Sunday, May 10, 2009

Designed to Impress

The scale of even a modest city can be massive, and architecture reflects stature: the bigger it is, the more magnificent the impression -- at least that's the intention of the designers. This is the view across the Festival Plaza, behind Parliament House, Adelaide, looking toward the Roma Mitchell building, an administrative block named for the first woman judge in the state. The block is framed by the preserved first Parliament house and the Railway Station (now the Casino). The four-square might of the building suggests the solidarity of the establishment, rising over North Terrace, and the hot summer sky marks this frame, taken in February 2009, as very much Australia. The image was sharpened 5% and the colour enhanced slightly for publication. Fuji FinePix S5600, automatic. Image by Mike.

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