Category Archives: Architecture

Construction

The London skyline is constantly changing. An incredible amount of offices, hotels and apartments are being build all over the city.  Often old buildings have to make place for new developments. A few of these projects can be found in my new Construction gallery

Corner of Fenchurch street and Billeter street, London

Battersea Power Station

The iconic Battersea Power Station is turned into luxury apartments for the super rich. The chimney are being rebuild as this is a Grade 2 listed building.

Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station, London

Harpa Concert Hall – Reykjavik’s amazing Architecture

This is the Harpa Concert Hall Conference centre in Reykjavik, which I visited on the last day of a 9 day holiday in Iceland. Iceland is an amazing destination. The scenery of Iceland is superb with glaciers, volcanoes, geysers,  waterfalls and above all, great light.

Harpa Concert Hall

Reykjavik’s Harpa concert hall is a must see for anyone who loves modern architecture. The striking glass façade is based on the basalt structures found all over the country.

Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik

Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik – ©David Bleeker

The interior has a lot of contrast It is light because of the glass on the outside and dark because of the black concrete used throughout the building. I love to revisit this building at night to see the lighting of the façade.

The building is situated right at the waterfront with a view of the harbour and the surounding mountains. The design was a collaboration between Danish Henning Larsen Architects and Olafur Eliasson who designed the glass façade.
This year (2013) the building won the Mies van de Rohe Award (European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture).

See more exterior and interior images in the Harpa, Reykjavik Gallery

Harpa art for sale.

New Black and White Architecture Gallery

Reuters Technical Services Centre, London

Reuters Technical Services Centre, London

Black and white photography is something I sometimes got into using Ilford FP4 and HP5 and Kodak T-Max 400, later I used Kodak T400 CN which could be processed as a colour film. But I never did use black and white on a regular basis probably because I did not have my own darkroom. And Kodachrome 64 was almost standard in my camera.

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Liège Guillemins

In September I was on holiday in France for 2 weeks on the way back I made a detour to photograph the train station in Liège, Belgium.  Liège Guillemins as it is called was opened in 2009 and is designed by the famous Spanish architect Santigo Calatrava.

Liège Guillemins train station

Liège Guillemins train station

In the evening we arrived in Liège the sun had already set but I still managed to take some pictures. The next morning the weather was overcast not what I hoped for, but I still spend a few hours taking pictures inside making use of the soft light. Two days later the forecast was better so I went back very early before sunrise and had a perfect blue sky.  The roof creates great shadow patterns and scatters the light making the place really bright.

Click here for the full Liège Guillemins gallery.

‘Urban Entertainment’ in The Netherlands

Struggling to get through the backlog of images, but I plan on posting more regular.  I added some new architectural work from the ‘Urban entertainment’ centre and ‘Block 16’ in Almere and the ‘Wall House’ in Groningen. These can all be found in the Netherlands Architecture Gallery, taken at the beginning of the summer this year.

Urban Entertainment Centre, Almere

Urban Entertainment Centre, Almere ©David Bleeker

Urban Entertainment Centre, Almere

The first picture is the Concert Hall of Urban entertainment Centre in Almere. This blob-like building is constructed from reinforced concrete and clad in pre-weathered zinc. It looks very sterile, almost robotic. It reminds me of  artist impressions of living on other planets in 1980s books about space travel. Continue reading