Monday, May 6, 2013

From Bond to Bank.....



Back into the city and guess where! Yup St.George's Terrace, the big business end of town! The mix of old and new, one storey and multi storey office buildings are a photographers dream. Above 108 St Georges Terrace formerly known as Bankwest Tower was built by the infamous Alan Bond,  completed in 1988 and with 52 storeys it was Perth's tallest building until it was overtaken in 1992 by Central Park. Until the collapse of his 'empire' in 1991 Alan Bond occupied the top three floors, this is where he hung the Vincent van Gogh painting Irises bought in 1987 for US$53.9 million and resold a few years later to the J.Paul Getty Museum in LA. It's said that his chair, desk and boardroom table are still there on the 50th floor today for use as part of the lease. There's been so much to-ing and fro-ing in this building over the years if you're interested check out the link, I think you'll agree that it's got quite the history! There's a wee bit more to it, but I'll save it for another time. Hope you had a good weekend and are raring to head into the new week :) happy Monday, take care..p.s. can you imagine how many corner offices overlooking the Swan River there are in this cleverly designed building..p.p.s. hectic weekend, catch up today.....

32 comments:

  1. Great shots, Grace. Yes they have lots of prime corner spots there!

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  2. This is just magnificent!

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  3. Awesome buildings and terrific shots for the day, Grace! Bond sounds like a lot of those "money" guys from here in the states! Really in interesting post for the day as always! Hope you've had a great weekend!!

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  4. awe inspiring...great captures!

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  5. It certainly is a very dramatic building but with me lack of afinity for great heights, I'll work on the ground floor, please.

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  6. Great pictures of modern building, like the upwards shots.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  7. I always think it's difficult to get a good shot when shooting above you like this but you've proved me wrong. When I win the lottery I'll buy the top three floors.

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  8. Great architecture photos, Grace.
    The first is very imponent, the third is classic, but fantastic.

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  9. Impressive building.
    Very good photographs and document.
    Hugs and kisses.
    Happy Mother's day!

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  10. Impressive, from many points of view!

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  11. You are Perth's great ambassador! I want to live in the city you show, G :-)



    Aloha

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  12. It is a clever design. So many workers can sit by a window!

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  13. This looks like a place where I could easily spend a few hours with the camera.

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  14. It is an impressive building. We don't see so many skyscrapers here. I am always amazed by its height.

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  15. Hi, Grace. Multiplying the availability of corner offices is exactly why modern skyscrapers are built like this. Big shots can never have enough corner offices.

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  16. An impressive building for sure.

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  17. So funky, it reminds me of an accordion for some reason! It must add a beautiful touch to the skyline. I love that second shot too, looking straight up (hope it was OK on the back:)

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  18. I can imaging a pair of medium-high executives in tow adjacent fins staring at each other through the windows, wonder which has the superior position.

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  19. AKA Bonds phallic symbol!!!

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  20. That is an extraordinary building. Many, many corner offices must be in there. Have a great week Grace!

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  21. Goodness! There are some bold lines in the architecture in Perth. Today's photo combined with you new header make my head spin, Grace.

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  22. Good picture, horrible building!
    Knock it down I say!

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  23. dint know much about Alan Bond till i read this post...now googling him!!!

    http://www.myunfinishedlife.com/

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  24. Gosh!
    When I see images like this, I feel I am from a small village :)

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  25. Huge building, I love the angle in your pictures and the modern buildings are wonderful!Talented girl!
    Léia

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  26. I love your shots, Grace. Especially with that super sky to set off those great buildings.

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  27. interesting architecture .. excellent povs

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  28. Great photos! I've seen the Van Gogh painting (Irises) at the Getty. It's wonderful. I had no idea about this part of it's history.

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  29. Fantastic compositions, Grace! I like them all.

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