DSC05680DSC05732The very well known chair (pictured above) was designed by Mies van der Rohe along with furniture designer Lily Reich. It was designed especially for this exhibition and was aptly named ‘The Barcelona chair’. The chair ( although most commonly seen in black) has become an icon in 20th century furniture design.

After the exposition the pavilion was dismantled as it was only ever intended to be a temporary structure. Fortunately in 1983 the pavilion was reconstructed from original plans and photographs. It was compleated 1986.DSC05731This cantilever chair was also designed by Mies van der Rohe. It sits on the base of the pavilion providing the person who sells the entry tickets with a comfortable (and stylish) place to sit. Which is a perfect touch.