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March 26, 2009 at 3:52 pm Leave a comment

an egg shaped building…

The egg to ancient civilizations is the symbol of creation. some meso american tribes beleive that mankind came from a giant egg.

of recent two egg shaped buildings have caught the attention of the public.

and one is our very own backyard- bombay.

architects  James Law Cybertecture International

client  Wadhwa Developers,Mumbai, India.

size 32,000 sq m

the egg-shaped building the developers claim  will combine “iconic architecture, environmental design, intelligent systems, and new engineering to create an awe-inspiring landmark in the city.”

the other famous egg is a london government building on the banks of the thames.

City Hall is the headquarters of the Greater London Authority which comprises the Mayor of London and London Assembly. It located in Southwark, stands on the south bank of the River Thames near Tower Bridge.Designed by Lord Foster, the architect behind London’s Millennium Bridge and the Reichstag in Berlin, the £43m City Hall will accommodate 440 staff and members. At its heart is a showpiece debating chamber, above which rises a spiral staircase.

The building has an unusual bulbous shape, intended to reduce its surface area and thus improve energy efficiency. It has been compared variously to Darth Vader’s helmet, a misshapen egg, a woodlouse or an Onion.

A 500-metre (1,640 ft) helical walkway, reminiscent of that in New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, ascends the full height of the building.

common man comments on BBc website

……This building is an exquisite gem, a masterpiece of architectural engineering, that is a herald of our times and technologies. Lord Foster has simply outdone himself with this marvellous, yet cost-effective design.

…...Norman Foster does it again. An excellent example of light and space which will assist the city’s modern look.

…….. I can’t believe planning permission was given to put this building so close to two of the capital’s major tourist attractions. Yuk!

……It looks stupid and a complete waste of money. Why not just build a normal building that won’t look totally out of date in five years like the silly buildings they where building years ago, any one remember concrete?

September 21, 2008 at 9:12 pm Leave a comment


1. name this architect on a USA stamp.

2. name this famous architect pictured on a swiss franc( he was connected with india)

3. this famous architect desinged this Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, at the age of 91. who?

September 15, 2008 at 8:25 am Leave a comment


Louis Kahn remarked: “The sun did not know how beautiful its light was until it was reflected off this building”.
The Sydney Opera House is located in Sydney, Australia was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the world’s most distinctive 20th century buildings, and among the 20 selected finalists in the 2007 New Seven Wonders of the World project.
But the architect who designed it wasn’t paid in full- one of the most embarrassing scandals in 20th century architecture.

The saga of the opera house actually began in 1957, when, at the age of 38, Jorn Utzon was still a relatively unknown architect with a practice in Denmark . Utzon had just entered an anonymous competition for an opera house to be built in Australia on a point of land jutting into Sydney harbor. Out of some 230 entries from over thirty countries, his concept was selected .he unexpectedly won the competition to design the Sydney Opera House, despite the fact that it was his first non-domestic design and his entry did not meet the contest criteria; the designs he submitted were little more than preliminary drawings. But one of the judges, Eero Saarinen, described it as “genius” and declared he could not endorse any other choice.

The work started and the shell was completed. However, there was a change of government in 1965, and the new Robert Askin government declared the project under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Public Works. Utzon fell victim to a politically lowballed construction budget, which eventually resulted in a cost overrun of 1,400 percent.

Utzon was in open conflict with the new Minister for Public Works, Davis Hughes. Attempting to rein in the escalating cost of the project, Hughes began questioning Utzon’s designs, schedules and cost estimates, and he eventually stopped the payments to Utzon, who was forced to resign as chief architect in February 1966. Utzon, who is described as being an intensely private person was unwittingly entangled in political intrigues and besieged by a hostile press, which eventually forced him out of the project before it was completed. He secretly left the country days later, never to return. The Opera house was completed by other designers under the direction of Peter Hall. Utzon refused to return to Australia and has never laid eyes on his masterpiece.

As Pritzker Laureate and Juror Frank Gehry puts it, “Utzon made a building well ahead of its time, far ahead of available technology, and he persevered through extraordinary malicious publicity and negative criticism to build a building that changed the image of an entire country. It is the first time in our lifetime that an epic piece of architecture has gained such universal presence.”

The scandal that it created kept Utzon from building more masterpieces.

This, is the real cost of the Sydney Opera House.

September 14, 2008 at 4:08 pm Leave a comment

when society becomes a slave to convention
when mankind is manned by a monotony
a breed of people strive to create change

it could be a revolutionary

or a writer

or a philosopher

but more often than not it would be an


Welcome to the world of


Welcome to the world of


‘because I create, I too am god’

Kannadasan,tamil poet

September 14, 2008 at 8:32 am Leave a comment


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