Rafael Viñoly's Sky Garden

Top of the 'walkie talkie' is a privately owned public space for which one needs to book a time slot online and show a photo ID walking through metal detectors on ground floor. Once you're up it feels novel. A very large roof garden covered with glass climbs up via stairs towards the North with 360 degree panaromic views of London. Structure enveloping the space is white painted steel with all the necessary hierarchies executed so cleanly that it makes it look easy !  The central restaurant bit is the most disappointing part. 

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15th Serpentine Pavilion

This year's serpentine pavilion is by the Spanish office Selgas Cano. It's colourful and fun!  Seemingly haphazard ETFE fabric blends and transitions a careful selection of colours. Spatial organisation is central and straight forward (boring)  other than the multi-layered entry ways. Overall form is unique and doesn't immideatly remind us of anything - it is almost "weird". 

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Vienna

Recently, during a short visit to Vienna for the first time, I managed to hit a few architectural landmarks that are of interest to me. Despite being on the opposing sides of the architectural theory in the early 20th century, Adolf Loos and Otto Wagner seem to share a certain sensibility for the built environment, which includes attention to detail and overall coherence whether the weapon of choice was ornament or pure materiality... And there are the contemporary ones. 

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Otto Wagner's Postparkasse

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Adolf Loos'  Bank

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Zaha Hadid's Learning Centre

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Jean Nouvel's Sofitel Hotel