Posts Tagged ‘europe’

europe, thinking insomniac, vernelle noel

Sketch done somewhere in Europe

I did this sketch while in Europe in 2005. I have no clue where I did it and what exactly it was… but I am almost sure, if memory recalls, I was on a bus or some mode of transport when I saw this. I didn’t know what it was (I still don’t know) but it captured me. If anyone looking at this knows what and where this might be, please let me know.

Have a Great Day!!!!

Creative Commons License
This work by Vernelle Noel is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Advertisements
Helsinki Museum Contemporary Art, thinking insomniac, vernelle noel, kiasma

Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland

I did this sketch of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki in 2005. Designed by Steven Holl Architects, it is a study in the resolution of curves and angles.

“The concept of Kiasma involves the building’s mass intertwining with the geometry of the city and landscape which are reflected in the shape of the building. An implicit cultural line curves to link the building to Finlandia Hall while it also engages a “natural line” connecting to the back landscape and Töölö Bay. In the landscape plan, extending the bay up to the building will provide an area for future civic development along this tapering body of water, which also serves as a reflecting pool for Finlandia Hall and new development along the south edge of the water. The horizontal light of northern latitudes is enhanced by a waterscape that would serve as an urban mirror, thereby linking the museum to Helsinki’s Töölö heart, which on a clear day, in Aalto’s word’s, “extends to Lapland.” The changes in elevation proposed with the water extension and it shallow depth would allow for parking decks and/or highway linkages which are presently part of various planning considerations” – Steven Holl Architects.

Click here to go to page>>>

You are welcome to share!

Creative Commons License
This work by Vernelle Noel is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Norddeutsche landesbank, thinking insomniac, vernelle noel

Norddeutsche Landesbank in Hannover

Above is one piece of an exercise I did in 2006 using photos of the Norddeutsche Landesbank in Germany. My graphic design skills have improved a lot since then. Memories of the building, the exercise, and the place made me happy… so I thought I’d post it.

The Norddeutsche Landesbank by Behnisch Architekten,building was completed in 2002, on Hannover’s Friedrichswall, a street connecting the city centre with residential neighbourhoods to the south. The building measures a total of 40,000 square metres and provides office space for a staff of about 1,500. It starts out as a regular platform, from which a seventeen-storey building rises about seventy metres into the air, divided into horizontal blocks set at different angles. A light coat of steel cables and glass covers the projecting parts of the building: a “stretched flexible structure” of the kind normally used in suspended roofs, capable of resisting tensile stress.

From: www.architectuul.com

Have a Great Day!!!!

Creative Commons License
This work by Vernelle Noel is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

The Church of Sant'Angese, Agone, thinking insomniac, vernelle noel

The Church of Sant'Angese in Agone, Rome

I did this sketch of the Church of St. Agnese in Rome, Italy  in 2005 while sitting in the piazza thinking, “This must be heaven.”

The Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone is a seventeenth century Baroque church in Rome. It sits along the edge of the Piazza Novona in Rome, one of the main urban spaces in the historic center of the city and the site where the Early Christian Saint Agnes was martyred in the ancient Stadium of Domitian.

The rebuilding of the church began in 1652 at the instigation of Pope Innocent X whose family palace, the Palazzo Pamphili, faced onto the piazza and was adjacent to the site of the new church. The church was to be effectively a family chapel annexed to their residence.

One of Rome’s greatest public spaces, the piazza is the site of the ancient Circus Agonalis. The piazza’s linear, curved-end shape is formed by an almost unbroken perimeter of individual buildings rising from the pavement to modest height in silent agreement as to the nature of the public space they form.

Reference: A Proper Place by James Mccrery; First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life, 2010

Creative Commons License
This work by Vernelle Noel is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Ze Brugge, thinking insomniac, vernelle noel, europe

Sketch of Building in Bruges, Belgium

Above is a sketch I did in Bruges, Belgium during my Eurotrip in 2005.

Creative Commons License
This work by Vernelle Noel is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Paris, France, thinking insomniac, vernelle noel

Architecture Sketch (2005) - Paris, France

I did this sketch of the Louvre Museum in Summer of 2005 during my back-packing adventure through Europe. This was done on my last day in Paris, before returning to the US. On this day, we did whatever we wanted to. I went to the park in front of the Louvre (Jardin des Tuileries). I pulled a chair, sat below a tree, sketched, fell asleep, had a snack, and fell asleep again. Ahhhh.. Like my uncle would say, “It was two-derful!

Jardin des Tuileries, vernelle noel, thinking insomniac

Jardin des Tuileries - Paris, France (View from my chair)

That evening Paris was alive with music. There were bands playing everywhere, street performances, spectators, the city was ALIVE! This is happiness I thought, and felt. That night my friends and I went to the Eiffel Tower to take in the celebrations there. CRAZY!!! Crazy fun that is! We had a ball. But there were problems with the trains that night… Throngs of people were out in the city, and at the Eiffel Tower…either way, we got stranded. We boarded a train that stopped at a certain point and wasn’t going any further, and everyone had to get out. We walked from wherever that was back to our hotel rooms and crashed. A great end to a great trip!

I had a fantastic day..and the memories always make me smile and long for that adventure again.  I will one day again. Here’s to my EuroTrip Crew (RB, EP, JH, JG, and GM)!

Creative Commons License
This work by Vernelle Noel is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Gateway to India, thinking insomniac, vernelle noel, mumbai

Gateway to India - Mumbai

Above is a sketch of the Gateway to India (right) and the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower (left) in Mumbai, India. This was my view on returning from the Elephanta Caves via ferry. The Taj Hotel precedes the Gateway by over 20 years.

I went to Mumbai on the 21st of November in 2008 for a wedding celebration. My friends and I left Mumbai the following Sunday night, and the fatal Mumbai bombings occurred the Wednesday. Believe me when I tell you, every place we went, and spent time at, was bombed. The Leopold Cafe, was the first place I sat in Mumbai and had a beer legally. I say legally because the state of Gujarat in which I lived was a dry State. That was the one of the first sites to be bombed. I often think of the young man I bought a set of really cool binoculars from outside the cafe, and wonder what happened to him. I hope he’s fine.

I was in my bed the Wednesday day when my cousin called me, “Whey yuh?!” With my groggy voice I answered that I was in bed. He then told me of the bombings that were occurring in Mumbai as we spoke, much to my amazement. Life and its surprises. Appreciate every minute because “poof” and it can be drastically changed.

Sagrada Familia – Barcelona, Spain >>>

Creative Commons License
This work by Vernelle Noel is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

church in portugal, thinking insomniac, vernelle noel, architecture

Church in Portugal

The sketch above is of a church in Portugal. I haven’t been there just yet, but my friend travels to Portugal frequently. On one of her trips, she sent me photos of her travels, and this is a church I saw in her photos. She recently got married there and thought I would dedicate today’s post to her. Congratulations to you and your husband W!

Architecture in Trinidad – Sketch of a house in Woodbrook >>>

Link to 2011 Thinking Insomniac Calendars >>>

Creative Commons License
This work by Vernelle Noel is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

thinking insomniac, vernelle noel, ufa cinema, dresden, germany

UFA Cinema in Dresden, Germany

Above is a sketch of the UFA Cinema in Dresden, Germany by Coop-Himmelblau. This was part of my 6 week back-packing adventure throughout Europe in 2005. I find the building to be very masculine with its composition of angles, structural glass, and concrete; light and dark; transparent and opaque. Hope to see you soon again! More on UFA Cinema from Arcspace. >>>

ENJOY!

Subscribe to Thinking Insomniac, and SHARE with your friends. Note: Confirm the subscription by clicking on the link in the confirmation email received.

Creative Commons License
This work by Vernelle Noel is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

 

St. Peters Basilica, Italy

St. Peters Basilica, Italy

This is a sketch I did of St. Peters Basilica in Rome, Italy in 2005 during my 6 weeks of back-packing throughout Europe.

“The medal by Caradosso (1506) and the partial plan drawn by Bramante (in the Uffizi, Florence), probably represent the earliest stage of the design, before the difficulties appeared which obliged the architect and his successors to propose, and in some cases implement, numerous changes. These changes related not only to the general conception of the plan—first a Greek cross, then a Latin one—but also to the plan of the transepts, which at one time were to have ambulatories; to the role of the Orders, first purely decorative (Bramante), then structural (Raphael, Michelangelo); and to the construction and shape of the dome, first with a single masonry shell (Bramante), then a double one (Sangallo, Michelangelo). The piers at the crossing, which were intended to support the dome, were one of the biggest problems; too slender in Bramante’s plan, they were frequently reinforced… In the 17th century further important modifications were made by Bernini when he created the great colonnade that encircles the Piazza San Pietro.”

— John Julius Norwich, ed. The World Atlas of Architecture. p276.

Link:
Great Buildings Online

The 30th World Wide SketchCrawl is coming up this Saturday, January 22nd 2011. I invite fellow sketchers to join me, my location will be Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Email: thinkinginsomniac@gmail.com

Creative Commons License
This work by Vernelle Noel is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.