Monday, November 19, 2007

City Hall



This is San Jose's City Hall Rotunda. Designed by Richard Meier, this structure and the city office building next door was opened in 2005. The glass dome is 110 feet high and makes use of natural light. I always thought this was an interesting looking building and more so at night.

- AV

14 comments:

Isadora said...

Oh, it is for sure and interesting structure! It would be a great place to put lots of plants and have easy chairs in the reception area. Do they make use of the opportunity?

AVCR8TEUR said...

Isadora, there weren't too many plants in there, but lots of old photos and exhibits from the city's past. Quite interesting.

marsha said...

I love architecture...especially the unusual.

AVCR8TEUR said...

Marsha, I agree. I tend to stare at an unusual building much longer and curious to see what is inside.

Ackworth Born said...

I can't say I care for too much glass in buildings but I guess it is the trend these days.

photowannabe said...

I guess its been a while since I was in downtown San Jose. i don't remember seeing this building. Very interesting architecture for the city hall.

dot said...

It certainly IS interesting looking! Maybe you can show us a night photo also.

Oswegan said...

It is interesting. It reminds me of an observatory.

~Oswegan

AVCR8TEUR said...

Ackworth, with glass windows, they can save on electricity, but the heating cost will seem to go up.

AVCR8TEUR said...

Photowannabe, the building has been there for 2 years now. I think it's time for you and Mr. Mapper to come down for a visit.

AVCR8TEUR said...

Dot, the picture was taken a night, but occasionally they light up the whole dome with different colors. Not sure when that takes place.

AVCR8TEUR said...

Oswegan, now that you mentioned it, it does look like an observatory. Many kids say it looks like R2-D2.

Fénix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

Quite interesting, indeed. Thanks for the link, Meier's work is fantastic!

AVCR8TEUR said...

Fenix, it truly is. There are stairs inside the dome that go to the top. You can see part of them in the photo. Unfortunately, they're not open to the public.