Posted by Rick (Toronto, Canada) on 10 July 2012 in Cityscape & Urban.
A geometric observation from Bloor street, Toronto, taken in 2008 as the hideous addition to a once stately Royal Ontario Museum neared abomination-completion. An entirely subjective opining, of course.
On dirait que le bâtiment va tomber, quel cadrage quel effet et iamge sueprbe.
10 Jul 2012 5:33am
@Nicou: Je me demande aussi sur la glace et la neige de glisser d'elle. Une conception stupide. Merci, Nicou.
It's interesting how architects and custodians of our public buildings feel they have to make some sort of bizarre statements when they design additions to our historic buildings and often forget the aesthetics of the original structure. Nice shot though Rick
10 Jul 2012 6:39am
@Doug: I agree. Toronto is also a relatively young city and our heritage building stock took repeated callous blows from wrecking balls over the decades preceding this new trend of affixing neo-vomit-architecture additions to once elegant older structures. It seems more about temporary "what the hell?" eye catching than something built to last which will contribute to a city's character. Admittedly I am biased against it and there are others who love this mess as shown above. Thanks, Doug.
It is like some giant crystal . . someone was probably proud of it.
10 Jul 2012 6:53am
@Ronnie 2¢: The original blueprints called for a crystal exterior cladding, yes, and then the ghastly cost overruns of actually constructing the thing revised the plan... now it is more like an intergalactic trailer park model home.
an impressive bw it´s not only - strong contrasts and black and white - it´s more ....
perhaps you know something about the zone system of Ansel Adams, one of the greatest BW Photographer ever! Your today´s upload, has a beautiful range between white and black, you have contrasts in nearly each "zone" and the atmosphere is beautiful bright! very, very well done my friend!!
if you´re intereste in the work of Ansel Adams ....
10 Jul 2012 8:26am
@klausZ: I am well acquainted with the awesome Adams, but do appreciate the link here for anyone visiting who may not be and wants to check him out; thanks! I always prefer my city walks (when I bring the camera) to be in the afternoon light that is advantageous for building and people shadows to add so much more nuance to the views. It was the varied greys of building shadow above that made me like the photo opportunity, and the darker angled seats where the woman is... and so, my thanks again for noting those zones :-)
Great instability , I'm in a SF movie here, I enjoy your photo, Phil
10 Jul 2012 8:27am
@Phil: A structural nightmare for the iron workers erecting this addition, and your use of the word "instability" is perfect. Glad you like the image, Phil : thank you.
It was a great building before, why this I say also, looks like it fell over onto the
sidewalk, however I guess I have to say you got a magnificent view, love this !~
Makes a great photo.
10 Jul 2012 10:07am
@Phil Morris: I always loved the stately ROM, inside and out. I don't have a general bias against new cutting edge design that pushes the proverbial envelope, but this monstrous thing seems more like an assault. I wish the public had more say and power in some of these decisions. Aside from all of that, it is a photogenic piece of crap for all the right and wrong reasons! ;-)
Great shot and a fantastic black and white. Despite your overall opinion of the addition it really makes for an interesting photographic subject that I'm sure you'll visit again. But, I do agree with you - I don't know why some of the newer architecture is just plain ugly. Check out the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh. It's surrounded by gorgeous architecture with beautiful stonework, and it sticks out like a sore thumb. It just looks hideous compared to everything around it. But, I digress . . . wonderful shot, Rick!
10 Jul 2012 11:03am
@Jason Politte: Wow, that is one hideous design for a Parliament building especially! Ughly. The City Hall for our neighbour to the west, Mississauga, is also an abysmal pile. I may walk around downtown for a future serial about my picks for ugliest buildings. At least a dozen will compete for top spot! As with the above, you are right in that people despise the addition but can't help photographing it. It remains popular with the camera toters. Thanks for your comment and the link, Jason.
Superb composition !! B&W is great here !
10 Jul 2012 11:04am
@Mhelene: Thank you very much.
very nicely framed !!
10 Jul 2012 1:50pm
@Anthony Morgan Lambert: Thanks!
This is an excellent street image with such appealing geometric and graphic looking elements. Top-flight shooting.
10 Jul 2012 3:11pm
@Slackwater - Don: Indeed this is certainly a type of architecture that can both repulse and attract someone... for a photograph, it has a twisted allure! My thanks, Don.
"If a line intersects two other straight lines by determining two internal angles whose sum is different from two right angles, then the two lines intersect in the half-plane for which the sum is less than two right angles," according to Euclid :) A perfect B & W with a beautiful harmony of architecture. Good day.
10 Jul 2012 3:33pm
@Tede: Ha ha... I was tempted to paste in a similar definition text as my TITLE, just to be cheeky... but resisted ;-) Thank you for the visit and positive reaction. I've been enjoying your spectacular close-up images of late.
Wouhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! dis donc impressionnant ces bâtiments!!!!j'aime++++ et superbe B&W
10 Jul 2012 3:49pm
@Martine: Très gentil de votre part. J'aime votre photo pour aujourd'hui!
A fantastic b/w ... unfortunately the designers made the building look like it collapsed on itself. Great post!
10 Jul 2012 3:53pm
@RBL: Much outcry, I think understandable, over slapping this against the existing beautiful old building. I suppose it will draw people no matter what, though, and the museum itself is a very fine one. I place an emphasis on aesthetics that not everyone will share, but I'm also unabashedly affectionate toward the older periods of architectural craftsmanship. I thank you for the comment!
This building reminds me of a building we have in downtown San Francisco. It looks ridiculous, also it has lots of glass there. I can't figure out why have buildings with lots of windows, considering we are sitting on an earthquake fault, a major one at that ! Good shot Rick !
10 Jul 2012 3:55pm
@Irene: Your city is one of beautiful Victorian architecture, too, in particular the many grand old dames of residential dwelling. You make a good point about the glass and very real potential for earthquake activity, which I hope never happens again on a large scale. The major beef with what I show above, aside from its basic ugliness (my opinion), is that building it cost a lot more money than was planned, resulting in a cheaper and cheaper LOOKING exterior finish. The original design called for a luminous crystalline appearance that would have looked much superior to what they ended up using, which resembles wide aluminum siding planks. Yuck! ;-)
the position of the crane is spot on too
10 Jul 2012 4:13pm
@Lewis: I sure wish I could claim that as an intended feature of the shot ;-) ... thanks, Lewis.
A strange structure totally discordant with the surroundings and as an architect I really don't understand the concept of this eyesore building;-((( Beautiful monochrome of this great cityscape !!!
10 Jul 2012 4:58pm
@Baldwin VW: So great to have an architect comment on this monstrosity. When you see the original building and its facade, the jarring juxtaposition becomes even more bizarre. It would be less offensive to my eyes if the entire structure was new and separate, but only slightly less so. Thanks for weighing in!
I think I see your point - this would make me feel like it was going to fall on me, first of all,=. Secondly, it really seems to detract from the really beautiful things that can be done and are done with modern materials like glass and steel..... often very beautifull ...But, here it is, so what does one do? I guess you just go with it. But I do see your point...Great shot Rick and, as always, a great writeup!
10 Jul 2012 5:00pm
@Denny Jump Photo: It is impractical as well as jarring, because Bloor street and Toronto in general is a wind corridor. This type of structure amplifies the already face whipping winter winds, and I have to wonder about ice coming off of these angles as the temperatures change. (perhaps that has been taken into consideration and dealt with, since I haven't ever heard of anything on the news going badly regarding that...) Anyhow, my thanks as always for a Jump visit and comment !
interesting building, don't remember seeing it from the bus tour... maybe never past there... stunning...
10 Jul 2012 5:17pm
@Sue-Ann: Bloor street heading west, past Bay street, to Avenue road where the original museum stands on the southwest corner... still a great museum but (in my opinion) a defaced one. I do like some of the other crazy styles of ultra modern/experimental architecture that the likes of Gehry are coming up with, using curves and "melted" zones in the structure. Thanks for the visit and comment, Sue-Ann.
Fabulous cityscape. You have a great eye to find and capture it this way.
10 Jul 2012 6:59pm
@LauraS: Thanks a lot, Laura.
Couldn't agree with you more! Such a stark contrast to what's across the street. It looks like something that toppled over. Great contrasts in this B&W compo!
10 Jul 2012 8:18pm
@Steven: Imagine taking that wonderful Merchandise Mart building that you showcased the other day, and sticking something this nasty up against it! Man oh man... this new crap isn't built to last, and that is the silver lining in this equation. Thanks for commenting, Steven.
wonderful angles. fine tones
10 Jul 2012 10:14pm
@john4jack: Thanks very much, Jack.
Looks like the pointy end of modern architecture! Your streetscape works superbly in b&w.
11 Jul 2012 1:01pm
@Stephen: This structure doesn't look as pleasing in colour, and that tells you plenty! ;-) Thanks.
those were the heydays of "scrambled" architecture, it seems. i wonder how those after us will see these buildings (if they still stand ... ;-))
15 Jul 2012 2:46pm
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