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   CaliforniaMama  Thursday May 16 12:36 PM

May 16, 2013 - Dubai



I found this really cool building in Dubai, but I can't seem to find any other info. I saw a lot of very interesting buildings in Dubai, but no real info.



glatt  Thursday May 16 12:46 PM

You sure that's not London?



Happy Monkey  Thursday May 16 12:46 PM

Sure that's not London? (heh, dupe w/link)



BigV  Thursday May 16 12:54 PM

When fact checkers attack!

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt View Post
You sure that's not London?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Happy Monkey View Post
Sure that's not London? (heh, dupe w/link)
heh.


ogwen69  Thursday May 16 01:05 PM

That is 30 St Mary Axe, London - aka The Gherkin

With Tower42, Formerly the NatWest Tower behind



Lamplighter  Thursday May 16 01:44 PM

It's really nice to see the long-lasting and consistent style
of British architecture protecting their classic scenes of history...



Aliantha  Thursday May 16 06:51 PM

Yeah, I thought it looked like the Gherkin. What a dumb name for a building imo, but I guess that's what it looks like.



Tanalia  Thursday May 16 07:00 PM

Maybe the Burj Al Arab was intended; it has a similar shape seen from the front.



mrputter  Friday May 17 12:12 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by CaliforniaMama View Post
saw a lot of very interesting buildings in Dubai, but no real info.
There's a long-time Cellarite (and skyscraper fan, to boot) over here who lived in Dubai for 5 years, and can totally hook you up if you're ever looking for info... :-)


toranokaze  Friday May 17 01:47 AM

That is the largest dildo I have ever seen.



Sundae  Friday May 17 04:27 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Aliantha View Post
Yeah, I thought it looked like the Gherkin. What a dumb name for a building imo, but I guess that's what it looks like.
That's only its nickname of course
We now also have The Shard and to come, The Walkie-Talkie.

Lamp, London is a living, breathing, working city.
I'd rather have something interesting to look at as well as the historical buildings, than the boring cereal-box offices we usually get.


limey  Friday May 17 05:26 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae View Post

Lamp, London is a living, breathing, working city.
I'd rather have something interesting to look at as well as the historical buildings, than the boring cereal-box offices we usually get.
Me too!

Sent by thought transference


DanaC  Friday May 17 06:06 AM

Not to mention, if we did actually protect all our 'classic scenes of history' we'd never be able to build anything new in the capital.

You can't go three feet in London without tripping over a historically significant something.



Sundae  Friday May 17 06:34 AM

Depending on how appropriate my footwear is, I can't go more than three feet without tripping over...



limey  Friday May 17 08:04 AM

I'm sure there's a joke about a Dwellar in here somewhere ...



Lamplighter  Friday May 17 10:07 AM

We, in the US, have such "civic monstrosities" too, even here in PDX.
Sometimes it's an architect's eqo, sometimes it just pure $.

So, I'm sorry to offend the Brit Dwellars about this one,
but London fell short twice with this huge tourist trap.

First in allowing the thing to be built in a post-card location,
and second in naming it.
It should be called the "The London Eye Soar"
... or better yet, a homonym thereof.




Sundae  Friday May 17 10:26 AM

I love it!
I'm not being contradictory for the sake of it, I just find it a wonderful addition to the Southbank. And BTW, have you seen the National Theatre?

I spent my childhood holidays learning to skate there, and to me it's a welcome addition.
It honestly isn't in front of anything all that exciting - the Shell Centre?

Video of Dani and me on a much, MUCH smaller and temporary version in front of the infinitely more picturesque "Versaille on Sea"; Greenwich. Imagine if we'd been on the Eye Wheel!



xoxoxoBruce  Friday May 17 10:29 AM

Continuity = Stagnation.



Ocean's Edge  Friday May 17 10:38 AM

I get where Lamplighter is coming from. Its such a tough thing for urban planners - especially for a historic city like London, to move into the 21st century, without being in jarring contrast to the past. However all those brilliant historical buildings were once brand new shining examples of architecture and moving into the new century. If you don't as a city continue to move forward you become stagnant. OTOH ... things like Toronto's R.O.M. make over are an abomination.

Take this:


then stick this on it:


.. I'm not sure I know the answer, I don't envy them the question.



xoxoxoBruce  Friday May 17 10:41 AM

How do you differentiate merely old from historically significant?



Ocean's Edge  Friday May 17 11:18 AM

I *think* perhaps the water test is whether there is some OTHER attribute as well as being old..

Whether it's a particularly fine example of an important architectural style, or the who owned / built it, or significant event(s) took place there...

We own a 120 yr old house - it is old, it is not however historically significant - or at least only minorly so. It having been owned and built by one of the community's original prominent families - but it's a small community, and it's built in an unusual and distinctive look for the area, but not built by the well known architect of the area for that period - although he too was a member of the same extended family. It's more an interesting curiosity than a landmark.



SeanAhern  Wednesday May 29 07:52 PM

The Gherkin

Quoting Wikipedia:

30 St Mary Axe (widely known informally as "the Gherkin" and previously the Swiss Re Building) is a skyscraper in London's main financial district, the City of London, completed in December 2003 and opened in May 2004. With 41 floors, the tower is 180 metres (591 ft) tall and stands on a street called St Mary Axe.



ZenGum  Thursday May 30 03:27 AM

That Toronto thing is about as bad as the Glass Pyramid in front of the Louvre. The Louvre is beautiful, the pyramid is cool, but it's like salmon and chocolate.



footfootfoot  Thursday May 30 01:08 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
That Toronto thing is about as bad as the Glass Pyramid in front of the Louvre. The Louvre is beautiful, the pyramid is cool, but it's like salmon and chocolate.
But they both can be made into mousse, so therefore all doctors are tall.


orthodoc  Thursday May 30 01:14 PM

The corollary being that mousse is not tax deductible unless consumed in the Louvre.



Sundae  Thursday May 30 02:53 PM

What about green mouse ice-cream?



footfootfoot  Friday May 31 01:01 AM

I will not eat it, Sam am I am.



CaliforniaMama  Monday Jun 10 08:55 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ocean's Edge View Post
We own a 120 yr old house - it is old, it is not however historically significant - or at least only minorly so. <snip> It's more an interesting curiosity than a landmark.
Picture please!


CaliforniaMama  Monday Jun 10 09:04 PM

Glad you all had so much fun with the image and thank you for excusing my ignorance! I did not confuse it with the other Dubai building that looks like a sailboat and I don't know how I got it associated with Dubai. I don't remember London even being mentioned in what I had been looking at.

The funny thing is that it is that I saw the building in a panoramic view of London last night. It was in the Fast and Furious 6 movie that I watched with dear hubby last night. (Never thought I'd be watching one of those kind of movies, but I actually enjoyed it.)



CaliforniaMama  Thursday Jun 20 05:04 PM

I came across the link I used for this image. The caption is: "famous buildings in Dubai." Someone needs to do a little fact checking at Unique Things!



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