Tag Archives: Architecture
The Emporia shopping centre in Malmö, Sweden was opened in 2012. The architect is Gert Wingårdh from Wingårdh arkitektkontor. Normally I wouldn’t walk through a shopping mall with my camera but this one impressed me with its special architecture – both from the outside and the inside
Opened in 2012, the “Stadshuis” of the municipality of Nieuwegein near Utrecht in the Netherlands combines various facilities such as the town hall, a library, shops and a multicultural centre in one building.
The striking building “Veles e Vents” (sails and winches) in the port of Valencia was designed by star architect David Chipperfield on the occasion of the America’s Cup 2007. From here you had a view not only of the famous sailing regatta, but also of the Formula 1 circuit of the European Grand Prix, which also passed through the port.
Denmark’s largest residential building, the 8 House (8 tallet), was built in Copenhagens district Ørestad between the airport and the city center several years ago. For the architect Bjarke Ingels it was the third project in this district after the VM Houses and Mountain Dwellings. There are 476 apartments on the upper floors, offices on the lower floors and there is also a kindergarten, shops and a large common room with a roof terrace.
The Television Tower at Alexanderplatz in Berlin is the highest public building in Europe at 368 meters. From the viewing platfform you have a great view above the whole city, as well as the roof of the opposite hotel.
The Grundtvig’s Church in the northern district of Bispebjerg is one of the newer and due to the unusual design also one of the most famous churches in the city. While other churches are already 400 years or older, the Grundtvigskirche was built between 1921 and 1940. The design is by the architect Peder Klint, who did not live to see the completion. At the beginning, only the 49 meter high church tower was built and only in 1928 work began on the construction of the nave and other components. A total of about 5 million yellow bricks were installed.
Located in Copenhagen’s newest district, Ørestad, the Bella Sky Hotel is one of the largest hotels in Scandinavia. The building, planned by the Danish architecture company 3XN, consists of two towers with 23 floors and was opened in 2011. It is part of the exhibition and conference center Bella Center, where the UN Climate Change Conference took place in 2009.
In autumn I visited Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands. Utrecht Cathedral (Domtoren) is the highest church tower in the country with 112.5 metres. Of course I couldn’t resist climbing the 465 steps and enjoying a great view over the city. On good days the view should reach as far as Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
The Bosco Verticale residential complex in the Expo city of Milan can probably be described as the first vertical “forest” in the world. With this project, the architect Stefano Boeri want to demonstrate the future of cities – urban gardening architecture.