Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Top 10 Buildings of the Decade













My vote for building of the decade goes to the Beijing Bird's Nest. Not because I think it's the 'best' building of the decade but because I think it is most representative of the decade. Here are my reasons:
  • Just in case anyone hadn't realised the new China had arrived, here's a big fat reminder.
  • Just in case anyone hadn't realised we can now make buildings in pretty much whatever shape we want here's a big fat remider.
  • Just in case anyone hadn't realised the decade was one of excess here's a big fat reminder.
On a more personal note, it's a building where I loved the concept, loved the images and was very excited to go and see. However the reality was a bit of a disappointment. Like so much of Beijing it's a bit of a diamond in a sea of excrement and it is so grey the above image could only have been done in Photoshop. Which also seems quite representative of the noughties...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2009/dec/07/best-buildings-noughties?picture=356536529