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ONE DAY OUT VISITING CAMBRIDGE BY THE RIVER

Posted on 11 October, 2017 at 11:05 Comments comments (0)

We liked ending the summer with a visit to a City we always loved both for the quality of architecture and for the University environment that is part of its history.

The Univeristy of Cambridge © Mba Photography 2017

The University of Cambridge comprises 31 Colleges and over 150 departments, museums and other institutions. The best way to see many of the central Colleges is to take a punt tour along the River Cam and that's exactly what we did.

The River Cam running through the city centre is used for boating. From the River Cam it is possible to appreciate the buildings and the textures of the materials with what they are built.

The boatman was our guide and we were shocked at his culture and knowledge of the buildings that illustrate us explaining their history and the various events they witnessed.

This visit will stay forever in our hearts and especially in our memories thanks to our photographs.

The Bridge of Sighs by Arch. Henry Hutchinson © Mba Photography 2017

The River Cam , detail of building and boat © Mba Photography 2017

House / Waterfront © Mba Photography 2017


Bodley's Court / King's College © Mba Photography 2017


The Wren Library at sunset, Trinity College Cambridge © Mba Photography 2017

Source: https://www.visitcambridge.org/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambridge

      

THE V&A'S NEW EXHIBITION ROAD COURTYARD

Posted on 3 August, 2017 at 11:55 Comments comments (1)

Last month we photographed this new Built Project by AL_A . Unfortunately, the new Sainsbury Gallery was closed for an exhibition preparation but we propose to visit it again in September when she will reopens to the public and  we will  provide also some images of the interiors.


Photo © MBA photography 2017

Amanda Levete Architects (AL_A) worked with the V&A on an exciting process to install the first porcelain-tiled public courtyard in the UK.


Photo © MBA photography 2017


Photo © MBA photography 2017

This choice of material responds specifically to the fabric of the original building and its collections, which include numerous striking examples of 19th century decorative ceramics.


Photo © MBA photography 2017

The courtyard act as a venue for installations and events and is served by a glass-fronted café.


Photo © MBA photography 2017

In addition to providing a range of new public spaces inside and outside the Museum, the project create a new relationship between the heart of the V&A and Exhibition Road.


Photo © MBA photography 2017


Photo © MBA photography 2017


Photo © MBA photography 2017


Photo © MBA photography 2017

Source: https/www.vam.ac.uk/info/exhibition-road-building-project

The new Serpentine pavilion was unveiled (and it's worth having a look at it)

Posted on 4 July, 2017 at 18:55 Comments comments (0)


© MBA Photography 2017

It was designed by a Burkinabe architect, Diébédo Francis Kéré, the 17th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, last of a unique series of works of the most important international architects.

The design has a lot to do with weather, which could be many things. Spreading from a central ellipse of steel supports, a layered canopy of timber and translucent polycarbonate filters the sunshine. The blue, curving walls provide degrees of breeziness and shelter from the wind. Rainwater, something which Kéré thinks the British appreciate too little – “you don’t know what you have” – will slosh from the canopy into a central void formed between the supports, at speed and with volume, to make temporary elliptical waterfalls.


© MBA Photography 2017

When Serpentine Gallery decided to commission its Pavillion (it is showed until 8 October) to Kerè “it was a heavy, heavy burden” but, however, he decided to be “true to himself”. He came up with the idea of making an architectural version of a big tree in Gando, where people could gather in its perforated shade. Its structure is a festival of triangles, with curved walls beneath the orange-ish roof in complementary deep blue.


© MBA Photography 2017

The design has a lot to do with weather, which could be many things. Spreading from a central ellipse of steel supports, a layered canopy of timber and translucent polycarbonate filters the sunshine. The blue, curving walls provide degrees of breeziness and shelter from the wind. Rainwater, something which Kéré thinks the British appreciate too little – “you don’t know what you have” – will slosh from the canopy into a central void formed between the supports, at speed and with volume, to make temporary elliptical waterfalls.


© MBA Photography 2017

When Serpentine Gallery decided to commission its Pavillion (it is showed until 8 October) to Kerè “it was a heavy, heavy burden” but, however, he decided to be “true to himself”. He came up with the idea of making an architectural version of a big tree in Gando, where people could gather in its perforated shade. Its structure is a festival of triangles, with curved walls beneath the orange-ish roof in complementary deep blue.


© MBA Photography 2017

Sources : https://www.dezeen.com/2017/06/24/this-week-news-riba-winners-serpentine-pavilion-oma-mpavilion

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/jun/25/francis-kere-serpentine-pavilion-2017-review-burkina-faso

http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/about


Innovation and talent: Clerkenwell Design Week continues to inspire

Posted on 5 June, 2017 at 5:15 Comments comments (0)

Innovation and talent: since its foundation, in 2009, Clerkenwell Design Week has attracted the international design community, establishing itself as the UK's leading independent design festival. And, after visited the seven main exhibitions of this year, we can confirm it is completely unique, an exciting event for experts and also for festival first-timer, a real insipiration for the Exhibition industry.



From 23-25 May, all two-and-a-half square miles of the famously-creative district was packed with shows and installations in some of the capital's most interesting and historical buildings.

Now in its eighth-year, the three-day festival was made up of seven main exhibitions, each with a different theme, across seven main venues and 100 spaces in total. With a designated north-south route through the district, taking visitors from Exmouth Market to Smithfield, it was easy to stroll from one free event to another - just following the bright pink signs.




Source: www.studiostand.org
Photos: © MBAPhotography

The Shard, a gash in the London's sky

Posted on 16 May, 2017 at 7:45 Comments comments (2)


© MBA Photography

What about "The Shard"?

Standing 309.7 metres (1,016 ft) high, the Shard is the tallest building in the United Kingdom, the fourth-tallest building in Europe.
The Shard's construction began in March 2009; it was topped out on 30 March 2012 and inaugurated on 6 July 2012.


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Who designed it?


It was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano .

Description of the architecture

Renzo Piano, the project's architect, designed the Shard as a spire-like sculpture emerging from the River Thames. He was inspired by the railway lines next to the site, the London spires depicted by the 18th-century Venetian painter Canaletto, and the masts of sailing ships. Piano's design met criticism from English Heritage, who claimed the building would be "a shard of glass through the heart of historic London", giving the building its name, the Shard. Piano considered the slender, spire-like form of the tower a positive addition to the London skyline, recalling the church steeples featured in historic engravings of the city, and believed that its presence would be far more delicate than opponents of the project alleged. He proposed a sophisticated use of glazing, with expressive façades of angled glass panes intended to reflect sunlight and the sky above, so that the appearance of the building will change according to the weather and seasons.



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Source: https/www.the-shard.com/shard/the-vision/



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