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Old February 27th, 2007, 05:46 PM   #21
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I'm surprised by how uninspiring Hong Kong's city hall is!

Here's Boston's, which I think is pretty nice too:



and Montreal's

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Old March 1st, 2007, 12:01 AM   #22
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Aachen

Germany, Aachen
I'm sorry about quality.
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Old March 1st, 2007, 08:29 AM   #23
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Zürich

Stadthaus (built 1898): City government


Rathaus (built 1649): City and cantonal parliament


Administration tower (Werdtower):

It was the Zurich office tower of UBS. The city bought it in 95.
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Old March 1st, 2007, 08:36 AM   #24
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i guess hong kong's just gets the job done, its ugly... i'm gonna take a picture of mine tomorrow and post it =)
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I'm surprised by how uninspiring Hong Kong's city hall is!
HK's Cityhall was built during the 1960s and has a brutalist style of architecture. Actually HK's Cityhall is different. HK is more of a region than a city thus it has no mayor or city council.

Instead, HK's Cityhall provides municipal services like libraries and venues for the performing arts.
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Old March 1st, 2007, 09:37 AM   #26
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i guess hong kong's just gets the job done, its ugly... i'm gonna take a picture of mine tomorrow and post it =)
Actually, given the political setup in Hong Kong, the governance centre is in the Legislative Council nearby, which is a prettier colonial-style building. Unfortunately, some of the more stunning colonial buildings around it have come and gone.
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Old March 1st, 2007, 12:33 PM   #27
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Actually, given the political setup in Hong Kong, the governance centre is in the Legislative Council nearby, which is a prettier colonial-style building. Unfortunately, some of the more stunning colonial buildings around it have come and gone.
I've seen the the legislative council (always on the news) which I agree, is much better than the stoic office building.

How do you mean the "political setup" in Hong Kong? Do you mean that because Hong Kong is a city as well as an independent (more or less) political entity with (more or less) its own sovereignty that it needs separate buildings to handle different matters?

What is the function of the city hall in HK compared to other political setups?
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Old March 2nd, 2007, 11:02 AM   #28
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I've seen the the legislative council (always on the news) which I agree, is much better than the stoic office building.

How do you mean the "political setup" in Hong Kong? Do you mean that because Hong Kong is a city as well as an independent (more or less) political entity with (more or less) its own sovereignty that it needs separate buildings to handle different matters?

What is the function of the city hall in HK compared to other political setups?
Again HK is considered a city since the region is more than 90% urban. But HK doesn't function as a city since it has no mayor. HK is more a Special Adminitrative Region of China.

HK's cityhall is more a venue for performing arts and other municipal services

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong_City_Hall

The complex has two buildings and a garden.

The High Block, a 12-storey building, is in the south-western end and houses a number of government facilities, including:

* City Hall Library, an eight-storey building.[1], which in the past served as the central library of Hong Kong
* Exhibition Gallery, 260-square feet. [2]
* Recital Hall with 111-seats. [3]
* Committee Rooms: two 40-seat committee rooms (on the 7th floor) [4]
* Marriage Registry [5]


The Low Block is at the eastern end, with the following facilities:

* Concert Hall, with 1,434 seats and 60 standees. View seating plan.
* Restaurants and a cafe [6] - continental (Deli and Wine), Chinese (City Hall Maxim's Palace) and European (Maxim's Restaurant) cuisines
* The URBTIX Box Office [7]
* Exhibition Hall, 590-square metres. [8]
* Theatre with 463 seats.[9] View seating plan.
* Performing Arts Shop [10]
* an enquiry counter [11]
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Old March 3rd, 2007, 04:16 PM   #29
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I've seen the the legislative council (always on the news) which I agree, is much better than the stoic office building.

How do you mean the "political setup" in Hong Kong? Do you mean that because Hong Kong is a city as well as an independent (more or less) political entity with (more or less) its own sovereignty that it needs separate buildings to handle different matters?

What is the function of the city hall in HK compared to other political setups?
At a high level, Hong Kong has a 2-sided political system. The district councils govern at a more granular level, but the government that convenes at the Legislative Council takes care of civic and major policy affairs. It's not like in larger countries where they have a national, provincial, and municipal government split.

District Councils : http://www.districtcouncils.gov.hk/
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Old August 7th, 2007, 02:06 AM   #30
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Liège:

renaissance style

Given the small size of City Hall, many city offices are contained in the Municipal Building (administrative tower)


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Old August 7th, 2007, 02:20 PM   #31
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Portland City Hall...
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With the MAX tracks going in out front...
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And where we have concerts...
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Old August 7th, 2007, 02:44 PM   #32
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Singapore's old City Hall building, built 1928. It also houses some courtrooms.

In a few years it'll become an art gallery together with the old Supreme Court. Sadly not all parts of the buildings will be preserved.
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Old August 8th, 2007, 04:05 PM   #33
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Wrocław [Wroclove] / Poland






giant photobase of Wroclaw:
http://wroclaw.hydral.com.pl/
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Old August 9th, 2007, 11:59 PM   #34
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Buffalo City Hall.

It's an art deco masterpiece. There are better pictures than these I'm sure. Probably by BUFFcity.

375' tall, 32 floors, 316,937 square feet, built in 1932




Second photo is from here...
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Old August 12th, 2007, 08:38 PM   #35
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Dallas

Dallas has a nice city hall. designed by IM Pei



heres another



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Old August 12th, 2007, 08:41 PM   #36
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San Sebastian-Donostia





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Old August 16th, 2007, 11:40 AM   #37
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Atlanta City Hall, completed in 1930
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Old August 16th, 2007, 02:04 PM   #38
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he Town Hall (Ayuntamiento) of Seville was built in the 16th century in Renaissance style on the remains of the former San Francisco monastery. The construction works were started by architect Diego de Riaño in 1527, who at the same time also added new parts to the Cathedral of Seville.

Originally, the main entrance to the Town Hall was on Plaza de San Francisco. On the very left of the ornate Renaissance Plateresque style façade, you can still see the remains of the carriage yard of the former monastery.

With the construction of the Plaza Nueva (New Square) in the 19th century, the entrance moved to the latter. This west front is part of a Neo-Classical extension built in 1891. Remains of the old wall are still visible from Inside the building.

Visit richly decorated Meeting Rooms of Seville´s city council.

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Old August 16th, 2007, 02:11 PM   #39
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I really dislike the City Hall in Belfast. Unfortunately, much of Belfast city centre was built by Scottish insurance and banking companies who wanted their buildings to look like those in Glasgow. This led to a lot of awful limestone building going up and the City Hall is one of those. It's supposedly a beautiful building but, to me, it's the architectural equivalent of a wedding cake. The sad results of all of this is that the true legacy of Belfast's architecture is very seldom found.

Belfast Old Town Hall:




Belfast City Hall



Edinburgh City Chambers

Front (3 Storeys):



Back (10 Storeys):
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Old August 17th, 2007, 04:03 AM   #40
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It's not exactly a big, big palace but is the City Hall of Lisbon. The City have many services divided in the City. Each service have a building.


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