Another view of the very attractive Rotorua Museum of Art and History (formerly the Bath House) that I posted last week.
Construction of the Bath House was completed for the most part by 1908. Native timbers and local pumice were innovatively incorporated into the building of the German-inspired structure. The most up-to-date hydrotherapy equipment was purchased and a baleontologist engaged to research and establish the therapeutic practices for which the Bath House would become internationally acclaimed. Thermal water was piped into bathrooms and massage rooms, with deeper pools being available for the treatment of chronic diseases. Male and female patients were separated. Practices which might be considered bizarre today, such as running electric currents through the water while bathing, became popular with visitors.
After falling into disrepair the baths were closed in 1966, and for the following three decades the building housed a popular local nightspot. Many 70s couples celebrated engagement parties and weddings at the upmarket ‘Tudor Towers’.
When Rotorua needed a special building to preserve its heritage and house its taonga (treasures) the old Bath House with its distinctive architecture, long association with the growing city, and embroidered frontage of formal gardens was the obvious choice. The Bath House was reborn as the Rotorua Museum of Art and History.
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snunney (101634) 2010-07-26 4:33
Certainly a splendid looking building this and you have captured it beautifully under a sympathetic ambient light. The lovely sky makes a wonderful backdrop contrasting well with the vibrant red roofs. The detail in the timbering is very well rendered and I like the shadow play. A fine architectural image of this building of character.
buscape (6219) 2010-07-26 5:02
beautiful shot of this lovely building with wonderful light and splendid colours. I also like the good clarity and fine sharpness with many details. Well done.
stevesaba (8165) 2010-07-26 5:17
Fantastic shot! Great colors and pov to make a wonderful landscape. Enjoying your whole gallery! Congratulations, cheers,
Sergiom (82815) 2010-07-26 5:18
Très belle architecture. La lumière parfaite semble illuminer le bâtiment. Le ciel est très beau et le point de vue idéal.
dta (79525) 2010-07-26 5:27
Hello Chris ,
I think that the pleasantly saturated colors are a good choice here . POV and framing are really perfect .
Very well done .
ciakgiak (30431) 2010-07-26 5:50
the image is splendid, what colors and details and marvelous light! The red roofs created a pleasant effect, the sky is really gorgeous.
holmertz (54961) 2010-07-26 6:47
A marvellous building and excellent colours and saturation. I like the strong but not exaggerated contrasts.
halilguven (417) 2010-07-26 9:31
Renkler harika olmuş.
chawax (20758) 2010-07-26 10:49
It looks like some buildings you often see in english seaside resorts. Just remove the palm tree and you could feel in England ! Since New Zealand was part of Brish Empire, that's not very surprising anyway. I love your POV and the very nice light you caught that gives wonderful warm colours to the building.
besnard (56641) 2010-07-26 10:59
Des couleurs bien saturées pour mettre en valeur ces jolies maisons à l'architecture intéressante surmontés de toits rouges.
Merci pour le partage et bonne soirée.
vasilpro (41619) 2010-07-26 12:42
Wonderful architectural picture, excellent light management and contrast, lovely colors, beautiful atmosphere, very good POV.
hay_kes (31435) 2010-07-27 6:09
What a stunning architectural view with colours, light and perspective are superb.TFS.
jemaflor (99075) 2010-07-28 9:57
Very nice and interesting architecture and great color with a so beautiful light, good sharpness too, well managed.
PixelTerror (0) 2010-07-28 22:34
Nice image of this fine heritage building under pleasant light, it looks tropical from the palm tree on the right but if I didn't know where it is I couldn't really name any country
Have a nice day JY
mauro61 (52857) 2010-07-29 3:23
mi piacela resa dei colori e la perfettadefinizione che incide bene sull'immagine.
Ottima la luce,
asajernigan (21427) 2010-07-29 8:51
This is a fine shot of this great architecture. The angle of the shot is nice giving the scene depth and direction. The trees frame the shot nicely. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has excellent sharpness and DOF. The red roofs provide nice contrast for the fine sky.
skippy007 (12510) 2010-07-29 20:12
Hi Chris, Colour, luminosity, clarity are amazing, this beautiful & magestic building has been well captured & reproduced in excellent detail & colour. Enhanced by your interesting & informative note, thanks, compliments
jimkil (1706) 2011-06-04 2:32
This is a stunning image from Rotovegas (the NZ nickname for Rotorua). I enjoyed the 3D like quality, the stunning light and composition. One of the more famous buildings in New Zealand, should be used by them to promote the building.
daddo (27010) 2013-07-12 5:21
Hi Chris. Have you been absent for a while as i am surprised that i hadn't picked you up on my radar? I had visited this place and had posted a few images of it. It is a charming and very photogenic place. Never expected to find something so elegant and complex in terms of architecture in the southern hemisphere. Great colours and light in your photo and a very good POV which allowed you to show the whole setup. Regards. Klaudio.
- Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper) (6788)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-06-13
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 18-50 1:3,5-5,6 DC, ISO 400, Hoya Cir. Polarizer 58 mm
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/1000 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-07-26 4:04