All posts by Katy More

Gateshead Millennium Bridge

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge, seen in the evening

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge crosses the Tyne, connecting Newcastle and the Gateshead Quays, allowing pedestrians and cyclists to cross. The bridge is made of two curves: the deck curve (the one next to the water), and the supporting curve, (the upright curve). Both of the curves rotate along their shared point, allowing the deck curve to be lifted like an eyelid to allow ships to pass beneath it. This bridge won the 2002 RIBA Stirling Prize.

The bridge beginning to lift to allow ships to pass
The bridge in a more lifted, upright position

Peace Bridge (Foyle)

The Peace Bridge is a 235 meter long, S-shaped bridge crossing the Foyle River in Ireland. It was founded by the EU PEACE III Programme, and designed by architects at Wilkinson Eyre. The bridge is open for both pedestrians and cyclists, and links the site of former army barracks with the historic city center across the river. The bridge was conceived as a pair of suspension bridges that overlap, as opposed to just one suspension bridge.

The structure of the Wilkinson Eyre Peace Bridge

Battersea Historic Power Station

The Battersea Power Station was built in the 1930s by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott as a coal-powered power station. It stopped generating electricity in 1983. In 2013, architects Wilkinson Eyre were appointed for the refurbishment of the power station. Their designs for the project are consistent with Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s original design for the power station, with turbine halls and chimneys being the dominant features, and a large sense of scale and visual drama.

The original power station, as designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott

SeaCity Museum

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The SeaCity Museum was built as a memorial to the RMS Titanic. It was constructed in Southampton, England, where the ship set sail from in 1912. It houses three exhibits, two of which are permanent, and one of which is temporary.  Gateway to the World examines Southampton’s history as a hub of human migration, and Southampton’s Titanic Story explores the Titanic tragedy through the eyes of its crew.

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Greenhouses – Gardens By The Bay

Another distinctive feature of Singapore’s Gardens By The Bay are the two massive greenhouses designed in joint by Grant Associates and Wilkinson Eyre. These greenhouses hold the world record for both the largest glass greenhouses and the largest climate-controlled greenhouses.

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There are two greenhouses: one with a dry climate (the Flower Dome) and one with a moist climate (the Cloud Forest).

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The greenhouses have achieved carbon-neutral status by a number of innovations put in place by Wilkinson-Eyre. Firstly, rainwater is collected from the greenhouses and nearby supertrees to water the plants. Heat is dissipated through the supertrees as well.

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Supertrees – Gardens By The Bay

One of the most distinctive attractions at Singapore’s Gardens By The Bay is the grove of Supertrees: massive tree-shaped structures that range from 25 to 50 meters tall. These structures were designed by Grant Associates, an architecture firm with locations in both London and Singapore.

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The vertical space of the trees is utilized by a large amount of plants planted directly into the mesh on the side of the constructs. In addition  to this, the trees collect rainwater and use them to cool the two large greenhouse structures nearby.

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Eleven of the trees are embedded with photovoltaic cells, which serve to power the light show that the trees put on at night. The tallest tree has a bar at the very top, which provides guests with a 360 degree view of the surrounding park.

Bernice Shedrick Library

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The Bernice Shedrick Library at the Oklahoma School of Science and Math (OSSM) has definitely shaped my life in many ways. In order for visitors to get on campus, they must enter through this library to get their visitors ID. When I first visited OSSM on a tour in middle school, the whole area was immaculate, and the building was clean and tidy. Since then, I’ve gone through the library countless times, both as a student and an alum.  One summer I came to the library almost every day to help the librarian update the inventory and set up the textbook pickup line for next year’s students. Overall, even though I sometimes dreaded going to The Library, I think that my experience of this building has been a good one.

Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge

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The Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge was built around a natural hot springs that was found by the Ute Native Americans.  It was founded by Captain Richard Sopris in 1860, and bought by Walter Horace, James Devereux, and a group of British investors in 1880. The original boathouse was built in 1890 out of red sandstone.

I visited the lodge for the first time this summer while visiting my sister after she finished her internship there. My parents and sister and I stayed at the lodge for one night and tried out  the hot springs during our stay. The bathhouse itself and all of the surrounding buildings are built to look very cozy and welcoming, and that’s the  general feel that I got while I stayed there. I really hope to be able to visit the hot springs in the fall or winter, because when the weather gets colder, a mist builds up from the hot springs, and that sounds like it would be quite an experience.