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Gherkin

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Gherkin
Swiss Re Headquater Building
2001-2004

30st Mary Axe
London EC3A 8EP
website: www.30stmaryaxe.com

Architet : Norman Foster [Foster + Partners]
website: www.fosterandpartners.com



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SwissRe本社ビル、通称ガーキン。滞在最終日に会いに行けました。
遠目でも存在感あったけど近くで観るとさらに圧巻。

三角形ガラスを幾枚も組み合わせた全面ガラス。
内部がよく見えたので構造も観察しやすい。
ガラス壁面からセットバックし、側面のテーパーを
鋭角にカットしたスラブはその厚みを感じさせない。


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by another29 | 2006-12-31 06:18 | □Architecture

Bar music hall

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Bar music hall
Bar/Restaurant

134 Curtain Road Shoreditch
London EC2A 3AR UK

website: www.hellshoreditch.com




With a recent transformation Bar Music Hall has returned to its roots. Having gone through a fleeting 'hot' time the venue has embraced what used to make the Old Brick Lane Music Hall the heart of Shoreditch's bar, music, media & fashion scene. There are a few changes but all for the good. The peanut butter brown walls have gone and there's artwork all over the show which makes this wondrously cavernous space feel a lot less cold. Demi booths in comfy black leather have replaced bare ledges, so though you've still got tonnes of seating, this time it's unlikely to give you pins and needles in your glutinimous maximus. What has remained is the same stunning 120ft pewter bar, and the same focus on continental beers and decent food.

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ロンドン・イースト。友達の勤務先至近のバー。
夜はJAZZライブやイベントなどで賑わう人気店。
夕方発の飛行機で帰国しなければならなかったのでランチに連れていってもらいました。

ハンバーガーはビーフ100%。焼き加減も選ぶことができる。
かなりビッグサイズで食べきれなかったけど…うまかった!
ちなみにバーガーの隣にあるサラダはライスサラダ。
ロンドンでよく見かけたので流行っているのかもしれません。
ジャパニーズには理解しがたい複雑テイストです。(?o?)



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by another29 | 2006-12-31 00:17 | ■Life

Tower of London

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Tower of Londom
Tower
UNESCO World Heritage

Waterloo Block
HM Tower of London EC3N 4AB UK

website: www.hrp.org.uk



Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress The Tower of London, more commonly known as the Tower of London (and historically simply as The Tower), is an historic monument in central London, England on the north bank of the River Thames. It is located within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and is separated from the eastern edge of the City of London by the open space known as Tower Hill.

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The Tower of London is often identified with the White Tower, the original stark square fortress built by William the Conqueror in 1078. However, the Tower as a whole is a complex of several buildings set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a moat.
The Tower's primary function was a fortress, a royal palace, and a prison. This last use has led to the phrase "sent to the Tower". It has also served as a place of execution and torture, an armoury, a treasury, a zoo, a mint, a public records office, an observatory, and since 1303, the home of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.


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by another29 | 2006-12-30 23:08 | □Architecture

London Eye

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London Eye
Ferris Wheel

Riverside Building County Hall
Westminster Bridge Road London SE17PB


website: www.londoneye.com



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From back when the Romans pitched up at the start of the millennium but one, right up to 1999, London has served its millions of visitors badly when it comes to offering a platform from which to view the great city.But the British Airways sponsored London Eye, billed as the world's highest observational wheel, has changed all that.The Eye stands a whopping 135 metres high on the South Bank between Waterloo and Westminster Bridges, right opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and provides stunning views over central London and beyond.Visitors are treated to a gently paced half-hour ride in space age capsules holding 25 people each, hopping on and off as the wheel moves. An increasingly popular idea is to visit the Eye at night time when the view is perhaps at its most magical.It is well worth booking tickets in advance as tickets are not always available on the day and even if they are, the queues can be daunting.

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by another29 | 2006-12-30 23:05 | ■Life

Cargo

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Cargo
Club

83 Rivington Street Kingsland
Viaduct Shoreditch London

website: www.cargo-london.com


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Cargo were the pioneers of the multi-tasking MDF concept (that’s Music-Dance-Food, not cheap fibreboard) and boast one of the most imaginative live music line-ups in the capital. Fuel up with some of their lovely street food, while away a summer afternoon in their courtyard and groove till dawn under the refitted railway arches.
The Cantaloupe group are the brains behind Cargo and run other top venues such as Market Place - a record label - and have taken over the ownership of the Big Chill, the UK’s largest independent music festival.

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by another29 | 2006-12-30 22:59 | ■Life

Royal Academy of Arts

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Royal Academy of Arts
Museum

Burlington House Piccadilly
London W1J 0BD

website: www.royalacademy.org.uk





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The Royal Academy was formed to rival the Society of Artists after an unseemly leadership dispute between two leading architects, Sir William Chambers and James Paine. Paine won, but Chambers vowed revenge and used his strong connections with King George III to create a new artistic body, the Royal Academy, in 1768. It was formally launched the following year. Its forty founder members, all admitted on 10 December 1768, included a father/daughter combination (George Michael Moser and Mary Moser) and two sets of brothers (George Dance the Younger and Nathaniel Dance-Holland, and Paul and Thomas Sandby).

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The Royal Academy does not receive financial support from the state or crown. One of its principal sources of revenue is hosting temporary public art exhibitions. These are of the highest quality, comparable to those at the National Gallery, the Tate Gallery and leading art galleries outside the United Kingdom. In 2004 the highlights of the Academy's permanent collection went on display in the newly restored reception rooms of the original section of Burlington House, which are now known as the "John Madejski Fine Rooms".
Under the Direction of the Exhibitions Secretary Norman Rosenthal the Academy has hosted ambitious exhibitions of contemporary art including in 1997 "Sensation" the collection of work by young British Artists owned by Charles Saatchi. The show created controversy for including a painting of Myra Hindley that was vandalised while on display.


Royal Academy of Arts / Restaurant
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by another29 | 2006-12-29 04:36 | ■Gallery

ICA

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ICA
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Gallery

The Mall London SW1Y 5AH UK

website: www.ica.org.uk





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The ICA is home to the best new art and culture from Britain and around the world.
The Institute of Contemporary Arts was established in 1947 by a collective of artists, poets and writers to showcase and champion contemporary culture across a wide range of art forms. Since its establishment, it has been at the centre of many of the most significant artistic and cultural developments in the past 60 years. It has also introduced numerous artists, performers, writers and other cultural figures to a wider audience, both nationally and internationally.
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Today, the ICA consists of two galleries, two cinemas, a theatre, a bookshop, a bar and café and private function rooms. Its programme covers visual arts, digital arts, music, cinema, talks and educational events. Through the "ICA Club" it provides a forum for the creative industries, providing networking opportunities and a range of organised events. The ICA Bookshop offers a wide range of books, magazines, DVDs and other merchandise both in-store and on line. The ICA's facilities, including two magnificent function rooms, are also available for private hire and events.



Alien Nation 17 November 2006 - 14 January 2007
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d0079151_3535674.jpgFeaturing Laylah Ali, Hamad Butt, Ellen Gallagher & Edgar Cleijne, David Huffman, Hew Locke, Marepe, Henna Nadeem, Kori Newkirk, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Eric Wesley and Mario Ybarra Jr.The first project of its kind, Alien Nation is a timely, ambitious and thought-provoking exhibition co-produced by the ICA and the Institute of International Visual Arts that explores the complex relationship between science fiction, race and contemporary art. In sci-fi cinema of the 1950s and '60s, Cold War fears of invasion, communism and nuclear war were played out in films that projected the anxieties of the present onto the future. In recent years many artists have similarly used science fiction and extra-terrestrial forms to explore racial difference and as a potent metaphor for the threat of the outsider.
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by another29 | 2006-12-29 03:29 | ■Gallery

British Library

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British Library
Library

St Pancras 96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB

website: www.bl.uk



The British Library was established by the British Parliament with the British Library Act, 1972. A three-year Funding Agreement with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Library's main source of income, sets out the agreed outputs and levels of performance that the Library is expected to deliver.
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The British Library Board was established under the British Library Act 1972. The Board has ultimate responsibility for strategy, and for the development of Library policy and for overseeing its execution. The Board members meet six times a year. Committees have been established to undertake certain delegated functions.
The Executive Team has executive responsibility for management of the Library. Its members are the Chief Executive and the senior Directors, who form the top management structure.
To help the Library meet its users' needs and fulfil its statutory functions, the British Library Advisory Council advises on major areas of policy and strategy.


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by another29 | 2006-12-29 03:00 | ■Life

TATE MODERN

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TATE MODERN
Gallery
2000
London,UK

Bankside London SE1 9TG
[Nearest St.St.Paul's]

website: www.tate.org.uk

Architect: Hezog & de Meuron


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ロンドンのテムズ川沿いに経つ旧電力発電所をリノベーション。
ヘルツォーク&ド・ムーロンによるデザインで2000年にオープン。
モダンアートが一同に集まる場所。それがテートモダン。

ギャラリーだけでなく、レストランやカフェも併設。
何時間でもめいっぱいアートを楽しむことができる。
旧電力発電所当時の大規模の吹き抜けを既存し、ダイナミックな空間を構成するなど、前途の面影を活かしてうまくリノベーションされていた。

7Fに設けられたレストランからの眺望はとてもすばらしい。
大きな開口からはセントポール大聖堂が真正面に見えた。

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by another29 | 2006-12-28 23:45 | ■Gallery

Playlounge

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Playlounge
Toys Shop

19 Beak Street London W1F 9RP

website: www.playlounge.co.uk


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SOHOの一角に最近オープンしたばかりのトイショップ・Playlounge。
Made in Japanの品揃えがスゴイ。日本顔負け。
好きなヒトにはたまらないオモチャの宝庫です。
日本では即日完売するようなモノが整然と並んでいる様には驚いた。
しかも衝撃の低価格。

デザイナーとのコネクションも良いらしくPlaylounge限定モデルが何点かありました。
オモチャ好きな人なら、ロンドン旅行の際は絶対行かなければならないショップです。
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by another29 | 2006-12-27 23:59 | ■Life