Yesterday I had a tour of one of my very favorite buildings in the world, the Sheats-Goldstein Residence by John Lautner. It was just as thrilling as the first time I visited, in 2003, when, not wanting to be invasive and not realizing that it was probably one of the most photographed buildings in California, I didn't bring a camera and didn't take a single picture. This time, I made up for it! #architecture
"Walking meditation" at Wat Ratchanatdaram, a unique temple with a fortress-like format made up of several nearly identical floors of grid-planned corridors through which you are encouraged to wander, meditatively. The interior is humble and austere, but the exterior (as glimpsed here) is as extravagant as any of the other temples in Bangkok. #architecture #buddhism
Another hotel endorsement: the Myst Dong Khoi in Saigon. The concept is tropical resort meets urban high-rise, and it's really quite successful. (Service and food are excellent, too. Thanks, @themystdongkhoi!) 🏖🏙🇻🇳
This building, with an interesting 60s or 70s-looking aluminum facade, appears to be attached to the mostly 19th century Victoria Prison complex (close to the Mid-Levels Escalator in #HongKong ) but I can't figure out what it is or find any information about the architect. Any thoughts or insights?
You have to get high to get a good look at Hong Kong. (I.M. Pei's Bank of China Tower and Norman Foster's HSBC have long been favorites, but the 1952 Bank of China Building by Palmer & Turner, immediately to HSBC's left, was an intriguing new discovery. Though it looks minuscule today, it was the tallest building in Hong Kong at completion. A precedent, perhaps, for @ramsarchitects work in Hong Kong?)