OK. I admit. I like the work of British architect Norman Foster. During the past weeks I made OneMinute videos of his bridge and tube station. Today I’d like to add a third Foster-building to the ever growing OneMinute series. This OneMinute video will be about the Great Court of the British Museum.
The British Museum is a museum of human history and culture in London. Its collections, which number more than seven million objects, are amongst the largest and most comprehensive in the world. Oh, admission is free!
The Queen Elizabeth II Great Court is a covered square at the centre of the British Museum designed by Foster and Partners. The Great Court opened in December 2000 and is the largest covered square in Europe. The roof is a glass and steel construction with 1,656 uniquely shaped panes of glass. At the centre of the Great Court is the Reading Room vacated by the British Library, its functions now moved to St Pancras.
Today, the British Museum has grown to become one of the largest Museums in the world, covering an area of over 75,000 m2 of exhibition space, showcasing approximately 50,000 items from its collection. There are nearly one hundred galleries open to the public, representing 2 miles (3.2 km) of exhibition space. However, the lack of a large temporary exhibition space has led to the £100 million World Conservation and Exhibition Centre to provide one and to concentrate all the Museum’s conservation facilities into one Conservation Centre. This project was announced in July 2007, with the architects Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners. It was granted planning permission in December 2009 and is expected for completion by 2013.
It’s 325 meters long, 4 meters wide and probably one of the best known bridges in London. I’m talking about the Millennium Bridge, designed by famous British architect Norman Foster.
During my visit to London, about a month ago, I just had to walk over this famous bridge. The bridge alignment is such that a clear view of St. Pauls Cathedral is presented from across the river, framed by the bridge supports.
Please enjoy the Millennium Bridge in just one minute!
And here’s OneMinute number three. During my stay in London I visited Hyde Park. Located in this huge park is the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial. It’s an oval stone ring fountain which opened in 2004. Today’s video is about this memorial.
The fountain was designed by Kathryn Gustafson, an American landscape artist. It consists out of 545 individual pieces of granite. The fountain is about 50 by 80 meters that surrounds, and is surrounded by, a lush grassy field.
The memorial is a great place to hang out at. People are allowed access to the structure and to the water which makes it ideal on a typical hot summer day. Kids enjoy the water while their parents are sunbathing in the grass. As my younger brother pointed out, every city should have such a place. And it doesn’t cost the earth. In fact, with a price tag of ‘just’ four million euros, it’s dirt cheap for big cities!
Anyway, here’s OneMinute number three. You’ll now experience the Diana Memorial Fountains in just one minute!
Number two in the OneMinute series is a video of a tube station. And not just any tube station. It’s Canary Wharf Tube Station, designed by famous British architect Norman Foster. The tube station serves the Docklands District, which is a major business center in London.
This London underground station was opened in 1999. A stunning 40 million people pass through this station each year. And they all use a single line, the Jubilee Line.
Inside, the station looks like a cathedral. It has even been used to celebrate a wedding. No, I’m not kidding! The station cathedral is 24 meters deep and 265 meters long. Above ground, two curved glass canopies cover the entrances and refract daylight into the hall below.
That’s it for the facts. It’s time for you to experience this incredible tube station yourself. Sit back and enjoy OneMinute number two!
NB. I shot this video just like I did number one. It’s the same Panasonic HDC-SD60 camera and there’s still no tripod.
Starting today I’ll create and upload a series of videos with a duration of 1 minute each. Not coincidentally I named it after it’s duration. Hence the OneMinute series.
But why create and upload one minute long videos? That’s simple. People who follow me on Twitter know I was in London last week. Over there I collected about two hours of raw video. But… I don’t have time to spend hours and hours on creating a big long video. And this is not the first time I don’t have time to edit. In the past, I collected many hours of video but didn’t use it so far. It’s a waste of video (and valuable gigabytes on my hard disk drive)! That’s why I decided to create these short OneMinute videos.
In this OneMinute you’ll experience London in just one minute. The changing of the guards, Trafalgar Square, British Museum, Downing Street 10, Millennium Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, river Thames, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. Yep, you’ll experience it all in just one minute!
For people interested. I used a Panasonic HDC-SD60 camera with no tripod. So it’s all filmed hand-held. This time I mostly used standard settings on my camera. Today, I edited this OneMinute video as fast (and the easiest way) as possible. So no Final Cut, Avid or Adobe Premiere. No, I simply used iMovie.
Please enjoy this OneMinute video and I will upload more soon!
Several years ago I started my architectural studies in the Netherlands. Since then, my life accelerated. I lived in five different countries, biked all across the Netherlands, designed a mega church and started working as director. Oh, I also co-founded a company. And I feel like I’m just warming up!