Hydrothermal Center ‘Aquavox’, Pamplona, Spain, design and photo by Otxotorena Arquitectos.
Palácio do Planalto, the official workplace of the President of Brazil in Brasília, 1966, designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Unknown photographer.
While using Google Maps one day, the German-born French photographer Christoph Sillem espied a large circle outside of Paris. It turned out to be a road surrounding Eurodisney. Upon first-hand investigation, he discovered a Disney town modeled on the style of Baron Haussmann, the French urban planner who in the 1860s, Suzanne LaBarre writes, transformed Paris into the “fussy gilded museum” it is today.
The Theme Building’s structural steel and scaffolding at the Los Angeles International Airport, ca. 1961. Photographer unknown, courtesy of Richard Bradshaw.
Cliostraat, Open-air school for the healthy child, Amsterdam, NL, by Jan Duiker.
Though open-air schools –which emphasized welcoming, flexible spaces and access to plenty of fresh air and sunlight– from earlier in the century had been largely focused on serving sickly children, this school was for the healthy.
By deploying large windows, cantilevered concrete structures, and steel frames, Duiker designed a compact building flooded with light and air. Of his design, the architect said, “Modern techniques enable us to keep the material used in the building to a minimum and to heat these almost entirely open spaces without any difficulty so that children need only wear the lightest clothing, as is medically recommended.”
Untitled photo, by David Ingraham.
“On the road from the City of Skepticism, I had to pass through the Valley of Ambiguity.” - Adam Smith.
Its long form is centralized by an attic in an elementally neo-classical way and underlined by the longer figures of the walls and railings enclosing the site.
The building is also explicit in its conservation of energy; its glass elevations function as the outer skin of a double facade, which provides substantial thermal insulation in winter and relieves heat in the summer.
The outer layer, delineated by pale bronze aluminium mullions and mirror glass reflects the sky and trees of the surrounding gardens.
99_2, lambdaprint on aluminium, 1998/1999 (Edition 3 + 1 EA), by Christoph Schreiber.
Municipality building of Bat Yam, Israel, 1963, by Alfred Neumann, Zvi Hecker and Eldar Sharon.
The World Trade Center under construction in 1970 at sunrise, New York City, USA. The vertical line of light in the lower segment is created by sunlight reflecting off the inner core walls then shining out the core hallway.
Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USA, began on January 5, 1933. A lot of building and safety innovations were used during construction, as the use of movable safety netting beneath the construction site, which saved the lives of many otherwise-unprotected steelworkers.
The project was finished by April 1937, $1.3 million under budget. With the death of Jack Balestreri in April 2012, all workers involved in the original construction are now deceased.