Category Archives: Europe

London: Emirates Cable Car

In search of the recently opened Emirates Air Train, it ended up as bit of a public transport adventure that included the underground, cable car, light rail and overland train.     If we had also added in a bike share and bus trip during the day, it would have been truly been a multi-modal day.

These photos were taken for the Gondola Project 

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Copenhagen: Superkilen

Superkilen is another Bjarke Ingels Group project.   I had seen internet images of the striking red and had to seek it out.  The park connection is in 3 areas of Red Square, Black Market and Green Park.

In some areas it is a very hardscape environment, and could probably do with some more natural landscaping –  but the use of colour, line, and form make up for that in a fascinating way.

I wish more public space was this bright and fun-looking.

Copenhagen: Bus Stop (New Nordic Exhibition)

Different camera and other pics from Copenhagen.   This was part of the New Nordic architecture exhibition.  I wish I had taken the name down for this stunning timber bus stop.


London: Box Park

BOXPARK Shoreditch is the world’s first pop-up mall, made from shipping containers.  Great idea for a site that had apparently been vacant for years.  It mixes retail, food, bars and has outdoor seating space too.

Genius idea!

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London: Exhibition Rd Shared Space

On the way to the V&A, we walked the Exhibition Rd.  It was a road that has been redesigned a shared space for several blocks. TB explained to me some of the local thoughts about how well or wasn’t well it was working.  On a quiet Sunday it was a bit hard to tell, though certainly it some sections it still felt like a road space, rather than a place to openly walk out in even if you technically could.    The paving treatments were really great to bring the space together and it created interesting blurry lines of parking, seating and car space.

London: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is an annual architecture competition located in Hyde Park.  This year’s was designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (1 June – 14 October 2012).

This year’s Pavilion will take visitors beneath the Serpentine’s lawn to explore the hidden history of its previous Pavilions. Eleven columns characterising each past Pavilion and a twelfth column representing the current structure will support a floating platform roof 1.5 metres above ground. The Pavilion’s interior will be clad in cork, a sustainable building material chosen for its unique qualities and to echo the excavated earth.Taking an archaeological approach, the architects have created a design that will inspire visitors to look beneath the surface of the park as well as back in time across the ghosts of the earlier structures.

I enjoyed the design concept and tt was great to see people using it as a gathering space, but my only observation was lighting design could have been improved.

Like the PS1 MOMA pavilions, I sure do like annual pavilion competitions and the creativity they strongly encourage and  display.