Till 9/11 the WTC was my favorite ...
Marina City Commentary
"Marina City, in 1959, is a thirty-six-million- dollar project built on only three acres of land in the heart of Chicago's Loop. A dramatic landmark in the Chicago skyline, it culminated thirty years of thought and development for Goldberg. Each of the twin, sixty-story towers had four hundred and fifty apartments in its upper two-thirds, with the lower third a continuous parking ramp that spirals upwards, accommodating four hundred and fifty automobiles. Since the residential level starts at the twenty-first story, magnificent views of the city are enjoyed from every apartment. The towers are as popular with Chicagoans as the 'corn on the cob' they are caricatured as in Goldberg's office.
"For many years Goldberg had felt there were advantages in the use of circular forms: the aerodynamic properties in a cylindrical high-rise structure; the structural equidistance from the center, and therefore uniform function of all parts; the absence of special corner conditions; and the creation of centrifugal or 'kinetic' spaces resulting from non-parallel walls. The towers derive much of their rigidity from the 35-foot-diameter cylindrical core that houses each building's services and utilities like a vertical street. Service spaces in apartments were grouped toward this core, giving living areas the light and view. The construction of the core preceded that of the floors, providing a rising foundation for the erection crane, thereby saving many working days. The project is all-electric, with heat and hot water individually produced in each apartment.
"The other elements of the 'city within a city' are a sixteen-story office building; a one- thousand-seven-hundred-and-fifty-seat theater and a seven-hundred-seat auditorium; stores, restaurants, bowling alleys; a gymnasium, swimming pool and skating rink; a marina for seven hundred small craft; and a sculpture garden at the base of the towers—all overlooking the Chicago River. Built for an economical ten to twelve dollars a square foot, Marina City is Goldberg's response to the urgencies of urban redevelopment...."
— from Paul Heyer. Architects on Architecture: New Directions in America. p51-52
You might say it is toooooo dark, but I like it this way.
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abulafia (4900) 2006-04-15 11:57
I dont think it is too dark, it is an amazing blue colour.
falcon53 (336) 2006-04-15 12:02
The geometry of the building is fascinating, and is particularly well captured against the cloudless blue sky behind. Good contrast too.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2006-04-15 12:06
Your POV give an impressive size ti these towers. I like the colors and the great contrasts. Excellent rthis picture !
Have a nice week end
vagabondtravels (6511) 2006-04-15 12:41
Very nice. Great colors and amazing geomerty. What a POV. Good work.
P-S-I-G (25536) 2006-04-15 12:46
Great POV. I like how you have taken the tower.
Good graphism. Well composed.
peter1892 (1681) 2006-04-15 14:38
The dark sky suits the image, good contrast against the lighter colour of the buildings. Your POV & note are very god as well.
Gerrit (50880) 2006-04-15 18:09
Grat architecture. Fine graphic pattern and colourcontrast too.
Thanks and regards, gerrit
clarita (654) 2006-04-15 18:23
this is a cool pic!
isn't this the pic off the wilco album?
i thought it looked too dark as a thumbnail but after clicking on it, i have to say, i'm quite impressed...the clarity/rich&bold colors are nice!
thx for posting.
Jeweller (4) 2006-04-15 19:52
Very nice shot. Good exposure.
dHitman (0) 2006-04-16 1:03
Dynamic structure and design. Good tight framing with interesting patterns and lines well shown. TFS!
thor68 (5586) 2006-04-16 4:36
yeah, the marina towers are really cool,
although the sears tower and the hancock
building aren´t bad either.
they should build this in duesseldorf. *g*
excellent pov and nice dark blue bg.
the flower-like geometry of the buildings
well seen & captured, thor.
ChrisJ (103589) 2006-04-16 5:45
Wonderful architectural shot with a superb pov & excellent sharpness. Perhaps I would boost brightness slightly? Good work overall, & tfs!
ishai (4097) 2006-04-16 6:02
What a beautiful building, I love the hard contrast here but the POV is very good
The black against the blue sky’s and the shapes of the balconies,,,
I can see many wonderful abstract images here
Fixfocus (9385) 2006-04-17 9:52
The graphism is superb and I don´t think that it´s to dark,-just perfect!Excellent framing and perspective too.
john_c (24666) 2006-04-17 11:45
Amazing graphism and shot from an outstanding POV. The dark blue sky is just fine. An interesting note to accompany.
siolaw (38292) 2006-04-17 14:34
Hi Nino..i just through your gallery..and stop at this one!
wow..what a great light..or rather nonlight...extra clear and sharp details...nice architectural info in the note too...
all the best
capthaddock (28790) 2006-04-19 11:11
Hi Nino - no it's not too dark at all, it looks polarised, and that has enhanced the graphical aspect, well done.
Stepan (27210) 2006-04-19 15:28
That's not too dark, it's just graphic and light choices that work pretty well. Impressive pattern in a perfect pov for this kind of architecture. Impressive blue sky too.
aznegrao (10316) 2006-04-19 17:55
Building or flower Nino!
Excelente olhar e sensibilidade, essas qualidades criam imagens para serem admiradas. Gosto muito da qualidade das cores e contrastes.
andante (7092) 2006-05-02 23:09
Nino, the contrast of the buildings against the deep blue sky makes this picture a winner anywhere you show it. Well done!
gsgeorge (764) 2006-05-19 1:21
You copied Wilco's "yankee hotel foxtrot" album cover with no credit and got away with it.... Just this time, pal.
benkrut (2407) 2006-08-20 10:27
You captured it in a way that those buildings become also my favourites in CHicago. They are perfectly sharp here and the colour of the sky is a dream of every photographer.