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San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao

Home of Athletic Club, commonly known as Athletic Bilbao.

Through coach windows hence blurry:-

San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao

Stadium with crane in foreground:-

San Mamés Stadium and Crane

Ría del Nervión O de Bilbao, Telefonica tower to left, San Mamés Stadium behind it:-

Bilbao panorama

San Mamés Stadium:-

San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao

Edited to add:- I meant to say the stadium looks a bit like a spaceship has plonked itself down in the middle of the city.

You can find images of the San Mamés here.

Bilbao

Bilbao sits in a bowl of hills with the Ría del Nervión O de Bilbao running through it.

View towards South Bilbao from Aretxbaleta Bidea:-

Towards South Bilbao

Panorama from Aretxbaleta Bidea (stitch of three photos):-

Bilbao from Aretxbaleta Bidea

Bilbao is a stunning city but due to its surrounding hills is very compact.

Buildings across Ría del Nervión O de Bilbao from Guggenheim Museum:-

Buildings across Ría del Nervión O de Bilbao

University Buildings from fountains outside Guggenheim Museum:-

Bilbao University

Bilboa Opera House:-

Bilbao Opera House

Mural Under Salbeko Zubia Bridge over Ría del Nervión O de Bilbao:-

Mural Under Salbeko Zubia Bridge over Ría del Nervión O de Bilbao, Bilbao

River view:-

View from Bilbao Bridge

The river loops through the city. Another bridge view:-

Another Bilbao Bridge View

Telefonica tower throuugh trees:-

Telefonica Tower, Bilbao

Telefonica tower:-

Telefonica Tower, Bilbao

More Guggenheim

“Umbrella” feature on the exterior:-

"Umbrella," Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Internal structures:-

aGuggenheim 8 inside 1

Internal Structure, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

More Interior, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

We were told these iron spirals were built in before the roof and walls were put up. As you walk round them the walls bend in and the space around you is changed:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, First Exhibit

Fountains at the edge of the external plaza:-

Fountains outside,  Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Exterior Exhibits

There are external and internal exhibits at the Guggenheim.

The steel spheres are Tall Tree and The Eye by Anish Kapoor. They are surrounded here by FOG, an installation by Fujiko Nakaya. The mist switches on every so often:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, FOG and Reflections

The giant spider (Maman) protecting her clutch of eggs is by Louise Bourgeois:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao FOG + Spider Sculpture

Salbeko Zubia Bridge, Bilbao, FOG and Spider:-

Salbeko Zubia Bridge, Bilbao, FOG and Spider

Tulips by Jeff Koons:-

Jeff Koons Tulips, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Tulips, Salbeko Zubia Bridge in background:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao + Bridge

Puppy by Jeff Koons. A giant West Highland Terrier covered in flowers. The flowers bloom at different times of the year so the exhibit is always changing. From Museum:-

Jeff Koons Puppy,  Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Puppy, museum in background:-

Jeff Koons Puppy, Front

Puppy and museum:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao  and Koons Puppy

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

The attraction, for me, of the cruise we decided to take was the opportunity to visit the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, whose url I note has a Basque Country (Euskadi) stem.

Designed by Frank Gehry, the museum building is distinctive and idiosyncratic. It has no straight lines in its construction.
This view is from Aretxbaleta Bidea in the hills above the city. The Salbeko Zubia bridge over Ría del Nervión O de Bilbao is in the middleground here in front of the museum:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao from Aretxbaleta Bidea

This model, in the museum shop, bears a resemblance to a ship:-

Model,  Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

The musuem from road and tramway:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Closer view:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Moving towards entrance:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao 4

Part of exterior:-

Exterior, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Exterior (other side):-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Exterior

There was a man in the waterway with a fishing net!:-

Man Clearing Waterway,  Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Lorient’s Art Deco Crown; Chambre de Commerce

This fine Art Deco building in Lorient, Brittany, France was just across a bridge over the inlet of the river, Le Scorff, from the modern Art Deco in the previous post.

Chambre de Commerce de Lorient et du Morbihan:-

Lorient Chaber of Commerce

Close-up of pediment:-

Lorient Chamber of Commerce Pediment

Doorway:-

Lorient Chamber of Commerce Doorway

Corner view:-

Lorient Chamber of Commerce, Corner View

Side view upper detail:-

Lorient Chember of Commerce Side View Upper Detail

View from side street:-

Lorient Chamber of Commerce, Extension?

The nearer doorway in the photo above has Tribunal de Commerce in the stone at the upper level:-

Lorient, Tribunal de Commerce

Lorient, France

Our first cruise stop was in Lorient, Brittany, France. Almost the first thing we saw after making our way out of the port was this piece of Modern Art Deco:-

Modern Art Deco, Lorient

The style continued a bit further along:-

More Modern Deco, Lorient

The same group of buildings from across an inlet of the river, Le Scorff, just beyond where the Black Watch was moored:-

Deco 3

The spire of this church kept catching my eye. It was ages before I found the street it was in. Eglise Notre Dame de Victorie St Louis, rebuilt 1953-5 after bomb damage during the war:-

Eglise Notre Dame de Victorie St Louis

Doorway:-

Doorway, Eglise Notre Dame de Victorie St Louis, Lorient

The Body Shop:-

Deco Style, Lorient

There is a slight Art Deco look, especially the porthole windows in the annexy bit, to this building at Lorient harbour, which from its appearance may date from the Second World War:-

Art Deco? Lorient Harbour

Edinburgh’s Art Deco Heritage 11 (ii): The White House (Craigmillar Roadhouse) Interior

My original post about this building is here.

Last May we stopped in there for a coffee and a cake.

The internal doors:-

Art Deco Internal Doors

Door and ceiling detail:-

Art Deco Door and Ceiling Detail

Doors to café:-

Cafe Doors

Main room one angle:-

Main Room, Craigmillar Roadhouse, Edinburgh

Main room second angle:-

Opposite View of Main Room, Craigmillar Roadhouse

Main room third angle:-

Third View, Main Room, Craigmillar Roadhouse

Red room. This was where we sat down:-

Red Room, Craigmillar Roadhouse

Red room other angle:-

Red Room Opposite View, Craigmillar Raodhouse

Stairwell:-

Stairs, Craigmillar Roadhouse

Upper floor (i):-

Upper Floor, Craigmillar Roadhouse

Upper floor (ii):-

Upper Floor with Window, Craigmillar Roadhouse

Exterior detail of side doorway:-

Art Deco Exterior Detail

Art Deco Style Building, Zonnebeeke

I couldn’t help noticing this very deco looking (or possibly Frank Lloyd Wright influenced or maybe it’s just Belgian) building when we passed through Zonnebeeke in Flanders. The tower behind belongs to the Church of our Lady:-

Art Deco Building, Zonnebeeke, Flanders, Belgium

Art Deco Building, Zonnebeeke,

Imagine my surprise when I got round to the front and discovered it houses the Passchendaele Research Centre which seems to be part of the Passchendaele Memorial Museum. Note the “rule of three” in the windows – and even in what looks like a cold frame below them:-

Art Deco Building, Zonnebeeke

Other angle:-

Art Deco Building Zonnebeeke

From rear:-

Art Deco Style Building, Zonnebeeke

Unfortunately I couldn’t get an uninterrupted view of the frontage due to the parked van:-

Art Deco Style Building, Zonnebeeke

Art Deco in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Bury St Edmunds has a smattering of old buildings in the Gothic style but also some Art Deco. This is a very thirties Marks & Spencer:-

Bury St Edmunds, Marks and Spencer

Betfred has Art Deco leanings in the slight overhangs:-

Betfred, Bury St Edmunds

But the exemplar has to be The Works, which exhibits the rule of three in the windows which in addition have great deco glass, with sunburst effect above:-

The Works, Bury St Edmunds

Detailing:-

The Works, Bury St Edmunds, Window

End window detail:-

The Works, Bury St Edmunds, Detail

The Works was right beside this Tudor/mediæval style building which now houses W H Smith’s:-

W H Smith's, Bury St Edmunds

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