A week in Nicaragua.
Mombacho Volcano National Preserve
Masaya Volcano National Park
Isletas de Granada
San Juan del Sur
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.