My current place of employment sees me working in Hawthorn East and one thing I have noticed when I choose to walk from Auburn Railway station to the office that I pass by a number of architecture offices. This piqued my interest as to how many architectural firms are located in Hawthorn and it occurred to me to create a suburb by suburb graphic of the location of architectural offices. Realising that would quite possibly take me years (I’m easily distracted) a municipality by municipality graphic might be a better idea.
Just over four months have passed since we returned from our three week sojourn around Spain and I’ve finally got around to our last destination, the Basque Country or more specifically Bilbao and San Sebastián.
What I will remember most about our visit to Madrid will be the art. Whilst our stay in Spain’s capital was only short (at just over three days) the first two days were pretty much all about the art and after only visiting two of the museums – the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and the Museo Prado – we felt a little overwhelmed by the amount of art we had seen. So overwhelmed we couldn’t bring ourselves to go inside Herzog & de Mueron’s gravity defying Caixa Forum and the Museo Thyssen Bonemisza. Although to be fair we did take a walk around the outside of the aforementioned Caixa Forum.
When you think of the city of Granada you automatically of one of think of one place and that of course is the Alhambra. Whilst the palace and fortress that occupies the top of the hill of the Assabica on the southeastern border of the city does definitely dominates the city both visually and touristically it is quickly apparent that there is more to this city. Contrasting dramatically with the ornate detailing of the Alhambra is the minimalist masterpiece that is the Museo de la Memoria by Alberto Campo Baeza which sits on the outskirts of the city and stands out like a white beacon underneath the blazing Andalucian sun. The city itself with its tight and winding streets, which played havoc with the GPS on our iPhone as we tried to navigate them, was full of life and culture and in many ways underrated aspect of a visit to Granada.
I think every architecture student remembers the first time they are introduced to the work of Antoni Gaudi. Although I’m pretty sure there was some mention of Gaudi during my first year of studying architecture it wasn’t until early on in my second year that we covered his astonishing work in any detail. Fourteen years later my trip to Spain and more importantly a visit to Barcelona finally provided me with the opportunity to see the work of Antoni Gaudi in the flesh and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
It’s been almost a month since I returned from a three week sojourn to Spain. A sojourn that took in lots of food, football, culture and of course architecture. I must admit as I have got back into the daily grind of work that I should post up some of the photos (not very good ones I might add) of some of the cities, sights and buildings that grabbed my attention. Rather than bombard you with a thousand photos in one post I am going to divide it up into a series of topical post with first cab off the rank being the first city we visited, Barcelona.
Almost two months ago I expressed my wish to have a look inside the Australian Academy of Science, a building that I had rediscovered a love for during my time in Canberra. Finally I got that chance last week as I got the chance to attend the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal Talk by this year’s recipient, Lawrence Nield.