Thursday, February 21, 2008

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

Located on a historically and culturally prominent downtown site, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is to become the permanent home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The Concert Hall is situated on historic Bunker Hill at the intersection of First Street and Grand Avenue, adjacent to the existing Music Center of Los Angeles.

The project began as an invited design competition, during which many of the fundamental design tenets were established. These include an open and accessible main entrance, a sympathetic and inclusive attitude in the building's relationship to the Music Center's existing Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, a pedestrian scale frontage along Grand Avenue, a generous and open backstage area, and a large garden.

Address 111 S. Grand Ave
Location At 1st St, Downtown


Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Rose Center, USA

Rose Center for Earth and Space

At the start of the millennium, the American Museum of Natural History opened the Rose Center for Earth and Space. At a cost of US$300 million, the building's spectacular architecture consists of a vast glass facade, behind which hangs a 2000-ton silver globe, housing two film theatres.

The Rose Center uses state of the art technology to reveal the wonders of the Universe through a series of simulations and interactive displays. Visitors are shown a simulation of the creation of the universe and the Big Bang, including a narration by Jodie Foster. A spiralling walkway circling the sphere chronicles the 13-billion year evolution of the universe, with images taken from the Hubble telescope.

The highlight of the exhibition is undoubtedly the Space Show inside the Hayden Planatarium. A 30-minute 3-D tour of the universe, using the world's most powerful virtual reality simulator, takes audiences past Mars, Jupiter and Saturn to witness the birth of stars in another galaxy and come face-to-face with a Black Hole.

Arrive early if you want to buy tickets for a show on the same day, or phone the ticket hotline to buy tickets in advance. A limited number of tickets can also be purchased from the Rose Center Website.

The Rose Center is located in the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan's Upper West Side, overlooking Central Park. It stages numerous exhibitions throughout the year and lots of fun events.


The 人 REN Building, China

The 人 REN Building, China

Architecture in China never ceases to amaze us—case in point—the REN Building. Copenhagen’s Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) proposed this eye-catching design over a year ago to coincide with Shanghai’s “Better City, Better Life” 2010 World Expo . The building takes its form from the Chinese character for person 人 (”ren”) and combines two buildings (one symbolic of mind and the other symbolic of body). We love the poetic inspiration that reflects both site and cultural sensitivity.

The Ren building is a proposal for a hotel, sports and conference center for the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. The building is conceived as two buildings merging into one. The first building, emerging from the water, is devoted to the activities of the body, and houses the sports and water culture center. The second building emerging from land, is devoted to the spirit and enlightenment, and houses the conference center and meeting facilities. The two buildings meet in a 1000 room hotel, a building for living. The building becomes the chinese sign for “The People”, and a recognizable landmark for the World Expo in China.


Sunday, February 3, 2008

Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC, Malaysia

Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Twin Towers (KLCC) @ Jalan AmpangThe PETRONAS Twin Towers is set against the backdrop of the beautifully landscaped Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) park. The development, built based on a holistic approach, combining business with art, science and nature also included a symphonic concert hall at the podium between the twin towers, an international class art gallery and an interactive petroleum science discovery centre in the adjoining Suria KLCC Mall.

Soaring 452 metres into the sky, the PETRONAS Twin Towers is a national pride to the people of Malaysia.


Petronas Twin Towers (KLCC)

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Louvre Pyramid, France

Louvre Pyramid, France

The Louvre Pyramid is a large glass and metal pyramid, surrounded by three smaller ones, in the courtyard of the Musée du Louvre Museum in Paris, France. The large pyramid serves as the main entrance to the museum. Completed in 1989, it has become a landmark for the city of Paris.

The structure, which was constructed entirely with glass segments, reaches a height of 20.6 meters (about 70 feet); its square base has sides of 35 meters (115 feet). It consists of 603 rhombus-shaped and 70 triangular glass segments.
The Louvre Pyramid is a large glass and meta
It has been claimed by some that the glass panes in the Louvre Pyramid number exactly 666, "the number of the beast", often associated with Satan. Various conspiracy theorists have ascribed some deeper, sinister meaning to this supposed fact. For instance, Dominique Stezepfandt's book François Mitterrand, Grand Architecte de l'Univers declares that "the pyramid is dedicated to a power described as the Beast in the Book of Revelation (...) The entire structure is based on the number 6."

The story of the "666 panes" originated in the 1980s, when the official brochure published during construction did indeed cite this number (even twice, though a few pages earlier the total number of panes was given as 672 instead). The number 666 was also mentioned in various newspapers. The Louvre museum however states that the finished pyramid contains 673 glass panes (603 rhombi and 70 triangles). A higher figure was obtained by David A. Shugarts, who reports that the pyramid contains 689 pieces of glass (Secrets of the Code, edited by Dan Burstein, p. 259). Various attempts to actually count the panes in the pyramid have produced slightly discrepant results, but there are definitely more than 666.

The myth resurfaced in 2003, when Dan Brown incorporated it in his best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code. Here the protagonist reflects that "this pyramid, at President Mitterrand's explicit demand, had been constructed of exactly 666 panes of glass - a bizarre request that had always been a hot topic among conspiracy buffs who claimed 666 was the number of Satan" (p. 21). However, David A. Shugarts reports that according to a spokeswoman of the offices of I.M. Pei, the French President never specified the number of panes to be used in the pyramid. Noting how the 666 rumor circulated in some French newspapers in the mid-1980s, she commented: "If you only found those old articles and didn't do any deeper fact checking, and were extremely credulous, you might believe the 666 story" (Secrets of the Code, p. 259).

The pyramid and its surroundings are key locations in the novel/film The Da Vinci Code.

The Louvre and its pyramid also starred in another recent film, Team America: World Police, but only in model form. The model was destroyed very early on during the action scene involving it.