Posts Tagged: highrise

Dizzying Inequality

Ben Wheatley’s film High Rise, a multi-story about decadence and class war in a Brutalist housing estate in London, brought plenty of images to my mind when I saw it. The first was a tower built by Ábalos & Herreros in

Dizzying Inequality

Ben Wheatley’s film High Rise, a multi-story about decadence and class war in a Brutalist housing estate in London, brought plenty of images to my mind when I saw it. The first was a tower built by Ábalos & Herreros in

Destination: Barcelona’s Renaissance Fira Hotel

[Originally published in Azure, May 2014] The elevator soars up the Hotel Renaissance Fira Barcelona, and my knees buckle beneath me as hundreds of palm trees and plants zoom past the glass cabin. What might be the fastest lift in

Destination: Barcelona’s Renaissance Fira Hotel

[Originally published in Azure, May 2014] The elevator soars up the Hotel Renaissance Fira Barcelona, and my knees buckle beneath me as hundreds of palm trees and plants zoom past the glass cabin. What might be the fastest lift in

Garden and Gaffe: A Hotel by Jean Nouvel

Leon Battista Alberti famously wrote: “The city is like some large house and the house in turn like some small city”. If there is one type of “house” that comes closest to Alberti’s “small city”, then surely it is the

Garden and Gaffe: A Hotel by Jean Nouvel

Leon Battista Alberti famously wrote: “The city is like some large house and the house in turn like some small city”. If there is one type of “house” that comes closest to Alberti’s “small city”, then surely it is the

Integrated Highrise

[originally published in Mark Magazine #18] Barcelona is a city without very many tall buildings. Not only that: the few tall buildings that do exist are spread relatively evenly throughout the metropolis, not unlike the way church steeples once dotted

Integrated Highrise

[originally published in Mark Magazine #18] Barcelona is a city without very many tall buildings. Not only that: the few tall buildings that do exist are spread relatively evenly throughout the metropolis, not unlike the way church steeples once dotted

Welcome to the Hotel Barcelona

In case anyone hasn’t noticed, Barcelona is in the tail-end of a hotel construction boom. And Barcelona being “Barceloooooonaaaaaa” means, of course, that these have to be designer hotels. Designery types such as Richard Rogers, Dominique Perrault, Carlos Ferrater, Oriol

Welcome to the Hotel Barcelona

In case anyone hasn’t noticed, Barcelona is in the tail-end of a hotel construction boom. And Barcelona being “Barceloooooonaaaaaa” means, of course, that these have to be designer hotels. Designery types such as Richard Rogers, Dominique Perrault, Carlos Ferrater, Oriol

The pursuit of pleasure by the most efficient available means: the urbanism of Benidorm, Spain

[originally published in Onsite Review # 14] Benidorm is a city in southeastern Spain with an urban morphology that is highly unusual for Europe: it is a city of point towers. From a distance, it resembles an American downtown or a new

The pursuit of pleasure by the most efficient available means: the urbanism of Benidorm, Spain

[originally published in Onsite Review # 14] Benidorm is a city in southeastern Spain with an urban morphology that is highly unusual for Europe: it is a city of point towers. From a distance, it resembles an American downtown or a new