All posts by Kyle Galvin

Cologne Tower

Cologne Tower is a 44 story office skyscraper in Cologne Germany. It is the second tallest building in the City after the Cathedral. The tower is occupied by many different companies because of its location near the MediaPark. Along with being an office building it also has a restaurant and an observation deck on the 30th floor of the building. The shape of building looks very interesting in some of the pictures that you look at, in some ways it looks distorted or curved but that only adds to the intrigue behind the building. I think this is one of my favorites of Jean Nouvel’s work. While it does not have the illuminated façade of some of his other works, it is a very interesting building and has a beautiful location to go along with it.

Opera Nouvel

The Opera Nouvel in Lyon, France is the home of the Opera National de Lyon. This opera house was a redesign done by Jean Nouvel between 1985 and 1993. Being one of the only redesigns that Nouvel has done it is interesting to look at what all he changed with his take on the building. Keeping the traditional scheme with the columns and shape of the opera house he added a dome on top and doubling the height of the original building. It is interesting how redesigns can look different from the originals while keeping some of the same aspects and I think Nouvel really nailed this building with meshing New with Old and creating a beautiful piece of architecture.

100 Eleventh Avenue

100 Eleventh Avenue is a 23 story residential tower in Manhattan, New York City. Jean Nouvel described the building as “a vision machine”. It has one of the most advanced curtain wall systems in New York City. The building was completed in 2010 after delays and going over budget due to multiple reasons. The residential tower contains 72 units made up of one, two, and three bedroom apartments, five penthouses, and a single floor unit as the top floor. I think this would be such a cool place to live, and who wouldn’t want to live on that top floor unit and have an entire building floor as your home? That would be amazing.

53W53

53W53, also known as MoMA expansion Tower is a very tall skyscraper that is currently under construction in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. The construction is well underway and, when finished, will be 1250 feet tall and contain 82 floors. At this height, the skyscraper will be as tall as the empire state building. With Jean Nouvel’s design of the building being so interesting, it is said to be one of the most exciting additions to the new York skyline upon completion. I think this building looks so cool and when it is finished it will stand out in the New York skyline for a very long time.

The Koncerthuset

The Koncerthuset is aprt of the new DR Byen, housing both the Danish broadcasting corporation and the Concert Hall. Located in Copenhagen, Denmark, Jean Nouvel designed the building for the Broadcasting company as well as a place to be the home of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. The building totals 25000 square meters and contains the concert hall as well as 3 recording studios all with different acoustics. The construction finished in 2009 and was inaugurated in January of that year. This building, like some of Couvel’s other buildings has coloring on the outside walls, this one has massive blue screens that are meant to resemble water. This building is just beautiful on the outside and just as beautiful on the inside. The experience of hearing the national orchestra in this place must be amazing.

Torre Agbar

The Torre Agbar is a 38 story skyscraper between Avinguda Diagonal and Carrer Badajoz, near Placa de les Glories Catalanes in Barcelona. Designed by Jean Nouvel. The building is the third tallest in Barcelona. Defined by its nocturnal illumination which is my favorites aspect of the building, being able to give off beautiful colors at night. The Agbar Group uses the building as their home offices and what a beautiful tower to call home for a business. What floors the group does not occupy, they rent out to other companies. The nocturnal illumination boasts 4500 LED devices that can be used to display any kind of image on the façade of the tower.

The Heritage School, Newnan, Georgia

Heritage

The Heritage School is a private school in Newnan Georgia. I started going to school there my junior year of high school. After two years in high school I was in a very bad place, dealing with personal issues and on the verge of failing most of the classes I was taking. Heritage gave me a second chance to succeed and go to college. Seeing the campus for the first time I felt like I was finally on the right track. Heritage allowed for me to discover my academic potential and made me believe that I could go to college. It is because of this place that I made it to where I could come to OU and be so successful. The campus of the school was such a different feel than the public school that I attended before. With its open campus with many buildings and the nature surrounding the campus made it feel more freeing and made me feel like I would be happy to go to school for once. Photo Credit: tpdesignbuild.com

Camp Twin Lakes Tree House, Rutledge, Georgia

Camp

Camp Twin Lakes is a summer camp location focused on special needs camps. I have attended the Hemophilia of Georgia Camp that took place here since I was 7 years old. I have never missed a year until this year because of summer classes. Camp was always the highlight of my summer growing up and being able to give back as a counselor since I was 18 is the most fulfilling thing I have ever done. The building at the grounds that I find the most interesting is the tree house. It was added during the years that I was going to the camp and is a staple when it comes to the camps that go there. Photo Credit: jetsongreen.com

Children’s Pediatric Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia

Childrens

Children’s Hospital Egleston is a Pediatric center in Atlanta Georgia. This hospital is very significant to me because this is the place that saved my life. When I was born I had many health issues that arose because of having Hemophilia. I had to be at this hospital for most of the first year of my life and had many surgeries that ended up saving my life and allowing me to be around today. This Hospital is where I went for yearly checkups with the Hematologists up until I left Georgia to come to Oklahoma for college. This makes it so I have a special appreciation for the place and what the building brings back is very nostalgic. Photo Credit: en.wikipedia.org

Couch Center, Norman, Oklahoma

Couch

Couch Center is one of the dorm towers on OU’s campus. This building was significant to me because this building is what showed me what was in store for me at college. After having a subpar view on high school and coming to a new state to start my college career it was a little scary. But couch is where everything changed, from camp crimson to actually starting my first semester, Couch is where I spent most of my time and met a lot of new people and made friends. Couch is the place where I was able to get a new outlook on college and begin the rest of my life on a better outlook. Plus the Caf is the best place to eat on campus and Couch is right next to it. Photo Credit: picssr.com