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Old Feb 27, 2010, 7:26 PM   #1
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This building continues to fascinate me. Here's some pictures that are just for fun - they aren't all that great, but I liked them, in a dizzying sort of way. I can't quite decide if I should start by trying to explain the building first or just post the pictures, then try to explain. It's easier to show the pictures first, then perhaps I'll be able to give you the reason why it's interesting.





Are you dizzy yet? I got dizzy just looking at them - the 12-24 gives you very strange perspective when you look up and I made no attempt to correct it (thought it would cut out too much of the sides which would make it even less understandable). This second one is over-the-top, but I thought it seemed appropriate considering the subject.

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This is one building, it's built in a square with the catwalks connecting the wings and floors. I love the angles and look of the catwalks.

What's under those catwalks?



Parked cars. What makes it interesting is that it's not just a parking lot:



It's a multi-story parking structure. And the parking structure is something like 30 years old. They built the building with the catwalks around and over the existing parking structure - an interesting design and construction problem.

I always have fun trying to take pictures of this interesting building. These are all HDR processed with photomatix, as the scene is way too much dynamic range.
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i actually quite like the 1st and last images from this set. some very interesting geometry.
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couldn't help but wonder how those geometries would come out in black and white, so i went ahead an tried a quick edit. i rather like it in mono
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Old Feb 27, 2010, 8:03 PM   #4
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Ooh, very cool in b&w. I probably could use one exposure, or maybe two for these and convert to b&w - I wouldn't have to worry about blowing out the sky. I'll have to play some more - thanks for the idea!
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Very cool Harriet!
I like em, the B&W is quite nice to Dustin.
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I love this type of outside the box architecture. You have captured it nicely. I like the HDR and the colors of the structure against the cloudless blue sky. I find the B&W not as appealing.

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Interesting. These intersecting walkways remind me of the crazy quilt patterns on some college quads where the path never seem to be in the right place, and the students have cut across from one path to another, wearing new paths in the grass. I heard of one or two campuses which didn't pave anything until the students had created their own paths, and then they paved them over - problem solved!
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Old Feb 27, 2010, 10:38 PM   #8
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Sounds like Cornell - I know they did that. This does look similar, only this time the paths are in 3D.

This building was designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects and is fun to look at and photograph. I don't know much about architecture, especially modern buildings, but I really like this one and choose to walk this way on my lunch break when it's more or less on my way. I have no idea if the occupants actually use the catwalks to get from one place to another (they aren't covered, but that's not a big deal in Southern California where the weather is mostly boring).
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Very cool and well taken, looks like some of Escher's work.
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I thought about doing something like that with one or two of these, when I saw your other thread. They would work well with this type of thing.
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