Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Inspiration: Basque Architecture

Many years ago now... my eldest daughter was one and a half I think, so eleven years ago now... when we were still living in London and we went for a trip to Bilbao in Spain to see the new Guggenheim. It had only just opened and we were mesmerised by its beauty and totally charmed by the then-untouched city of Bilbao. Unfortunately, we haven't been back since but I imagine Bilbao has become much more of a metropolis (or at least more used to tourists!) So, I was delighted when I came across this story in one of the architecture newsletters about the new Basque Health Department Headquarters in Bilbao. Isn't it divine? I'm not an architect but I do so love architecture and find it eternally inspiring. What I'd really like to do is to create similar patterning on my brooches... maybe a 3-D bubble not unlike the formation at the top of the building. I love that this city has continued to embrace such a brave architectural frontier. The architects are Coll-Barreu Arquitectos and you can find them here for more info about the building.


Steffen said...

I could not agree more, exciting, mesmerising, I only wish we had the opportunity recently after visiting Barcelona to trip over to Bilbao to pick up the new jewels- Guggenheim, Basque and more

Kylie said...

Thanks Steffen - I'd love to see how Bilbao has taken off in the last few years too... maybe one day soon :) Pity you didn't get there last time. It looks so easy on the map but whilst travelling it's a different matter to sidetrack, isn't it? Thanks for visiting! K

caramela said...

Kulie, I want to see this- the influence on your brooches- oh I know I am going to love it!
I haven't been to Bilbao but it 's going on my wish list!

caramela said...

Sorry for mispelling your name- there is no way to edit the comments is there?
Sorry Kylie!!