Archive for the ‘Architecture’ Category

CITY SAYS NO TO PRIVATE PARK

November 12, 2008

Lyche-villaen

Drammen citys richest man is denied fulfilling his vision of a park surrounding his home. After heir to the Block Watne company, Lars Nilsen, bought his ‘dream house since age 15’, “Lyche-villaen”/”Villa Lyche”, he has acquired three neighboring houses -all of which he wishes to tear down. The houses are from the 1930s built in the style of Functionalism (or Modernism) and represents an important aspect of the city’s architectural history and culture, according to local newspaper DT.

Villa Lyche

Funny fact: His company builds houses.

Photo, Source: Blom, Drammens Tidende

NEXT YEAR’S TALLEST BUILDING IN EUROPE

October 27, 2008

Megapost featuring interior pictures including apartments designed by Armani.

It might not be as spectacular as the future tallest building in the world, but still pretty impressive considering European standards in skyscrapers. The spire will be 506 meters (1,660 ft) and the roof of East Tower (A) will be at 360 meters (1,182 ft). The Federation Tower will be the crown jewel in the business centre Moscow City, Russia.

The inside of the towers will be just as amazing as the outside. Of course there will be a restaurant, a bar, a club, a spa and spectacular elevators!


The Federation Tower will include four exclusive two-level Armani style apartments. Elegance and functionality are keywords in the Armani Casa design.

THE PRIME MINISTER’S NEW OFFICIAL RESIDENCE

October 25, 2008

US has the White House. UK has 10 Downing Street. Norway now has Inkognitogaten 18. The complex of new and old buildings called Regjeringens Representasjonsanlegg (the Government’s Representation complex) is at a total of 1320 square meters (14208 square feet). It includes Parkveien 45, Riddervoldsgate 2, Inkognitogaten 18, which have been connected with new structures, and the gardens.

Parkveien 45 “Villa Parafina” (1876-1877) is in the italian classical revival style by architect Johannes Henrik Nissen, and will be used for representation together with the 1 floor of Inkognitogaten 18 (1890). No. 18, which is at 670 square meters (7212 square feet), will house the Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg and family, where the 2 and 3 floor will be private. This villa is more simple than the grand Riddervoldsgate 2 (1889-1890) which was built in a powerful new renaissance with towers, but both buildings are by Henrik Bertram Bucher. The latter will continue to be the official residence of foreign dignitaries.

The original facades have been preserved, and the rooms have been modernised, but with direct reference to the buildings’ history.

Much space is lost in the thick walls, elevator shafts, technical and security rooms, but the main reason for the project was for the Prime Minister’s safety. There is also a huge semi-underground garage and numerous terraces and balconies. The gardens dates back to the 1880s and will be restored and renewed by Snøhetta, famous for the Norwgian Opera House in Oslo and the Library of Alexandria in Egypt.

Funny fact: The complex is next-door neighbors to the Royal Palace.

Sources: Aftenposten, Dagbladet, VG, Wikipedia, Statsbygg

THE TEARING DOWN OF THE NO.1 LANDMARK

October 14, 2008

The demolition machines have already removed the tribunes, the commentary boxes and the area around. Even the tarn that was know as “Besserudtjernet” (“The Besserud Tarn”) is gone, drained to “Kongedammen” (“The Kings Pond”) that lies higher up, behind the sports monument. Tomorrow the white icon that is the Holmenkollen Ski Jump will be taken apart piece by piece, starting with the “diamond”.

The deconstruction starts at 16:30 CET=Central European Time=UTC (GMT)+1 hours. You can watch it live and even control the camera here. Another site documenting live is here. The local newspaper Akersposten shows us historic pictures from the beloved place.

The city will not look the same without it as it was visible from all parts of the town and even neighbouring counties. Farvel gamle venn.

Sources: Aftenposten, Akersposten

FUTURE TALLEST BUILDING IN THE WORLD

October 8, 2008

In September Emaar Properties declared that their Burj Dubai’s height is over 688 m (2,257 ft) surpassing the Warsaw Radio Mast in Poland as the tallest man-made structure ever built. About a month later Nakheel Properties announced that they are planning Nakheel Harbour & Tower, with the tower to be over 1 kilometer high. Finally a normal looking coastline of Dubai!

The design is incorporating the four disctricts that were inspired by Islamic cities of the past, such as Tangier’s grand promenade in Morocco, Alexandria’s glorious port in Egypt, Isfahan’s transcendent bridges in Iran, and Alhambra’s majestic gardens in Spain.

ARABIC LOUVRE BY JEAN NOUVEL

October 3, 2008

The new Louvre Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates will function as a shielding parasol from the scorching sun, as an oasis, when its completed by 2012. The web-patterned dome creates a beautiful play of light as the sunlight filters as through branches and leaves on a tree. Natural light like no one has seen anywhere but in nature. The space will house art from France’s the Louvre, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée d’Orsay and Versailles. Voilà.

The architect is the famous and of course French, Jean Nouvel. If I was to build a house tomorrow, I definitely would incorporate this kind of lighting either inside or outside the building even though l’m living in Scandinavia. While dreaming, why not install an organic focal point in the ceiling by John Carpner Design AB. The cost of living outside inside? $2.800 (20.000 SEK).

Funny fact: Jean Nouvel is a favorite of architect buff Brad Pitt’s who named a child after him, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt.

NORTH WAY

October 1, 2008

“You gentlemen aren’t REALLY trying to kill my son, are you?”

Alfred Hitchcock’s movie North by Northwest (1959) is one of his greatest, with three Academy Award nominations to prove it. Roger O. Thornhill, played entertainingly with suave by Cary Grant, is an advertising executive in New York, who by chance is mistaken for a man named George Kaplan by a group of spies led by Phillip Vandamm (James Mason) with his right hand man, Leonard (Martin Landau).

With the help of pretty Eve Kendall, brilliantly performed by Eva Marie Saint, Roger Thornhill ends up being pursued across the country, but who can he really trust? The professor, actor Leo G. Carroll, is a man of government who allows the events to unfold for the greater good. Carroll has been in more Hitchcock movies than any other actor. Another casting worth noticing is role of the mother, Clara Thornhill, played by Jessie Royce Landis though she only had seven years on her “son”, Cary Grant.

The movie takes us to places like the then-new United Nations building which is photographed originally, to another quite interesting building, the house on top of Mount Rushmore. After finding Frank Lloyd Wright to be too expensive to work with, just like the people making The Fountainhead in 1949 did, MGM constructed a Lloyd Wright-inspired house for the movie as the villain’s lair.

The famous crop dusting scene where Grant is being chased by a plane is nothing less than cinema history.

Funny fact: Eva Marie Saint also plays the role of Martha Kent in Superman Returns (2006).

THE END OF AN ERA

September 27, 2008
It really is the end of an era. New York has the Statue of Liberty. Paris has the Eiffel Tower. Oslo has, soon to be had, the Holmenkollen ski jump. In about a months time the ski jump will be torn down. The Holmenkollen skiing arena has hosted competitions since 1892. The ski jump has been renovated 18 times, and the current one dates back to 1939. The tower stands as a national and international symbol of skiing after being the heart of Norwegian winter sports in over a 100 years.

 

Source: Skiforeningen, Oslo Kommune