I've posted these elsewhere too, but here're 2 buildings in Rotterdam. The first one is a relatively playfully designed "skyskraper" (by Dutch definitions anyway, it's 124m high), the second is an appartment building under construction that reminds me of La Pedrera in Barcelona, only executed in angular metal rather than curvy stone...
In my spare time between taking photo's I do my best to build good modern architecture outside the major cities. Some of my efforts. Apologies that the images are out of a 5D appart from the second one which is the GXR Voigtlander.
Landowner, developer, but with a science and design background. We insist on the architects being the priority and give them full backing all the way through from master planning to the detailing at the end. As a consequence the development industry don't like us much.
ooh those are some really nice buildings! The buildings in the first image, the tall one in the last, and the one with the wooden planks forming an outer shell all come across to me as modern interpretations of medieval buildings in a way; the first ones, like little domed huts for the peasants, built with whatever's at hand; the tower should be pretty obvious; and the one with the planks as outer shell reminds me of the wooden fortifications of the early middle ages. Now this might just be my fantasy running wild, but that's how I see it
That is perceptive of you. The first ones were designed by Alison Brooks architects and referenced the Essex barns in the area, and the copper tower, By architects PCKO, took influence from the dutch designed wind mills of Essex. We are trying to make it a place that has connection to the location and is not some standard build it anywhere pattern that happens all over the UK. We also had a colour specialist, the late Tom Porter come up with a palette of local colours and materials that would originally been sourced in the area. All architects and developers have to adhere to these and in that way despite there being many different architects and developers on the project it should end up with a sense place related it it's location in Essex in the south of England.
You can read more about it here ( Newhall )if you are interested. Go to the Newhall history tab and the pdf version of The Book of Newhall is available. We had Pentagram and Large Blue design it and the web site, and the photo's are by Richard Foster.