Vertical\\Horizontal – which are the most flattering? That super-slim escalator in 30 Rockefeller Center wears them both well. It must be the narrowest one in New York!
New York City
June 17th, 2018
On the bus trip back to Seattle, I was absorbed by the (fairly) unobstructed views over Lake Union, thinking how clearly visible the Space Needle is even at such a distance, when this industrial building, looking very much like a power plant, with six smokestacks that didn’t seem to work, caught my eye. Then I saw Zymogenetics written on two of the smokestacks, covering their full length… What a strange name for a power plant, I thought, coming straight out of a science-fiction script. Somehow, it reminded me of the Zygons, those shape-shifting aliens from outer space, in Doctor Who.
Curious about the building (but mostly its alien-sounding name), I looked it up: ZymoGenetics, Inc was one of the oldest biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies in the USA, now closed at this address after its acquisition by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, another American pharmaceutical company, headquartered in New York City. The building, or parts of it, was taken over by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, one of the country’s leading cancer research institutions. (source: Wikipedia & GeekWire)
Bus-ride from Everett to Seattle, WA
June 14th, 2018
Retro futura vibes in the heart of Seattle: Space Needle, the Monorail and Frank Gehry’s Museum of Pop Culture. A spot of time travel in only a few steps. We set out to discover whether they are as fun on the inside as their awesome exteriors suggest.
”When Frank O. Gehry began designing the museum, he was inspired to create a structure that evoked the rock ‘n’ roll experience. He purchased several electric guitars, sliced them into pieces, and used them as building blocks for an early model design.”
If VI Was IX
The Roots and Branches Sculpture
Artist & Composer: Trimpin
”This sculpture is composed of nearly 700 instruments. Forty are custom-made, computer-controlled self-playing guitars, which perform a series of Trimpin’s compositions expressive of the roots of American popular music.”
June 13th, 2018
The fascinating building of the Seattle Central Library, by OMA + LMN (Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus), where ”digital” and ”paper” cohabit, coexist and complement each other. And the building that was: the Seattle Public Library, opened in 1906, built on the same block as the current masterpiece (last photo).
June 12th, 2018
The Capitol, Salt Lake City, UT
June 6th, 2018
Walking past the Eagle Gate, which was originally built to mark the entrance to Brigham Young’s property (that included the Lion House and the Beehive House), on the ascending N. State St. which leads to the Capitol and is lined with some of the most beautiful houses in Salt Lake City.
Capitol Hill, Salt Lake City, UT
June 6th, 2018
But, first, a view of the exterior of the grand Joseph Smith Memorial Building, the interior of which we explored yesterday, then the simple vertical lines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Church Office Building, its minimal design in contrast to its convoluted name; and, finally, the most sacred of them all, the Salt Lake Temple; a place of worship and, as such, open only to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and certainly not to tourists. For the curious, there’s always the South Visitors’ Center, where a scale model of the temple and its interior is available for all to see. That’s where we’re going tomorrow. But, for now, please enjoy the views from the Temple grounds.
Temple Square, Salt Lake City, UT
June 6th, 2018
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