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Guess the Architecture for 6/27/2017

Posted June 27, 2017 2:00 PM

Do you recognize this week’s building? Care to take a guess?

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06/27/2017 2:58 PM

Oh boy another modern minimalist cube.....

I like these stairs....cool design

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06/28/2017 7:58 AM

coming how from a night out, you could break your neck climbing those stairs.

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06/29/2017 11:44 AM

If you make it past the first three, you are home free!, the worst you will do is slide off.

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06/29/2017 11:43 AM

That gives busting your butt on the banister an entirely different meaning! Much less on the barrister!

If you do with the barista, that is on your own dime.

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06/28/2017 1:50 AM

Looks like an average Chinese police station which is slowly under-built by a property developer. Wonder if they noticed already . . .

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06/28/2017 4:14 AM

That is a building? Wow.

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06/28/2017 8:06 AM

Its probably a piece of artwork that sits in front of a government building where the artist received millions in grants from the government create.

Inspiring,... isn't it!

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06/29/2017 8:55 AM

Indeed.

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06/29/2017 9:29 AM

That is inspiring,... and I remember well when Armstrong said, “That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,”

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06/28/2017 4:25 AM

The 'staircase' on the right is pretty amusing. I wonder if they still eventually make them put in a handrail, even though no one will access it for ingress/egress?

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06/28/2017 4:47 AM

It's not a staircase, it's a monolithic sculpture....lol

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06/28/2017 5:33 AM

Now that I look at it again, the other stairway doesn't appear to get you anywhere either.

Perhaps this is the ultimate in form-follows-function for designing a building for bureaucrats. You can't get anywhere even before you get in the door.

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06/28/2017 7:35 AM

... the staircase on the right mirrors the one on the left in a playful juxtaposition! ..

the architect wanted to blend the line between land and "urbanscape" as he put it..

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06/28/2017 9:56 AM

Well, it seems to need a way to access the building more than a playfuk juxtaposiion in the form of a mirror.

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06/29/2017 11:49 AM

You obviously never heard the line: "Beam me up, Scotty!"

They are supposed to energize you from the flowing motion of the symmetry (and other B.S.), such that you levitate into the second floor, or jump to one of the beams, and do a pull up into the enclosed space.

Ridiculous!

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07/02/2017 4:38 PM

I don't think jumping on to a beam is the same as being beamed up.

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06/29/2017 11:46 AM

You never heard the song: "Stairway to Heaven"?

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06/28/2017 6:15 AM

Has to be some sort of MC Escher design.

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06/29/2017 9:42 AM

Not sure who designed it, but I think I know who built it:

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06/29/2017 2:35 PM

No wonder he wanted to know how to break it up quickly.

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06/29/2017 11:41 AM

M.C. Escher's accountant's office?

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06/29/2017 11:45 AM

I would hate to see if anyone spilled water on the second floor, it might cause this thing to tip over, when it runs to the "front-right" corner!

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06/29/2017 11:50 AM

Wait! I know! It is "Little Contemplative Space with Reflecting Pool on the Prairie!"

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06/30/2017 11:23 AM

It's The Hotel California......You can check out but you can never check in...

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07/01/2017 9:38 AM

You might be thinking of Hotel Slovakia though spelling would be a little off.

Hotel California; you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.

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07/01/2017 12:34 PM

Oh they changed that policy years ago.....

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07/03/2017 9:37 AM

You guys were right this week in deciding that this “building” was not a livable space. It is actually an open agricultural research center. Instead, the structure functions as a “protective garden” and uses “a system of tiers and panels created for the benefit of cultivating, curing, cooking, and composting,” according to Gessato. The wooden staircases that appear to go to nowhere actually take you to one of those tiers, hidden behind the corrugated polycarbonate panels that make up the top of the cube.

Students from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkley, designed the unorthodox structure. The project was built in 2014 in Taiki-cho, Hakkaido, Japan, after the students won the 4th LIXIL International University Architectural Competition in Tokyo.

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07/03/2017 7:01 PM

I still don't get it....

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07/04/2017 9:18 AM

Think of it as a large carrot dehydrator. I was about to call this thing by another name: Juilliard Schools of the Arts was already taken however.

Now that is One Large Carrot Dehydrator!

All us Hillbillies need for music is a couple of tree stumps, a bale or two of hay, a banjo, a guitar, a fiddle, a tub bass, some spoons, maybe an accordian,

and some guys with beards, a filly or two with braids, and a jug player.

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07/25/2017 3:13 AM

One word. Berkeley.

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07/25/2017 9:41 AM

What does Berkeley have in common with celery? They are both vegetables with a higher caloric requirement to eschew and digest than is rendered to the body in return.

Both are IMHO a giant nothing burger.

How much money can be saved by eliminating all federal support of these universities?

Also, a federal law limiting tuition to be paid during a typical four-year stint when enrolled might be a great start. That and getting rid of "tenure," unless there is a real, pressing reason to continue with a professor in a non-scientific field. Sorry, political science does not count as science, any more than does christian science.

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