The Sony Center has to be one of the most amazing, modern and creative public spaces anywhere in Europe…or at least that I’ve been able to see for myself!? I was awestruck by the assault on the senses at first look, particularly towards the roof, as seen in this photo.
The elliptical plaza of the Sony Centre 'forum' is the centrepiece of the Potsdamer Platz redevelopment project. It is crowned by a spectacular and innovative roof. This stunning design is meant to extend the use of the plaza during all weather. The space created underneath is not air-conditioned, and the city’s building department demanded special requirements for ventilation and daylighting.
It was important to the architect Helmut Jahn that a roof should cover the plaza like an umbrella. The forum was not meant to be sealed, nor should it disconnect users from an outdoor experience.
The exceptional glass membrane roof rests on a ring beam weighing 500t. The alternating application of glass and fabric on a cable structure spans 102m. Structurally, the roof resembles a bicycle wheel in a horizontal position with a hanging central 42m-long king post, creating a column-free plaza.
For more of a graphic version, I’ve included a black & white copy in the Workshop
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Curious_Eye (1120) 2013-02-06 3:24
This could be a sensory overload indeed when seen in real life for the first time, but what a captivating shot! A well-chosen angle to accentuate the highlights of the design; I particularly like the lines filling the frame. Lovely reflections in the glass window. TFS!
CPD66 (797) 2013-02-06 4:39
graphically a good shot, good colour from the sky, glad you resisted the temptation to keep everything symetrical.
timecapturer (49286) 2013-02-06 6:26
a striking upwards POV this. The effect is tantalising and full of such mesmerising and wonderful lines. A supreme execution and spellbinding presentation.
Have a great middle of the week - regards Brian.
ikeharel (58275) 2013-02-06 7:28
excelent upwards view on the iron & glass structure, with great light managed indoor's.
Fine clear elements shown.
lousat (77896) 2013-02-06 8:25
Hi Jason,great choice of point of view to create this beautiful and imposing perspective,grea geometric effect create by this modern ceiling,very professional exposure and details,not easy! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
ACL1978 (7491) 2013-02-06 14:03
It took me a while to really understand what I was looking at here, Jason - at first I thought this was a closeup of a satellite dish, in fact, before looking closer. Really nicely framed shot that expresses the strange and awe-inspiring surroundings of the Sony Center. Thanks!
GiovanniG (2724) 2013-02-07 0:07
Well composed architectural capture with great DoF and color. The detail is excellent. Well done!
maria-v1981 (10814) 2013-02-07 1:18
Excellent capture of this beautiful and impressive glass cupola. All the lines and shapes give a great effect. I think you captured it from a very well chosen position and with a pleasing light. Very well done and thanks for sharing.
Have a nice day,
macjake (57074) 2013-02-08 11:14
for very obvious reasons, this photo of yours caught my attention immediately.
If i were there i'd be like a kid in a candy store :)
what a striking scene with the tall vertical fans? or sail like structures in a circular pattern.
amazing visual display
karacabeylis (1465) 2013-02-09 4:21
a very nice composition has been created here thru a greatly arranged framing.
Noel_Byrne (24856) 2013-03-02 7:28
That sure is a very impressive piece of engineering, the architect really had a vision when he dreamed this up. It kind of reminds me of a huge propellor, crossed with a satellite dish. Very nice POV looking up at it like this, it is a great shot, and it gives a nice sense of vertigo. Thanks for sharing this one, I'd not heard of this place!
serp2000 (40400) 2013-08-29 7:23
One my friend wants to go to Berlin on the Christmas time. And I was here in 1999 too. Amazing city with so rich history. Aspecially in the XX century ;)
I can image a joy of every photographer when we have see such wonderful view over the heads... Outstanding quality, perfect graphic. I see you got more 5000 points ;) It could be better to change them for $$ or Euro (or Pounds) , for example. ;))
ourania (32169) 2014-03-23 9:14
a great composition, original and fascinating, it describes the architecture, the relationship of the building with the roof covering the plaza and at the same time it has the fascination of an abstract composition of geometrical patterns (maybe this is a contradiction, but I can't find better words...) The play of perspectives and patterns is captivating. I like the play of light and the blue background too, although the b&w version doubles the graphical effect, in my opinion. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
adramad (38613) 2014-12-23 9:10
Spectacular and large composition of this original glass roof, its conical shape and the elements of its structure, giving a spectacular graphics, the blue sky provides a nice background and contrast to everything else.
A gorgeous colorful, which gives the image of a wealth of color.
Very good light management and very good sharpness.
Well done. I like it.
I wish you a good week.
Best wishes, my friend.