Thursday, 10 May 2007

ReflectedBuildings

Taken on Rue de la Loi, this shows the modern face of Brussels and it's corperate/euzone mixture of steel and glass buildings. Sure they have nice lines but that completely lack character or substance.

The mixture of old and new styles in Brussels is quite incredible, but the modern standards are cheap and bland. Many of the old architects had their names carved into stone on their buildings, but who wants to take credit for a big flat sheet of glass?

5 comments:

Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

Even modern office blocks can be designed with style, as seen in Paris La Defense and Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. Not the case in Brussels, sadly. There is a huge building almost finished at Botanique which is an ugly monolith showing huge lack of imagination - right opposite the beautiful Botanique building. Shame on you, Brussels town planning department!

bartje said...

Do you mean the building on this photo? It's a photo before the renovation, and after.
http://img457.imageshack.us/img457/9788/botaniccomp2iv.jpg
Personally, I quite like it.

bartje said...

BTW, I found this picture on Skyscrapercity.com.

The Secret said...

Thanks Bartje, It's an improvement, but so many seem to lack 'presence'

bartje said...

Well, you sure have a point, but personally, I quite like the Botanique building Daphne was talking about.