Archive for January, 2014

Pearls Before Wine

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Weather was dramatically better than my previous visit to Pearl River Tower a few weeks earlier and I took the opportunity to capture some cleaner views of the voluptuous facades.




After an unusually productive day, for Guangzhou at least, I rolled back into the hotel just in time for last call on the evening wine tasting for guests.

Exchange Gifts

Monday, January 20th, 2014

With the shot list on China Merchants all but complete, I headed across town to check out the new Shenzhen Stock Exchange designed by OMA. No sooner had I left the hotel when low cloud started rolling in across the sky, threatening to fulfill the forecast of showers for the remainder of the day. At least the wind was moving the cloud through at a decent pace, though I wasn’t sure whether this was a good or a bad sign.

Finding a coffee shop around the corner from the project, I figured on waiting a while to see if conditions improved. Naturally, no sooner had my coffee arrived when a quick flash of sun spread across the cafe floor, suggesting that perhaps some gaps were opening up in the cloud. Casually sculling my scaldingly hot beverage before wandering back outside, I was encouraged to see a growing expanse of blue sky spreading behind the imposing form of the building.

Further reinforcing my belief that if you don’t put yourself out there, don’t take a chance and risk failure, then you’re never going to get the real reward.




Hanging out at the Hotel

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Occasionally on shoots, when the light is wrong or you’re waiting on access to something, there’s simply nothing to do but hang out in your hotel room. Happily, with my habit of searching out rooms with a view, this still turned into a productive opportunity for our shoot of China Merchants Tower in Shenzhen for Skidmore Owings & Merrill.




Hole Lotta Love

Friday, January 10th, 2014

The Gensler designed Jackson Hole Airport has just been awarded a 2014 AIA National Institute Honor Award for Architecture.


Jackson Hole is the only airport in the United States located within a National Park. Acting as the gateway to the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, the project incorporates sustainable design strategies, making it one of the earliest airports in the country to receive LEED Silver certification.

High Class Act

Friday, January 10th, 2014

In Singapore, the much-lauded NUS Kentvale Staff Housing has been receiving a lot of attention. The project, designed by Singaporean firm MKPL, has garnered several awards both locally and internationally. Most recently, the project was recognized with the prestigious RIBA International Award for Architectural Excellence.

The project was also featured in issue AR133 of the Architectural Review Asia Pacific