I just got back from Barcelona (which was my 4th trip just this year) and by now I accumulated thousand of photos form this beautiful city. I will keep posting images here little by little, but this specific post I decided to dedicate to three buildings that I found impressive. If you are into photography or architectural photography specifically, it's absolutely worth checking out these 3 locations if you are in Barcelona and wondering what to do.
Previous photos from Barcelona that I posted this year can be found here:
Parc Esportiu de Cornellà
The outdoor pool at Parc de Llobregat designed by Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza is actually in Cornellà which is about half an hour from Barcelona, but it's more than worth the journey. When I was there in August first I got a little disappointed that the pool was closed for renovation, but then I quickly realized how lucky I am to get a chance to take photos of it with nobody around.
The pool has two two parts — an outdoor oval shape that is surrounded by grass where you can hang out and enjoy the sun and a connected indoor part for some serious swimming. The indoor part is what is astonishing here. It is covered by a huge “dome” with multiple rounded windows to allow the sunlight come through the roof creating this alien-like ship shape.
The Walden 7 is an apartment building designed by Ricardo Bofill and located in the town of Sant Just Desvern, close to Barcelona. The original project included 446 residences, not sure how many there are now. And the name of the building is inspired by B. F. Skinner's science-fiction novel, Walden Two, which depicts a utopian community.
Walden 7 is a project implementing some of Ricardo Bofill's earliest ambitions and addressing some of the problems of modern city life. The housing structure benefits from Bofill's earlier research and the idea of providing public spaces and gardens for residents to enjoy an enhanced quality of living. The building consists of a fourteen story cluster of apartments grouped around five courtyards, on top of which are two swimming pools. The entire building is designed with atypical way in which the housing block is approached. Eighteen towers, seven courtyards, a modular but unsystematic grid, and extensive public space create a vertical labyrinth with no repetitiveness or uniformity.
Palau de la Música Catalana
Here's a building you can not miss when walking around Barcelona, but not many people dare to go inside. It translates as "Palace of Catalan Music" and was designed in the Catalan modernista style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. It was built in record time of 3 years between 1905 and 1908. The project was financed primarily by the society, but important financial contributions also were made by Barcelona's wealthy industrialists and bourgeoisie.
For me personally it was a whole other experience, as we had an honor to speak at this stage at Smashing Conference last week.
I scanned couple of more rolls of film from India, this time from 2005. At the end of my internship in architectural agency in Deli in 05 (that's a whole other story), I made a short trip to Agra to see Taj Mahal.
But first, some photos from Fatephur Sikri which is worth visiting too, a magnificent fortified ancient city, 40km west of Agra. It was the short-lived capital of the Mughal empire between 1572 and 1585, during the reign of Emperor Akbar.
All photos were shot on Zenit 11 manual camera with KODAK Gold 200.
From my recent trip back home to Tallinn, I brought back to NY rolls of film from the past. Few years ago I bought a scanner that can scan negatives and started slowly restoring my old photo archives form the times I used to shoot film.
In this post I wanted to share some photos from a holy city of Varanasi during my first trip in India back in 2004, 13 years ago.
All photos were shot on Zenit 11 manual camera with Fuji Superia 200.
New York life through April and May
Every year Red Hook Crit, a street bike race, takes place in Red Hook, Brooklyn. This year my brother's team ELF (East London Fixed) flew from London to race in the event. I've heard of this race, but never had a chance to come and check it out. Overall it's a super nice atmosphere and really exciting just to watch people race. I have noticed it's totally design event as well, you just see all riders from New York show up with their super styled bike frames, clothing and even socks are part of the big deal here.
Couple of months ago I started a mini experiment, where I made one simple poster a day for a month. Most of the graphics was quite abstract, using simple shapes and utilizing Blend tool in Illustrator (btw I wrote more about the Blend tool and how I use it earlier in this blog). This wasn't even meant to be a real project, but rather an exercise in simple shapes and composition.
/ 25 static posters
Even though I liked some of the images I thought animating them would bring more life and make graphics more dynamic and interesting. I believe that our screens are not utilized to its full potential just yet. If I were to print posters, they should obviously remain static, but since they were only meant to live on a screen, adding motion to them seemed like an obvious idea.
One of the compositions I made above was formed by a number of red full circles and half circles bounded by paper margins. I though I can animate it by dropping circles from above. To do so I had to learn some expressions in After Effects by watching tutorials on YouTube to achieve that "bounce" effect when circles touch surfaces.
Having simple circles fall down wasn't interesting enough. I wanted to add a second layer that would be revealed by animation. Since it was Friday, I though adding typography and reminding myself that it was Friday and probably not the best day to sit infront of the screen, would make it a little more fun.
When I finished animating the first poster I though that it would be interesting to think about adding that additional layer that can be revealed using animation. For the next few weeks when I had a spare moment I would sketch some of the ideas on paper and then later try them out in After Effects.
Interesting thing here is that I had to plan grid and layouts based on number of letters in each day of the week. You can see that count at the bottom right of the sketch.
The next poster utilizing "reveal" concept was designed on Sunday. By moving simple shapes within a grid I was able to show the word "sun" and few seconds later the word "day" forming SUNDAY.
Saturday was the first poster where I started to skew type and play on moving proportions to form different layouts over time.
Monday is using similar concept as Sunday, where I reveal parts of the words by scaling circles inside smaller boxes that build a background pattern.
I am used to seeing static design most of the time and having that one file where I can see everything sitting nice on a grid. In this project I had to get used to that one static view doesn't exist anymore, the graphics is constantly in motion.
Working on Thursday poster I discovered "Turbulent Displace" effect in After Effects. This is one of the best examples where I wouldn't think of this design working in static mode in Illustrator or Photoshop. The idea came by playing with motion in After Effects.
Wednesday is for work. Letters formed by constructor elements.
Skewing type is a big no in typography. Too many things can go wrong if you distort letters. Glad there's no typography police investigating my work.
By the way here are the three typefaces I used in this project:
- Akzidenz-Grotesk BQ Extended
- Druk XCondensed Super
- Druk Text Wide Heavy
All animated posters together
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