All posts by Kayla Walker

Four Seasons (Kuala Lampur) – Jon Pickard

Four-Seasons-Place-9This was the last piece of Jon Pickard’s architecture that I researched and I found it to be extremely interesting that yet again he has created such huge investments in Malaysia. There are three towers that are a part of the Four Seasons resident and hotel accommodations.┬áBoth towers are clad in a metallic-painted aluminum and high performance low-E glass curtainwall.┬áLocal wood motifs grace all public spaces, along with lightly colored marble and stone, and stainless steel accents. This architectural structure, while unique was created to compliment the Peronas towers in the Malaysian capital. Again, this is definitely a place that I would enjoy visiting to see these incredible buildings.

 

Dewan Filharmonic – Jon Pickard

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In Malaysia there is another beautiful piece of architecture which Jon Pickard had his hands on. This is a concert hall that is in between the twin Petronas towers. One of the coolest pieces of this building is that there is a glass curtain which takes advantage of the outside scenery within the town. The concert hall actually converts to be able to host several different kinds of performances from a solo pianist to an entire symphony with a chorus this is the place that is open for business. I would love to experience a concert in this place of exquisite beauty.

Wells Fargo (Minneapolis)- Jon Pickard

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This is another one of Jon Pickard’s finest buildings. This is one of his pieces that has achieved numerous awards nationally for design. The building itself is made out of limestone and modern materials. The building looks as though it measures out in height with the other buildings around it but if you keep taking steps back you realize that this building soars into the sky. I like this building because it creates equality amongst the other buildings while still showing itself to be a landmark for the city. The idea that there are several layers to the actual core of the building is brilliant. Again, Jon Pickard has created buildings unlike any other which continues to make city skylines absolutely beautiful.

The Devon Tower (OKC)- Jon Pickard

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This is a project that I hold close to my heart as it was actually one of the biggest projects my dad’s company FLINTCO has ever been on. My dad was the senior project manager for the Devon tower and knowing that Jon Pickard was one of the masterminds behind the design is awesome. I think the Devon tower has done wonders for Oklahoma City as the architectural structure has provided a fresh change to the skyline as well as bringing the Devon energy team all together in a state of the art facillity. My favorite part of the actual tower is the top as all the sides come together facing the sky to almost form a triangle shape. This is something that reflects the sky and again makes the tower breathtaking.

The Atrium (Dubai)- Jon Pickard

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Out of all of Jon Pickard’s buildings I think that this is my favorite as I truly have not ever seen a building that looks this way. I think the architectural elements are phenomenal and I love how it resides by the water. As I was reading about the building itself I found that the structure of an arch actually symbolizes the gateway to the Arabian Gulf on one side and the changing silhouette represents the dynamic character of Dubai itself. The glass structure allows for different light to reflect from the sky and the sea allowing there again to be dynamic change throughout the day. It truly is a gorgeous structure.

JAL Resort Sea Hawk Hotel- Jon Pickard

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When I first was introduced to Jon Pickard’s architectural structures I was very impressed. He has been a part of some of the most incredible buildings all over the world. This is a building in Japan. It serves as a hotel for people all over the world and is supposed to take people away from the “city fabric”. Every room in the hotel has a view to the bay and there is an atrium that is lavished with trees/Japanese culture that serves as a way for people to again find themselves in a place of solace in peace. It is also said that the actual architecture itself is supposed to mimic the waves and the sea.

Palace of Westminster (London, England)

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This past January I packed my bags and travelled to London for the adventure of a lifetime. I think “Big Ben” was most definitely one of my favorite site seeing tours because I realized how intricate architecture can really be. It also showed me the high regard that the people of England have for their parliament. I appreciate the beauty that this building gives London as it shows history as well as the gothic side of architecture. It’s absolutely gorgeous and I can only hope that I am able to return to England sometime in the near future.

Rise to Shine (Kigali, Rwanda)

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In the year before I enrolled at OU as a freshman I was given the opportunity to teach overseas in a small village in Kigali, Rwanda. The school was called “Rise to Shine.” I taught math to elementary school children. The picture above is the school. I think I hold this place close to my heart because I was given the opportunity to learn about living in the walls of simplicity. The architecture of this building isn’t complex at all but it’s functional and gets the job done. Sometimes I get so caught up in the intricate details that I forget the bigger picture. These people showed me that. It wasn’t about having a big fancy school rather developing relationship and truly learning the material. Memories here are sweet yet also hard, but ultimately I’m so grateful for this place amongst the rolling hills of Rwanda.

 

 

Mubwiza Courts (Kigali, Rwanda)

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While this picture isn’t necessarily the best quality I had to put this building on the blog as it was my safe place when I lived in Kigali, Rwanda two years ago. This was the place where I got to see the heart of the Rwandan people and ultimately was able to understand the culture fully. This was the hotel where you woke up in the morning to breakfast on the terrace with hot african tea and sweet plantains. It truly was an incredible experience as you felt like royalty inside the bedrooms with the sheer curtains blowing in the wind at night as you laid in a canopy bed listening to the sounds from the city. I would do anything to go back to this place to see the people who run it and just live within the culture one last time.

The Holocaust Museum Berlin, Germany

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When I visited the holocaust museum I was immediately overcome with emotion as it truly was a gloomy place. As you can see in the photo the weather was dreary and most everything around the area was made of hard, cold limestone. I found that as I walked through this maze of gray and went underground into the actual museum that I felt the emotion that overtook the nations during this terrible event. Nothing about each day of this tragic historical event was happy but instead a place of gloom and unending days of sadness. However, I am happy I was able to experience the museum as a whole because it showed me the entire picture as well as highlighted the people who were truly affected by this awful series of events.