Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves.
This week, Tina invites us to share examples of interesting architecture from our archives or from our recent travels. I’m a big fan of classic architecture, which never fails to astonish me. But much to my surprise, I chose 3 images of modern buildings from our recent stay in Vancouver and 1 photo of a classic structure from a trip to London two years ago.
I watched the construction of the Vancouver House over several years. It has a stunning architectural design that is wide at the top, but it dramatically narrows on the way down. At last, this ultra luxury condo has been completed and owners now occupy the apartments. I captured it on a recent evening at twilight.
Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.
– Frank Gehry
The Vancouver skyline changes every time I visit. As you can see, a number of modern skyscrapers face the harbor and have spectacular views. I wonder whether by Frank Gehry’s definition, these buildings will seem timeless 20 or 30 years from now. These new skyscrapers made from steel and tinted glass feature balconies, open floor plans and stainless steel appliances. As we move towards more sustainable and recycled materials like mass wood and ferrock, I wonder if these structures will seem timeless!
Any architectural work that does not express serenity is an error.
– Luis Barragán
This staircase is the only “dated” architectural example I’ve chosen this week. The Wellington Hotel in London won me over with its curved staircase, wrought iron railings and beautiful mosaic floor. I love its classic style and the feeling of serenity inside its wood-paneled dining room. I wonder if you agree.
Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.
In closing, I’d like to share a magnificent modern structure that we spotted on a recent walk through the city. When I looked closely at the ARC Vancouver tower, I noticed a swimming pool 200 feet above our heads. (Between the two towers, you can see someone swimming in the rectangular pool. Just click on the photo to enlarge it) I’m dreaming of swimming laps up there. Can you imagine the view?
A special thanks to Tina for her wonderful challenge this week. I’m always on “the hunt” for interesting architecture, so this subject was right up my alley! We invite you to share your architectural finds with us this week. Be sure to visit Tina’s site to see her beautiful photos from Kiawah and other locations around the world.
Last week, Amy delighted us with her A Day of My Week Challenge. I loved the glimpses into your lives and the experiences you shared. A special thanks to Amy for inspiring us.
Next week, it’s my turn to lead LAPC #174, so please visit my site next Saturday at noon to join the fun. In the meantime, have a joyful and inspiring week, everyone!