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Old August 21st, 2010, 07:33 AM   #41
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Old August 21st, 2010, 02:52 PM   #42
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@Metropolitan 3.0, very interesting post. What amazes me sometimes in Europe is here, at least in Germany, you often have a small town in the countryside which has an ugly highrise apartment building in the middle of it. Why these get built always surprises me. Why build a single highrise apartment block in a small town in the countryside. Sure, in most cases these towns are surrounding a larger city and part of the commuter belt, but there are still far more urban places nearby where they should have been built.

@hkskyline. I think you are right there. Whilst many other places around the world build their first skyscrapers as office towers, usually built on a grand scale. In most of Europe, the first highrises were socialist housing blocks and of very poor quality built by councils on the cheap and in a hurry, often in places where they really stand out and look quite ugly. This has given highrises a bad name. Things have changed in Europe these days, with many of these old council highrises being demolished and few low income council highrises are built anymore, most being more luxurious apartment towers or of course quality office towers. But old hates take a long time to change.
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Old August 27th, 2010, 06:35 PM   #43
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How can you call the Dancing House miss placed! It's the same hight and has beautifull decorations, just like all the other buildings in Prague...

yes, it isn't a reconstruction and they choose to build a very modern building...but they build the best building for that place
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Old August 27th, 2010, 06:47 PM   #44
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It is misplaced because it is ugly. Just another one of Frank Gehry's abominations.
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Old August 27th, 2010, 07:37 PM   #45
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Gehry is a genius.
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Old August 27th, 2010, 07:54 PM   #46
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Sure, the height is similar, but the form is nowhere like its other more historical neighbours.
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Old August 29th, 2010, 02:12 AM   #47
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Being in a completely neutral position, I quite like the Dancing House. It somehow seems to stand out while still integrating with the buildings surrounding it. It catches your eye, but doesn't dominate the surroundings. I can definitely see how it can be controversial in a city like Prague though.

Anyways a couple from Cardiff:

The Pierhead Building, built in the 1890s, stands next to the ultra-modern Senedd in the middle of the redeveloped Cardiff Bay:



The Golden Cross, an old pub from the 1830s or 40s that's apparently become a gay bar now.(I couldn't find a decent image so I'm using Google Street View)
http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&ll...1.56,,0,-13.42

And I'm surprised no one's mentioned the Tower of London yet. You have a 900+ year old castle sitting on the outskirts of one of the world's most important(arguably the most important) financial centers.
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Old August 29th, 2010, 08:44 AM   #48
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Some of those old buildings are indeed very misplaced beside the magnificent Gehrybuilding...

Come on. It is a beautiful peace of architecture which fits in perfectly. It shows very much respect to the old buildings because it has the same height, same colour as its neighbour, just as much decorations, little turret on the corner (just like the buildings on the other side of the street). Gehry proves a new style building can fit in easily in an old environment, it is special but it doesn't scream for attention.
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Old August 29th, 2010, 10:28 AM   #49
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The Coops (Melbourne Central) Shot Tower, built in 1890, is a 50m building located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. The historic building was saved from demolition in 1973 when it was decided that it would be incorporated into the massive Melbourne Central complex (built 1991) underneath an 84m high conical glass roof.

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Old August 29th, 2010, 10:34 AM   #50
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^Saved from demolition, but also imprisoned for the rest of its life. I wonder what is worse.

But it looks kinda cool. Any more pics?
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Old August 29th, 2010, 10:47 AM   #51
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Indeed it is prisoned. Here's some more pictures

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Old August 29th, 2010, 06:14 PM   #52
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Before the WW2 this house was standing on the place


but was destroyed during air strike in WW2, few people in the house died


so there were many objections against the construction of new building and probably are until now
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Shah-Goli Palace in Tabriz:



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Gehry's building (Dancing House) is certainly missplaced, like a contorsionist that suddenly appears between the members of a marching band. It is also a missed opportunity, of course, since it would have been a piece of art if he had managed to make it different, modern, and still fitted in the context.
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A huge modern building built in the middle of old low-rise houses and uninspired buildings. The architect hopes it could spark a revolution of modernism in this area.
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Old August 30th, 2010, 10:55 PM   #56
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Moscow arch. misplacement:
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Gehry's building (Dancing House) ... It is also a missed opportunity, of course, since it would have been a piece of art if he had managed to make it different, modern, and still fitted in the context.
...and so Gehry did. What else do you want?
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Some of those old buildings are indeed very misplaced beside the magnificent Gehrybuilding...

Come on. It is a beautiful peace of architecture which fits in perfectly. It shows very much respect to the old buildings because it has the same height, same colour as its neighbour, just as much decorations, little turret on the corner (just like the buildings on the other side of the street). Gehry proves a new style building can fit in easily in an old environment, it is special but it doesn't scream for attention.
True! I love that building!
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...and so Gehry did. What else do you want?
It is an ugly abomination (much like Gehry's other works) and most likely poorly designed to function as an actually building (see the Stata Center).
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True! Being a Gehry, it's not supposed to 'blend in'.
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