Category Archives: Architecture

Sydney is such a seductress

Sydney HarbourAs I was perusing Facebook yesterday I stumbled upon this breathtaking photograph of the Sydney Opera House at sunset.  It reminded me how much I loved Sydney (and all of Australia) when Sergio and I visited back in November and December of 2009. I wrote about that trip quite a bit.  Here are two posts you may find interesting if you share my fascination / love of Australia, An Americans’ observations about Australia and Seductive Sydney.

Much thanks to Marc Keeper who posted this on his FB page. It made my evening.

Stata Center sunset

Sunset over Stata Center at MITLast night @hopelandry posted this photograph of the sunset.  For those not from the area, the Stata Center is an academic complex designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Frank Gehry for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I think the image is beautiful.

Travel tip when visiting Paris

J'aime ParisParis is one of my favorite cities in the world so when I read a recent article on Huffington Post Travel, I knew I wanted to share it.

While I love the view of Paris from the Eiffel Tower, I think when Sergio and I next visit, we’ll likely skip the inevitable long line and head out to Tour Montparnesse; a massive skyscraper less than two miles from the Eiffel Tower that has an open air terrace on the 56th floor – some 650 feet above the city’s skyline. Follow my link to check out the amazing view you may appreciate (and photograph) when you visit Paris – wicked awesome view.

Don Chiofaro proposes $1 billion waterfront project

Source: KOHN PEDERSEN FOX ASSOCIATES

Source: KOHN PEDERSEN FOX ASSOCIATES

This week The Boston Globe reported that developer Don Chiofaro is reviving his effort to build a pair of skyscrapers along Boston Harbor.  His previous 2009 plan to develop this real estate had been blocked by Mayor Menino, but with a new Mayor in Boston it appears that Mr. Chiofaro has come back with a new plan proposing a 600′ complex that he says will “wow”.

Source: KOHN PEDERSEN FOX ASSOCIATES

Source: KOHN PEDERSEN FOX ASSOCIATES

The $1 billion project, that would redefine Boston’s skyline and waterfront still needs approval, includes about 1.3 million square feet of commercial and residential space; 700,000 square feet of offices, up to 300 hotel rooms, 120 luxury condominiums and three levels of stores and restaurants.

More about this story here.

Wicked cool: Boston’s very own phantom opera house

Phantom Opera House in Boston

Source: Greig Lamont (c) Project of Ruins

Did you know that Boston has its own phantom of the opera; 120 year old concert theater that is 40 feet below street level? This concert hall below the iconic Steinert & Sons storefront on Boylston Street has been closed for nearly three-quarters of a century.

The “acoustically perfect” theater built by Alexander Steinert seated 650 people.  Apparently world-renowned pianists and opera singers performed here up through 1942 when nearly 500 died in Boston at the notorious Cocoanut Grove. Following that tragedy subterranean spaces like Steinert Hall became subject to strict fire regulations and was forced to close.

Read more about this fascinating space and check out The Boston Globe video, here.

 

 

Boston Starchitecture

Boston, architectureI love good design and interesting architecture and appreciate everything from the traditional Victorian bowfront row houses that dominate Boston’s South End to more modern design like M.I.T.’s Stata Center (shown above).

Recently Curbed Boston created a map of what they refer to as  “Starchitecture”, featuring some of the areas most famous designs from award winning architects. I don’t agree with all the selections but if you like architecture, you may want to check this out.

Boston Starchitecture

California Design: 1930-1965

P.E.M.March 29 – July 6, 2014

Today The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) exhibit, California Design: 1930-1965 Living in a Modern Way, opens. The exhibit includes more than 250 mid-century modern design objects that includes furniture, textiles, fashion, classic vehicles and much more.

Organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), this exhibition is the first major study of modern California design. PEM’s presentation is the exhibition’s only East Coast venue – on view.

More information here