Metropolitan Variations

Photographic series capturing the morphological variations of each visited metropolis. 

Part 1. Cityscapes

Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Mumbai, India

Mumbai, India

Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Singapore, Singapore

Singapore, Singapore

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Osaka, Japan

Osaka, Japan

Paris, France

Paris, France

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Beijing, China

Beijing, China

Milan, Italy

Milan, Italy

day 122_Paris_Parc de la Villette

The park, designed by Bernard Tschumi, is a 125-acre expansive field in places so vast a person feels lost, even obsolete. However, when confronted with the red painted follies that are randomly placed throughout the park, or so it seems at first sight, one regains the sense of human scale and place.

After several of these exciting encounters (there are over thirty follies evenly spaced around the site), the organization of the place slowly reveals itself. The follies belong to each other. The red structures form an awesome point grid, a field of follies, but despite the fact that the grid is perceptible, it is never fully revealed. 

DSC_0239_fixed
DSC_0232_fixed2

day 121_Paris

I'm falling very behind with my blogging... but I promise eventually everything will make it to the website!

Madrid, Barcelona, Santiago, Stuttgart, Basel.... 

day 94_Madrid_aggregation

I was really looking forward to seeing this residential building and I was not disappointed. 

DSC_8202_fixed

Torres Blancas were built by Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza in 1968. The aggregation of individual apartment units is controlled by the structural and circulation cores, vertically directing the cellular growth of the building. Repetition and mirroring are the primary modi operandi.

DSC_8206_fixed
IMG_1649_fixed
DSC_8234_fixed
IMG_1650_fixed
DSC_8240_fixed

Disregarding the over-sized cylinders at the top of the Torres Blancas (a clumsy way to end the endless vertical repetition and give the building 'a top'), the image below illustrates the infinite growth and aggregation that are already implied in the project. The cylindrical apartment units are mirrored and repeated to form an endless undulating 'living wall'.

torres_repetition3-3

day 89_Porto_OMA

DSC_7624_fixed_web

My visit to Porto only reinforced what I had already thought of Casa da Música prior to my encounter with the building - it is a beautifully sculpted object floating in space. Even the interiors are much more introverted, despite the architect's argument, luring one in with the seductive textures and colors.

miroslava-brooks_OMA_interior-3_web