Pretty Pictures and Rainbow Colors

Skyscraper City has its 2004 Grand Finale Results of its Urban Photo Contests Hall of Fame here, including the winner below, Taipei 101 by Bluga. Check it out.
And while you're at it, check out the same site's Forum with images and discussion on Madrid's Hotel Puerta de America.

If you haven't heard of it, this endeavor is a 12-story hotel with each floor and various other areas designed by a different architect, possibly 22 involved. That list includes Ron Arad, David Chipperfield, Kathryn Findlay, Norman Foster, Richard Gluckman, Zaha Hadid, Arata Isozaki, Jean Nouvel, and others. Nouvel is responsible for the facade, made up of various brightly-colored fabric awnings resembling a couple pages from a Pantone book.

Nouvel is also designing the penthouse floor with the theme "the beauty of women", reminiscent of The Hotel he designed in Lucerne, Switzerland. Though in Madrid he will populate the architectural surfaces of the hotel rooms with images by Japanese erotic photographer Araki, rather than movie stills.

Thanks to Eric M. for the head's up, and for more coverage on this potential architectural train wreck (or wonder, depending on your state of mind) consult Archinect for many more links and The Guardian and The Independent for British angles.


  1. Is that Dr.Evil in the picture or is it Jean Nouvel?


  2. I've always wondered if Jean Nouvel IS Dr. Evil!?

  3. damn, I love it. I was having the same impresison of that pic of the true evil one.

    train wreck indeed!!!!!!!!!!!!! 22 ego maniacs who always go over budget. 22(cost + 50%) = disaster.

    whats up from NYC Hilltown?!


  4. Brandon,
    Hey there!
    How's NYC treating ya?
    Shoot me an e-mail when you get the chance. I e-mailed you a couple times but both messages were bounced back.

    If Nouvel is evil, than Isozaki is a priest. He looks like he should be in an off-Broadway performance of The Exorcist.


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