DIALOGers share their dream design destinations

DIALOGers share their dream design destinations

Earlier this month we shared a list of DIALOG designed attractions our readers could visit this summer. Well, it got us thinking… our team takes vacations too; where would they want to go? So, we asked them and we got a whack of great suggestions! Here’s a wish-list of inspired places our team is hoping to visit soon.

Palacio de Bellas Artes – Federico Mariscal | Mexico City
Submitted by Nancy Logan, DIALOG Intern Interior Designer

The Culture Trip says: “The Palacio de Bellas Artes is one of Mexico City’s most popular and frequented destinations, visited by around 10,000 people weekly and loved as much by tourists as it is by the locals. This building is instantly recognizable due to its elegant, ornate, white Carrara marble façade and shimmering, dragon scale roof tiles.”

Photo: Xavier Quetzalcoatl Contreras Castillo | Wikipedia


Fuente de los Amantes (Lover’s Fountain) – Luis Barragan | Ciudad López Mateos, Mexico
Submitted by Daviuskha Cavanaugh, DIALOG Architectural Technologist

The Architect’s Learning Handbook says: “Fuente De Los Amantes” is thought to be one of Luis Barragan’s best landscape projects. It has attracted architects and non-architects from around the world to see the remarkable work of combining landscape architecture and nature. When Barragan visited the gardens of La Alhambra in Spain, he became fascinated by the beauty of the Islamic garden design, and that was reflected in this masterpiece.”

Photo: Esparta Palma  Flickr


Tomba Brion – Carlo Scarpa | Treviso, Italy
Submitted by Kate Watanabe, DIALOG Communications Specialist

From Modernist Architecture: “Tomba Brion was meant as a private family cemetery, adjacent to a traditional cemetery in the tiny village of San Vito d’Altivole. Scarpa started designing this project in 1968, and it continued making changes and adding to the the design up until his own death in 1978. Scarpa is also buried at this cemetery, in a corner just outside the walls.” Watch the ArcDog Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWD1gA_selY

Photo: Leon | Flickr


The Chichu Art Museum – Tadao Ando | Naoshima, Japan
Submitted by Allison Martin, DIALOG Website Project Manager

On their website: “Chichu Art Museum was constructed in 2004 as a site rethinking the relationship between nature and people. The museum was built mostly underground to avoid affecting the beautiful natural scenery of the Seto Inland sea. Artworks by Claude Monet, James Turrell, and Walter De Maria are on permanent display in this building designed by Tadao Ando.”

Photo: Forgemind ArchiMedia | Flickr


Cirkelbroen Bridge – Olafur Eliasson | Copenhagen, Denmark
Submitted by Mette Aube, DIALOG Leader of Practice Resources

ArchDaily says: “Cirkelbroen celebrates pedestrians. It reflects the daily life and intimacy that you find around the canal in the Christianshavn neighbourhood, its houseboats and sailing boats, the unique life on the ramparts. Copenhagen’s harbour was once a centre of maritime activity, and Cirkelbroen is a testimony to that history. The bridge is made of five circular platforms, and it contributes to a larger circle that will form a pedestrian route around Copenhagen Harbour, where people – cycling, running, walking – can see the city from a very different perspective.”

Photo: Susanne Nilsson | Flickr


Storm King Art Center | New Windsor, New York
Submitted by Kate Watanabe, DIALOG Communications Specialist

Storm King says it best: “Storm King Art Center is a 500-acre outdoor museum located in New York’s Hudson Valley, where visitors experience large-scale sculpture and site-specific commissions under open sky. Since 1960, Storm King has been dedicated to stewarding the hills, meadows, and forests of its site and surrounding landscape.”

Photo: David Berkowitz | Flickr


Chapel Salgenreute – Bernardo Bader Architects  | Vorarlberg, Austria
Submitted by Liv Storla, DIALOG Architectural Designer

Dezeen explains the design: “The Dornbirn-based practice designed Chapel Salgenreute for a spot next to the Krumbacher moor in Austria’s Vorarlberg state. It replaces an old chapel that had occupied the site for 200 years. Set on a stone base, the chapel is clad entirely in wood, which is intended to grey as it weathers – like the traditional buildings nearby. The architects based the layout of the spaces inside the chapel, including an apse, on the old building, while the steeply pitched roof is intended as a contemporary update.

Photo: Asurnipal | Wikipedia


Fogo Island | Newfoundland
Submitted by Nicole Lemieux, DIALOG Interior Design Technologist

In Nicole’s own words: “If you’re travelling to the East Coast, make your way to Newfoundland and take the time to journey to the quaint (and rather isolated) Fogo Island where you can stay and/or dine at the Fogo Island Inn. The interior design is also exceptional and all the furniture and textiles were created by local Newfoundland craftsman. The island embraces the arts and has unique artist’s residences and galleries speckled all over, like this one called Squish House.”

Photo: Timothy Neesam | Flickr


Aurland Lookout – Saunders Architecture| Aurland, Norway
Submitted by Liv Storla, DIALOG Architectural Designer

Liv says: “I love Todd Saunders, he is from the east coast but works as a professor and architect in Bergen, Norway. So I love how he operates with influences on both coasts.” Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen designed this lookout in 2002 as part of an invited competition – which they won. The project is part of a national program of tourist routes commissioned by the Norwegian Highway Department.

Photo: dconvertini | Flickr


Modernist Villa E-1027 – Eileen Gray | Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
Submitted by Ralph Holmes, DIALOG Associate and Project Manager

Ralph shares: “I would love to visit this modernist villa E-1027 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France. It was designed and built from 1926-29 by the Irish architect and furniture designer Eileen Gray.  It has an interesting history and connections with the early modernists. Check out the documentary film of her life Gray Matters (2014).  There is also a fictionalized version called The Price of Desire.”

Photo: Carl ha | Wikipedia


Seattle Central Library – OMA | Seattle, Washington
Submitted by Yigit Karanfil, DIALOG Design Technology Specialist

OMA’s website describes the project: “At a moment when libraries are perceived to be under threat from a shrinking public realm on one side and digitization on the other, the Seattle Central Library creates a civic space for the circulation of knowledge in all media, and an innovative organizing system for an ever-growing physical collection – the Books Spiral. The library’s various programs are intuitively arranged across five platforms and four flowing “in between” planes, which together dictate the building’s distinctive faceted shape, offering the city an inspiring building that is robust in both its elegance and its logic.”

Photo: Moody75 | Wikipedia

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