Thursday, June 5, 2014

Le grand Armadillo!



Why do I think Armadillo whenever I see the Bell Tower :) Built on the Swan River foreshore in 2000 to celebrate the millennium at a cost of 5.5 million there was an outcry.. wasteful expenditure etc. Designed by local architects the 'sails' wrapped around both sides harmonize beautifully with the many yachts sailing by on the river, the glass structure providing many opportunities for reflection!


The sails peak at the top viewing area of the tower creating both city and river vignettes. It's getting harder to find that good spot to take a clear shot, the trees have grown up around the tower over the last fourteen years.. below middle is a view up Riverside Drive, with the Supreme Gardens on the right. I'll show you the view from the top tomorrow and then you'll see my idea of wasteful expenditure, any guesses :) Have a good Thursday, take care and stay safe...



36 comments:

  1. A very impressive architecture and a powerful landwark !

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  2. Oh, I do agree with Malyss!! Breathtaking captures, Grace!! And what an amazing, incredible building!! Hope your week is going well!! Enjoy!

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  3. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's pics.

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  4. What an amazing building! Your photos are brilliant, Grace.

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  5. Wow, that 1st shot is amazing, Grace!

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  6. I'm not convinced by this and yes, I do believe I know what's coming!

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  7. My first thought (first photo) was Darth Vader. These are amazing!

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  8. Love it (from the outside), Grace.
    Hmmm, will tomorrow´s motive be ready in Febuary next year?

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  9. now that is pretty impressive!!

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  10. Τον βρίσκω υπέροχο!!! Πολύ μοντέρνος και εντυπωσιακός!!!
    Και οι φωτογραφίες σου υπέροχες!!!
    Φιλιά

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  11. I like it! It's impressive and striking and unique, and it does sort of resemble an armadillo!

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  12. I thought of Darth Vader as well.

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  13. It offers up some interesting lines. I'm reminded though of the business end of a bee.

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  14. Very nice architecture. I like it.

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  15. Your top photo makes me think of Darth Vader's helmet. I do kind of like the tower. The architecture is very unusual and modern. I think I know where you will be going for tomorrow's post. ;-)

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  16. It's nice but I wonder the same thing about some buildings when there are starving people in the world.

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  17. Stunning shots! I guess I know what the shots will be like tomorrow!!

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  18. Wow impressive architecture! Love the angle in your pictures, this building is so modern and huge! Your pictures are wonderful, thanks for show us so many details.
    I'm sharing this post, it's really a great article!
    Merci!
    Hugs
    Leia

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  19. Unique architecture, and great posting.

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  20. Star Wars here we come. Such futuristic architecture Grace.

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  21. Architecturally it's wonderful, but I also think it was far too expensive! Yes, I can just imagine what is the next big expenditure in that area by the Swan Bells....

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  22. Those are very nice photos, such a great building.

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  23. Yep - another vote here for darth... with a touch of George Jetson thrown in. Your photos are very flattering, though :)

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  24. The armadillos that come around my house at night are quite ugly, which is not a term I would use to describe this beautiful building!

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  25. I think you live in a pretty amazing city. If I were younger, I'd hop on a plane to see for myself, but the trip from Minnesota is pretty daunting.

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  26. It does resemble an Armadillo!!!

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  27. You think armadillo because it looks just like an armadillo (to me anyway).
    It is a pretty cool looking building, that's for sure.

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  28. It's a very beautiful building.... Thanks a lot for showing the diversity of your citiy...

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  29. Overhead shot reminds helmet Lord Veider.

    I like such buildings.

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  30. Wouah ! I love contemporary glass architecture ! My last trip to London next autumn give me the pleasure to discover all that new glass buildings. When you walk along the Tame, it is a marvelous open view.

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