Gerald Parsonson's Favorite Buildings
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Jakob + MacFarlane, Orange Cube, Lyon, France
"At one level this is an office building with a showroom on the ground floor and roof terraces overlooking the river; at another it is a unique piece of urban sculpture, a sustainably performing orange cube with a giant hole carved out of it, responding to light, air movement, and views."

The orange facade of the Jakob + MacFarlane-designed Orange Cube in Lyon, France.

The orange facade of the Jakob + MacFarlane-designed Orange Cube in Lyon, France.

Two close-ups of the Orange Cube.

Two close-ups of the Orange Cube.

"It's covered in a skin of orange aluminum pixelated in harmony with the movement of the river. It has become so popular locally that extra buses have had to be scheduled to cater to the number of people wanting to see it."

 

Peter Zumthor, St. Benedict Chapel, Switzerland
"With its delicate and rhythmic tear-drop shaped structure, this building creates its own poetry of location, nature, and religion."

The Peter Zumthor-designed St. Benedict Chapel in Switzerland.

The Peter Zumthor-designed St. Benedict Chapel in Switzerland.

The peaceful chapel interior.

The peaceful chapel interior.

Another view of the interior.

Another view of the interior.

"It is beautifully considered and crafted almost like a boat, with its curving floor and ceiling boards. Was Zumthor thinking of Jesus the carpenter and fisherman?"

John Scott, Futuna Chapel, Wellington, New Zealand
"John Scott was one of New Zealand's foremost architects and Futuna chapel is arguably his best work. It was built for the Catholic Church by the brothers themselves."

The John Scott-designed Futuna Chapel in Wellington, New Zealand.

The John Scott-designed Futuna Chapel in Wellington, New Zealand.

The ceiling and construction detail.

The ceiling and construction detail.

"The building is square in plan and orchestrated by a folding origami-like roof that expands and compresses space and light, which enters through stained glass windows illuminating the interwoven tree-like structure and beautifully crafted interior."

 

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