japanese inspiration

The images below are select photographs of a trip I took to Japan in July this year. Tokyo was very clean, the food amazing and the people ultra friendly and polite and I will go back again……….but these are all cliches you’ve heard before, possibly from every person you know who has visited that part of the world. Do you know anyone who hasn’t liked Japan?

Hopefully though, you haven’t seen some of the amazing buildings I photographed on my travels and you get to view them in real life some day. Being the architectural nerd that I am, I researched before my trip as well as trawled the streets looking for inspirational architecture. I spent most of my time in Tokyo, but also took a day trip to an ominous Shogun temple in Nikko, followed by an Onsen in the middle of a green and wooded hillside. You would be happy to know there are no photographs of that wonderful experience.

Kenzo Tange – Yoyogi National Gymnasium

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Kisho Kurokawa – Nakagin Capsule Hotel

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Le Corbusier – National Museum of Modern Art

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Makato Watanabe – K Museum

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Makato Watanabe – Aoyama Technical College

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Tadao Ando – Omotesando Hills

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Toyo Ito – Todd’s Building

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SANAA – Dior

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Herzog and de Meuron – Prada

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Jean Nouvel – Mui Mui

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Unknown Architect

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Nikko Temple – Shogun Shrine

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Unknown Architect after an Onsen –  at peace and one with nature.

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the colours of 20 martin place

There’s a lot going on in Martin Place at the moment. New buildings going up left, right and centre. I walked past one of our sites in the city at 20 Martin place on Wednesday night and was delighted to see the colours of the facade starting to glow.

20 Martin Place is a commercial office building designed by Crone Architects for Pembroke and built by BUILT. Its due for completion in the next few months.The facade is a shingle style, curtain wall system, with dichroic glass to the base. When light hits the facade it casts amazing reflections on the glass particularly in the afternoon.

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modern frankfurt

Frankfurt is a city with a mixture of modern and historic buildings woven into the urban fabric. Pummelled by WW2 the city has re birthed with modern architectural buildings of a very high standard of design.

Below are images of some of these buildings I stumbled upon last week, including Studio Fuksas designed, My Zeil shopping mall and it’s stunning amorphic glass spine.

Massimiliano Fuksas is a Roman architect also famous for the New Trade Fair building in Milano.

Check out their website;
http://fuksas.com/m/

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amsterdam now

Attached are photos taken now, of the streets of Amsterdam as part of a study tour I am doing for Light and Build.

Light and Build is a lighting exhibition held every 2 years in Frankfurt, showcasing the latest technologies in lighting design. More to come in the following days 🙂

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what is the largest span of the sydney harbour bridge?

503m and for a while was the worlds widest long spanning bridge. It is the fifth longest spanning arch bridge and the worlds tallest steel arch bridge at 134m. For a bridge designed in 1932 by an engineer, nicknamed “The Coathanger” and synonymous to Australia, it is a great piece of art and architecture iconic to the Sydney skyline.

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