•March 13, 2008 • 3 Comments
Hearst Tower, the world headquarter for Hearst Corporation, is located on the corner of Eighth and 57th in downtown New York City and houses such publications as Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Designed by architect Norman Foster and his partners, the stainless-steal fortress-like skyscraper was named one of “The Best Buildings of 2007” by BusinessWeek magazine.
Forty-six stories high, the Hearst Tower rests seemingly inharmoniously atop a six-story tower base that was built back in 1928 by Joseph Urban. The pedestal sat tower-less for nearly eight decades until Foster, the founder of Foster + Partners, became intrigued by the half-built structure and decided to finish what the Great Depression had stalled.
Although the Hearst Corporation had long since outgrown the location and was split up among 12 separate offices, the company is now finally back at its original home, where synergy and collaboration now abound among its publication leaders and employees. Hearst has credited the unique aesthetics and superior interior design by Gensler for the increased productivity and greatly improved corporate image since relocating to the Tower. Take a look at the building for yourself.
•March 11, 2008 • 3 Comments
Built expressly to beautify the city of San Francisco, Coit Tower sits atop Telegraph Hill as a memorial to the vision of its endower: Lillie Hitchcock Coit. Ms. Coit was a well-known volunteer firefighter, a benefactress to the city, and an eccentric resident of North Beach who was notorious for her antics and affinity for firefighters. She reputedly felt a strong kinship with San Francisco, and when she died in 1929, she left one-third of her estate for the beautification of her beloved city.
Architects Arthur Brown, Jr., designer of the San Francisco City Hall, and Henry Howard are responsible for designing the reinforced concrete tourist attraction, which features the art deco styling that has become synonymous with the 1930s.
Situated between the Financial District and Fisherman’s Wharf, Coit Tower was built in 1933 as a memorial to Ms. Coit and the San Francisco firemen. The area the tower sits upon was bought by some local businessmen in 1867 to protect it from development; it was later donated to the city on the understanding that it would become Pioneer Park. Today, Coit Tower rests in the midst of the park overlooking and protecting this great city.
Despite the Tower’s fame, the most interesting thing about this structure is not the building itself, but rather what’s inside of it. The interior is covered in gigantic murals, mostly depicting the hardships Californians experienced during the Great Depression. In addition, the tower’s observation platform rewards its visitors with a matchless panoramic view of the city. When next in San Francisco, walk up the scenic Filbert Steps to this historic spot and take in the view. In the meantime, I hope you have enjoyed these photos.
•March 3, 2008 • 13 Comments
Enjoy the following breathtaking photos of the Golden Gate Bridge: a California gem and one of the world’s most recognizable architectural triumphs.
•February 29, 2008 • Leave a Comment
Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) constructed the following stark, towering brick bank with the help of Swiss architect Mario Botta. In 1998, it was purchased by Bank for International Settlements (BIS).
•February 28, 2008 • 2 Comments
Also known as Haneda Airport, Tokyo International Airport is Japan’s busiest airport and features one of the most artistic terminals built in the last decade.
•February 25, 2008 • 3 Comments
Designed by the amazing Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, HSB Turning Torso, located in Malmö, Sweden, is the tallest residential building in the European Union. It was patterened after a white marble sculpture Calatrava designed called, “Twisting Torso,” which he replicated after the human body.