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Can We Please Stop Bashing Architects?

Can We Please Stop Bashing Architects? | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it

Could figures like Bertrand Goldberg be the solution to our current crisis of confidence?. Image © Flickr User: TRAFFIK [USMegalomania?

 

Hadid's Galaxy Soho Building has been criticized for destroying Beijing's cultural heritage and displacing its residents.....

 

 

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The article poses this question, "So are architects too shy to assert their expertise? Or are they Roark-inspired ego-maniacs who “don’t listen to people”? "......well, both and that’s exactly where the trouble lies.


arch daily's Rory Scott presents a very interesting discussion of this highly debated topic....


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Architecture's New Feminist Activism Tackles the Profession's Gender-Bias

Architecture's New Feminist Activism Tackles the Profession's Gender-Bias | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
News, Information and Reviews for the design community
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Metropolis Magazine / March 2016 / The Attrition Problem The Attrition Problem Despite their healthy representation in architecture schools, many women still end up leaving the building profession. That’s a loss of talent architecture can’t afford.

I long for the day when gender bias is no longer a headline.....
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Tour Some Of Zaha Hadid's Iconic Buildings On Google Street View

Tour Some Of Zaha Hadid's Iconic Buildings On Google Street View | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
“My work is not within the accepted box,” Hadid said in a past interview with HuffPost. “Maybe because I am a woman. Also an Arab."
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Take some time to explore some of Zaha's most famous architecture.
" Famed Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid's legacy lives on in iconic buildings all over the world. Hadid constantly pushed the boundaries of design and was rewarded for her effort with the Pritzker Architecture Prize, becoming the first woman — and the first Muslim — to win the a highly prestigious award. “She combined her vision and intellect with a force of personality that left no room for complacency,” Tom Prtizker, the chairman of the foundation which awards the prize, said in a statement Thursday. “She made a real difference.” “The world of culture has lost a standard-bearer for the art of architecture,” the statement continued. “Zaha Hadid fought prejudice all her life with great success. And this, in addition to her genius as an architect, will secure her legacy for all time.” Tour some of Hadid’s work."

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Dezeen's top 10 Zaha Hadid stories of all time

Dezeen's top 10 Zaha Hadid stories of all time | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
With the design world still reeling from Zaha Hadid's unexpected death, here's a look back at 10 of her projects that have been popular with Dezeen readers
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RIP Zaha Hadid
Born: October 31, 1950, Baghdad, Iraq Died: March 31, 2016, Miami, FL Awards: Pritzker Architecture Prize, Stirling Prize, Glamour Award for The Architect-In-Chief, Structural Steel Design Award "Her architecture was modern and futuristic with very noticeable sensuous lines, she brought a femininity to Modernism." BBC.com

image: Guangzhou Opera House, China
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Editor's Choice: 50 ESSENTIAL Projects From Our Database

Editor's Choice: 50 ESSENTIAL Projects From Our Database | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Yesterday, ArchDaily celebrated 8 years online. And, while every birthday is a special occasion, this year feels to us to be particularly special: in the past year we've achieved many milestones, including the launch of both ArchDaily China and ArchDaily Perú, a move to a new platform and a new design and so many other steps forward; at the same time, in the Pritzker Prize, the Venice Biennale, and other organizations around the world, we're seeing the acceptance of a type of architecture that has always been a key part of our mission statement.

With those things in mind, now seems like a very good time to look back at how we got here - in particular, to look at some of the most notable architectural projects that have defined our time so far on the web. Our selection of 50 projects includes buildings by Pritzker Prize winners (and a number of architects who are sure to be future Pritzker Prize winners), it includes Building of the Year award winners and runners-up, and of course it includes projects that have inspired architects around the world.

This collection of projects also demonstrates the power of ArchDaily's database - an immense library of over 21,000 projects which we are adding to every day, but one which we are also working hard to give you the tools you need to make use of. With our My ArchDaily platform and our faceted search, these and many, many other projects are always at your fingertips for your inspiration, education and enjoyment.

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Álvaro Siza completes red brick theatre near Barcelona

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Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza has built a red brick theatre in Llinars del Vallès, a village outside Barcelona.

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Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza has built a red brick theatre in Llinars del Vallès, a village outside Barcelona.

In an interview with Dezeen last year, the 82yr old Pritzker Prize winning architect said his projects are never finished “because we never have enough time”.

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Zaha Hadid's architecture
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Zaha Hadid's architecture is loved and hated considered an example of avantgarde architecture or of design for its own sake detached from its context objects of

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HILLSIDE RETREAT 405 hotel rooms built entirely in bamboo and stone

HILLSIDE RETREAT 405 hotel rooms built entirely in bamboo and stone | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it

Designed on a steeply contoured irregular shaped site overlooking a valley and hills beyond, Hillside Retreat 405 merges its 400 hotel rooms into the existing landscape of its site. Proposed to be built entirely in bamboo and stone the rooms are arranged in groups of 8 to 12 in individual structures interspersed with landscaped spaces along the prevailing site contours without any land cutting. The stilted buildings leave the natural landscape almost untouched allowing each room a clear view of the valley and hills towards the northern side of the plot. Located in Coorg district of southern India with average temperatures of 35°C the orientation of the rooms minimizes heat gain into them. Locally available bamboo and stone form sustainable building materials for the project. The layout is created in an organic manner that allows for variation in the way its spaces are perceived. Each of the room blocks in further fragmented by variation in its internal spaces. The entire resort is perceived as minimal intervention in the existing landscape by the layout and the material palette of the built forms that homogenously integrate themselves with the site. Vehicular movement is restricted to one part of the site from which electric golf carts would be made available for movement within the resort and its facilities. Hillside Retreat 405 is a sustainable design solution that is a cohesive result of its layout, its materials and its contextually to its site and location. The design explores relationships between built spaces and open spaces connecting them and integrating them in a homogenous manner.
Designed:2013
Project team:SANJAY PURI & KULIN DHRUVA


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The last line says all...The design explores relationships between built spaces and open spaces connecting them and integrating them in a homogeneous manner.

#organic #architecture #sustainable #design #bamboo #stone

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The 30 Most Impressive Female Architects Alive Today

The 30 Most Impressive Female Architects Alive Today | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it

Dutch-born Caroline Bos is the co-founder and partner of UNStudio.

Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany

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There are certainly many more qualified architects that could be included here, but this article is  broad in international recognition and a great introduction to thirty well known and lesser known architects. Enjoy your journey.....

 

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Daniel Libeskind on architecture's emotional impact - CNN.com

Daniel Libeskind on architecture's emotional impact - CNN.com | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Architecture is the biggest unwritten document of history and touches us on a deep emotional level. So why don't more people think it's important?
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I really appreciate Libeskind's explanation of the important role of architecture, past, present and future. For me, he simplifies the complexity of architecture to a very consumable, comprehensible, idea....

"The most neutral architecture is often the most aggressive. But in buildings that move us, there's an element of care. It's not a question of whether a building makes us feel good or bad. It's about being moved. That's what the word emotion means. What we feel is the sense of intensity, passion and involvement. It's something that goes very deep......Architecture is already violent -- you always have to dig a foundation -- and we can tell when somebody does something just for a quick buck. We can feel that carelessness and the silence it produces."

 

Read the whole piece, and listen to the video....some great takeaways!

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Bauhaus Masters' Houses reinterpreted by Bruno Fioretti Marquez

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Two houses originally designed for professors at the Bauhaus art school in Germany, have been rebuilt by Berlin office Bruno Fioretti Marquez.
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A new interpretation of original Walter Gropius designed homes.

 

"Five houses originally designed by Walter Gropius for professors at the Bauhaus art school in Dessau, Germany, have been rebuilt as a minimalist arrangement of geometric shapes by Berlin office Bruno Fioretti Marquez."

 

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Architecture at the limits of instability: an interview with Smiljan Radić - Archinect

Architecture at the limits of instability: an interview with Smiljan Radić - Archinect | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
We’re perched high above Santiago de Chile in an unassuming meeting room, near the top of a nondescript office tower at the base of the famous San Cristóbal hill.
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Smiljan Radić  an #architect you need to know...

a man who designed and built a home called: House for the Poem of the Right Angle Vilches, Chile


Serpentine Gallery...described as something between a “giant egg” or a “Stone Age spaceship, “a symbol of hope and something more mysterious...”

 

I did what I could do.” In this case – and in general with Radić’s works – form was born between possibility and necessity, a mode of working that seems to feed off the technical and bureaucratic constraints that other architects decry.

 

 

 

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Tadao Ando and Annabelle Selldorf transform Clark Art Institute

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New buildings and spaces by Tadao Ando and Annabelle Selldorf feature at the Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts, now open after a 10-year renovation.
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Ando has contributed two new buildings to the campus. The first was the Lunder Centre at Stone Hill – a small gallery that opened in 2008 – while the second is a new visitor centre that features the architect's signature materials palette of stone, concrete and glass.

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Dune House Mimics Its Sandy Surroundings

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Despite its distinctly geometric form, the Dune House could almost be mistaken for one of the sandy formations that surround it. The home, which is situated on the small island of Terschelling in the northern Netherlands, is clad in a silvery natural wood that easily blends with the sand and windswept grass. The neutral palette chosen by Dutch architect Marc Koehler gives the impression that the home appeared from the earth and was carved by the wind, sea and sun.


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Exquisite design, in the interior and exterior with great attention and appreciation for the unique aspects of the location.

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Santiago Calatrava's World Trade Center transit terminal: converting tourists into consumers.

Santiago Calatrava's World Trade Center transit terminal: converting tourists into consumers. | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it

On a recent Sunday afternoon children sprawled on the gleaming white marble floor beneath the oculus in Santiago Calatrava's new transit and retail hub at the World Trade Center site. Young couples Instagrammed the white ribbed ceiling with light streaming through a strip of skylights. People hung out and marvelled at the space, a photo-worthy hall that at this moment serves no purpose at all. It was a rare moment in an un-programmed, un-planned, free space in a relentlessly commercial city increasingly defined by exclusion and surveillance.

 

Though on that day the hall resembled a public space, few will mistake it for one in the future. Referred to as the transit hub, Calatrava's largely underground building is, in fact, a vast shopping mall that happens to connect to a few commuter rail and subway lines. The signature oculus is actually an atrium that brings natural light — dramatically, even beautifully – into a two-storey shopping arcade that rings the space.

 

Early on, Calatrava hoped this space would bring light down to the train platforms running under the site. In the reality, the oculus serves as a magnet to pull in throngs of tourists from the plaza level below ground.

 

The all-white structure is dwarfed by the towers that surround it

Above ground, the all-white structure is dwarfed by the towers that surround it, including SOM's One World Trade, Rogers Stirk Harbour's Three World Trade, currently under construction, and Fumihiko Maki's tower Four. BIG's (or possibly Foster's) tower Two, for now, exists only on the boards. Calatrava gave his small peaked building greater presence with asymmetrical tines that crisscross over the skylights.

 

The relatively small number of riders exiting the platforms half a city block underground from the oculus/shopping atrium, which the Port Authority claims to be about 50,000 per day, are not enough to support all the retail space eventually planned for the site: 34,800 square metres. Revealingly, the Port Authority, the bi-state agency that built the complex, refers to the oculus at the Transportation & Retail Hub on its website for potential tenants.

This is where Calatrava's architectural theatrics do their real work. The thousands of New Jersey commuters are easily matched by the throngs of visitors milling around above ground who are there to see the 9/11 memorial and the country's tallest building, One World Trade. So Calatrava's task is to draw as many of those people down to the shopping concourses below as possible, converting tourists into consumers.


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I Am Not the Decorator: Female Architects Speak Out

I Am Not the Decorator: Female Architects Speak Out | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
We asked women to share their experiences working in the profession, and some 200 replied.
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It would be so nice to not have to revisit this topic, time and time again! The frustrating part is that it does not appear to be improving.....

Zaha Hadid ... 
“As a woman in architecture, you’re always an outsider…It’s okay, I like being on the edge.”

“As a woman, I’m expected to want everything to be nice and to be nice myself. A very English thing. I don’t design nice buildings – I don’t like them. I like architecture to have some raw, vital, earthy quality.”

"Would they call me a diva if I were a guy?"


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World Trade Center Transportation Hub / Santiago Calatrava

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Architects : Santiago Calatrava

Location : African Burial Ground National Monument, 290 Broadway, New York, NY 10007, USA

Project Year : 2016

Photographs : Imagen Subliminal, Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava

 

From the architect. The Transportation Hub is conceived at street level as a freestanding structure situated on axis along the southern edge of the “Wedge of Light” plaza. As described in Daniel Libeskind’s master plan for the site, the Plaza is bounded by Fulton, Greenwich and Church Streets to the North, West and East respectively and Tower 3 to the south. It links the procession of green, urban spaces that extend along Park Row from City Hall Park to St. Paul’s churchyard, to the gardens of the WTC Memorial and Battery Park along the Hudson River.


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Herzog & de Meuron adds underground gallery to Musée Unterlinden

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Herzog & de Meuron has completed an extension to the Musée Unterlinden in Colmar, France, with an underground gallery and a monumental concrete staircase
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well executed...."The Swiss firm has added nearly 2,000 square metres of floor space to the museum, which occupies a cluster of historical buildings including a 13th century convent and an early-20th-century bathhouse."." Dezeen
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New House, New Photos : Proud Architect - Studio MM Architect

New House, New Photos : Proud Architect - Studio MM Architect | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
New House, New Photos: We are very proud and excited to share the now complete "story" of our Lantern House project with you!.. The primary goal of the project was to create a home that responds to and enhances its natural surroundings
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"Perched at the top of a wooded knoll in the Hudson Valley, the Lantern Ridge House accentuates mountain views while camouflaging itself in the densely forested environment."

 

Marica McKeel is a very talented architect. I personally am very attracted to her design and acknowledgement of the importance of where and how her architecture fits into it's surrounds.

I know you will appreciate her attention to details and the wonderful choices for finishes.

 

Check out the beautiful and innovative design of the bench in the entry......LMv

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China’s Newly Completed Shanghai Tower Is Now the 2nd TALLEST Building in the World

China’s Newly Completed Shanghai Tower Is Now the 2nd TALLEST Building in the World | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Gensler's recently completed Shanghai Tower is now the 2nd tallest building in the world, and the tallest building in China, according to The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).  At 632 meters tall, it is the third building in the world to exceed 600 meters and be designated “megatall.”

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FYI: Its spiralling form signals China’s emergence, but also provides a 24 percent saving in structural wind loading when compared to a rectangular building of the same height.

 

If you want more.. ArchDaily shares: These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings  http://www.archdaily.com/779178/these-are-the-worlds-25-tallest-buildings

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When Fame is the KISS of Death

When Fame is the KISS of Death | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Too many architects once heralded as rising stars have seen their work descend into caricature and recycled motifs. In this cautionary tale, Peter Buchanan asks whether early recognition can stunt burgeoning creativity and originality

Our restless, consumerist, neophiliac society is always seeking the new, the next thing, the emergent - as suggestive of an underlying antsy, advertising-inflamed, pervasive dissatisfaction that is intrinsic to our culture’s unsustainability. This search for novelty applies even to architecture. Yet, besides being about innovation and originality, architecture should also be a conservative discipline, promising a satisfying stability and drawing on and preserving past wisdom - something undervalued by modern architects. So, can early acclaim for an emerging architect, particularly for being a herald of the new, be a handicap as much as a boon - even the kiss of death? There are good reasons, explored here, to think so.

Numerous architects displaying early talent have failed to flower into full maturity as designers, in part because of the pressures that inevitably follow premature recognition. Some that immediately come to mind are Richard Meier, Arata Isozaki, Mario Botta, Jean Nouvel, Santiago Calatrava and Enric Miralles. Something similar applies in extreme degree to Frank Gehry - he had been a conventional modern architect before reinventing himself when remodelling his own house, before collapsing into self-caricature (although the Bilbao Guggenheim is successful as site-specific sculpture). Worse still than this failure to fulfil the promise, perhaps, is the search for stimulation through novelty which compounds other more prevalently problematic aspects of today’s architectural scene.

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....a rather critical read but very thought provoking...

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Broad Art Museum at MSU opens new Zaha Hadid building | MSUToday | Michigan State University

Broad Art Museum at MSU opens new Zaha Hadid building | MSUToday | Michigan State University | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU, a new Zaha Hadid-designed contemporary art museum, opened Nov. 10 following a public dedication ceremony.
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As an obvious fan and follower of architecture, I have not often been drawn into Zaha Hadid's architecture on an emotional or visual level. This museum is very interesting and I am very intrigued. Have a look through the images on the Dezeen post and the background for the museum space:
"...with a pleated facade of stainless steel and glass that contrasts with the surrounding red brickwork of the university’s Collegiate Gothic north campus..."

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A Salt Shed for Spring Street - News - Architectural Record

A Salt Shed for Spring Street - News - Architectural Record | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Dattner Architects and WXY teamed up on an angular, seven-story building in Manhattan's TriBeCa neighborhood designed to hold 5,000 tons of salt.
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" The so-called shed — really a seven-story enclosure designed to hold 5,000 tons of salt — is an adjunct to a massive sanitation department garage designed by Dattner Architects and WXY Architecture & Urban Planning.

 

I saw it last week and really think it holds it's own among the stiff architectural competition of the neighborhood. The concrete application is spectacular and it's shape and flow look great....

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Jean Nouvel Is a Master Without a Style

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Talking to the architecte terrible who can’t stand one of his new buildings.
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"to treat Nouvel’s work as nothing more than arrogant folly is to dismiss one of the era’s great practitioners. What makes him interesting is the interaction of his talent and his flaws — the fact that an architectural genius can also be an egomaniacal sculptor."

 

a great read and a very interesting genius...

 

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Nouvel nos habla de su relación con París:

“My approach to architecture is tied to my European culture, my French upbringing, and my Parisian trajectory,” he says, studying the label on a bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. “But I think it’s essential to merge an insider’s knowledge with an outsider’s perspective. Otherwise, you take too much for granted, and you fail to see what’s possible. Sometimes when you think you know a city, you don’t really know it at all.”

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Facade of Yinchuan Art Museum references a Chinese river

Facade of Yinchuan Art Museum references a Chinese river | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
The ribbon-like facade of this art museum was designed by WAA to mimic the layers of sediment left by the gradual shifting of the nearby Yellow River
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India Art n Design Global Hop : When two become one: Ribbon Chapel

India Art n Design Global Hop : When two become one: Ribbon Chapel | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Tokyo-based architect Hiroshi Nakamura has designed a wedding chapel located midway on a hill in the garden of the Bella Vista Sakaigahama resort in Onomichi, Hiroshima.
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very inspiring architecture...the marriage of form and function....pun intended!

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