Archive for June, 2012

WFC ICC GFC MBFC IFC BFS OFC WTF ?

Monday, June 18th, 2012

World Financial Center(s) in Shanghai and  Beijing

International Commerce Center in Hong Kong

Global Financial Center in Tianjin

Beijing Financial Street

International Financial Center(s) in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Guangzhou

Marina Bay Financial Center and Ocean Financial Center in Singapore

That’s a lot of Financials and they’re just the one’s I’ve photographed! With so many of these things scattered around the planet, one wonders why we’re in such a mess.

A Good Jahn

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Close to SOM’s Pearl River Tower in Zhujiang New Town is Helmut Jahn’s freshly minted Leatop Plaza. The facade consists of layered glass panels that provide a much more textured appearance than the standard flat glazed curtain wall.

leatop_jahn_01

leatop_jahn_02

Landing the Job

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Client – “We’d like a soaring, light-filled atrium that is so spacious it feels like you could land a plane in it.”

Architect – “Perfect. I totally get it..”

Joining the Club

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Hovering like some mythical white mirage in the middle of a manmade lake in Shenzhen is the OCT Hua Club, designed by Richard Meier & Partners. The private Hua Club forms the centerpiece of the OCT Harbor project, consisting of various retail, entertainment, hospitality and residential developments. The club itself offers multiple function rooms, high-end dining, gallery space, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a large fitness center, tennis courts, a cigar lounge and health spa.

While Richard Meier & Partners has secured other commissions in China, the OCT Hua Club is the first of those to reach completion. The firm has previously completed other projects in Kuala Lumpur and in Singapore where it is currently in construction on the expansive Capitol Development.

Morning Reflection

Friday, June 1st, 2012

In my experience, the morning after a big night out often provides an opportunity for reflection.