I don't see any similarities at all between these buildings you posted & the Technium 2 image & I don't understand how you can remotely find them "reminiscent of".
I didnâ€™t think I would need to join the dots on this one, but if you insist, theyâ€™re similar with regard to:
- architectural language; libreral use of circular geometry and curves, use of overhanging roof, as well as oversailing canopy at entry point
- materials; curtain wall glazing combined with render / masonry finish
- setting ; all are free-standing buildings in docklands, with similar landscape works
This isnâ€™t an inherent criticism of any of the schemes, my point here is that what the Swansea scheme does is neither new nor exciting.
I don't find either Ferry Terminal inviting, exciting or even disturbing. Whereas The Technium (for me at least) has an immediate identity, a greater sense of place, and is an intriguing building.
Can you list specifically what you find so exciting & intriguing about this project, as perhaps like the over-sailing roof, itâ€™s gone over my head.
I would be delighted to see examples of buildings you find exciting or you think more apt for the purpose & location
Buildings that I like in a similar setting & use to this would include:
- Heneghan Pengâ€™s competition winner for an office block at Dun Laoghaire harbour: http://www.irish-architecture.com/unbuilt_ireland/dublin/carlisle_pier/hp/index.html
- The Unibank HQ, Copenhagen by Henning Larsen http://www.arcspace.com/architects/larsen/unibank/index.htm
- Esat BT HQ, at Grand Canal Quay, Dublin by De Blacam & Meagher http://www.debm.ie/architects/index.htm
- ING HQ in Amsterdam by Meyer & Van Schooten http://www.meyer-vanschooten.nl/
Other projects that I think are successful in this type of setting:
- Peter Zumthorâ€™s Art Museum, Bregenz
- Rafael Moneoâ€™s Kursaal Centre, San Sebastian
Others with same use:
- BTV HQ, in Wolfurt, Austria by Baumschlager & Eberle
- Eric Parryâ€™s Finsbury Park office block in London
- Ernstingâ€™s HQ in Germany by David Chipperfield
- Richard Rogerâ€™s Lloyds Registry of Shipping Building, London
- Offices in Penang, Malaysia by Ken Yeang
To say its run of the mill / ordinary ...well ...I can only conclude your post is just intended as a wind up.
If youâ€™re going to take that tone, I could likewise conclude that youâ€™re easily excited and need to travel beyond the confines of Swansea so as to see what else there is out there; something that may be a bit more exciting that the Technium Centre if you can handle it.