28 November 2008

Souk Waqif

Check this sequence of snaps I put together walking south along the main pedestrian spine of Souk Waqif in Doha, Qatar. It's interactive so dive right in!

You may have to install a small software from Microsoft Photosynth (http://photosynth.net) to run this properly! And sorry to all Mac users this may not work your computers!

13 November 2008

Liverpool Biennial

Went to see the Liverpool Art Biennial today. Here's a few posts some the interesting pavilions/installations and buildings I saw in the city.

The first set of photos are of a road site amphitheater designed by the Japanese firm - Atelier Bow-Wow
Like so many of their small architecture projects and installations this pavilion has a wonderful sense of urbanity and playfulness at the same time!

The next set is of a work by Yoko Ono and though I didn't quiet like her work I thought the venue - of a church bombed during the 2nd world war - was great.The only reason I can see for the organizers of this Biennial to include this work was the fact that most of the tourist coming to see all the events happening in this years European Capital of Culture would expect the Biennial to have something related to the Beatles in this their home town.

And the above image was made inside the famous and impressive Liverpool Cathedral which housed one of the works of the art biennial.

Arbores Laetae

This is an installation by new york based architects - Diller Scofidio + Renfro - its a small but great landscape intervention at the corner of an industrial area of Liverpool. By introducing a strange element of movement into an otherwise almost stable art of Landscape they introduce a great sense of humur into the design of this small park. And it's name 'Arbores Laetae' means Joyful Trees.

The image above is part of a gif animation - to see the trees moving click here - http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/sahil.latheef/SahilSPhotoblog#5274051983086622210

12 November 2008


Here's a few buildings I saw around the city.

The first set of photos are of a new development in the centre of the city masterplanned by BDP one of Europe's largest design practices. The area is called Paradise Street. It's a huge retail development at the heart of the city sort of on the lines of Almere in the Netherlands. Though architecturally it has an interesting set of buildings I wonder if retail development are the only way to save the European city?

Above a building designed by Glenn Howells Architects.

The next four snaps are of a building designed by Allies and Morrison Architects.
The next snap is of a building and bridge designed by Wilkinson Eyre
And this last one from this development was designed by the office of Cesar Pelli - Pelli Clarke Pell
Liverpool has seen a lot of building activity in the last few years and further from the Paradise Street development along the waterfront there is yet another grand project being built. This is the Museum of Liverpool designed by 3XN Architects, an exciting practise based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The museum is the zig-zag building being built in the photo below.
And the last set of photos from the city are of the Tate Liverpool. The gallery is housed in an impressive 19th Century cluster of Albert Dock. It is a complex of dock buildings and warehouses designed by Jesse Hartley and Philip Hardwick, it was opened in 1846. Today this complex is a vital component of the UNESCO World Heritage Maritime Mercantile City. The Tate gallery asked architect James Sterling to fit out the grade 1 building to help them move into what was quiet a dilapidated Albert Dock in the mid 80's.Above is the only snap I took inside the building (sadly this is one more museum/gallery where you are not allowed to take snaps inside!). This is the entrance foyer with one of the most famous pieces of late 19th century sulpture - Rodin’s The Kiss.

I would end by saying that no visit to Liverpool can be complete without having visited Albert Dock!

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