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Blend Of Old And New In Modern Metropolises

Historic buildings are an integral part of today’s cities and their preservation is an element of basic architecture, but sometimes it takes to successfully blend old and new structural designs in modern metropolises.

The face of many historic cities has changed over the past few decades with varying architectures and newer buildings mushrooming across whole areas of towns. Today, ancient centres and buildings, such as pre-war office blocks and churches, intermingle with futuristic skyscrapers and ultra-modern financial districts.

Loo4ward had collected for you few examples when old building meet  modern structure:

The Union of Romanian Architects, Bucharest, Romania

The Union of Romanian Architects, Bucharest, RomaniaALEXANDER SPATARI / GETTY IMAGES

The building of the Union of Romanian Architects became one of Bucharest’s top tourist attractions because of its architectural value. If the bottom floors look like a historic building, towards the top, it turns into a modern style skyscraper. Located at the corner of Boteanu and Demetru Dobrescu streets, right in the heart of the Romanian capital city, this architectural marvel combines vintage and modern architecture through a mixture of brick and glass.

Church of Saint Francis’, Spain

Church of Saint Francis', SpainDAVID CLOSES

Jagged glazed stairwells climb the stone walls of this eighteenth century church in Catalonia that architect David Closes has converted into an auditorium.The church is all that remains of a Franciscan convent that spent over 150 years in ruin in the town of Santpedor. The external staircases wind up from the entrance through the walls of the building, overlooking the auditorium in the former nave.

Hotel Hilton, Budapest, Hungary

Hotel Hilton, Budapest, HungaryALEXANDER SPATARI / GETTY IMAGES

Built around the remains of a medieval monastery, the Hilton’s architecture tends to divide opinion. Its neo-Baroque façade is studded with rows of metallic-tinted windows; I rather like its blend of old and new, but others are less sympathetic. Either way, its location makes it a winner for those who prefer the gentler atmosphere of the Castle District.

Business Centre Tupolev Plaza, Moscow, Russia

Business Centre Tupolev Plaza, Moscow, RussiaTupolev Plaza

Classical architecture, it transpires, is still alive and well in Moscow not just in the residential, but also in the office sector. Tupolev Plaza makes a very different impression, however, and at first sight anyone expecting to find something that looks like it could have been transplanted from Verona to the banks of the Yauza is likely to end up a little baffled.

White Square, Moscow, Russia

White Square, Moscow, RussiaVladimir Sergeev

During the Soviet times the majority of Moscow churches didn’t function. They were not always destroyed, but too often they were neglected.The church of Saint Nicholas on Tverskaya Zastava was built in the beginning of the 20th century by the architect Gurdjienko. Only V 1993 St Nickolas church was returned to The Russian Orthodox Old-Rite Church. The services started in 1995. Modern office buildings appeared a few years ago (2007-2008). The contrast of old and new is very common for the present day Moscow cityscape. Some people find it sad,  the others feel excited about Moscow architectural diversity.

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, CanadaNIKREATIVE / ALAMY / DIOMEDIA

The extension to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), now named the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, is situated at one of the most prominent intersections in downtown central Toronto.  It is the largest Museum in Canada and attracts more than a million visitors a year. The entire ground level is unified into a seamless space with clarity of circulation and transparency.  The Crystal transforms the ROM’s fortress-like character, turning it into an inspired atmosphere dedicated to the resurgence of the Museum as the dynamic centre of Toronto.

Castle Hotel Nesselbek, Kaliningrad, Russia

Castle Hotel Nesselbek, Kaliningrad, RussiaYuriy Koblov

The luxury Castle Hotel Nesselbek impresses the guests by its magnificence and special atmosphere of the Middle Ages. It is located in the picturesque area near Kaliningrad, close to the airport Khrabrovo. The Hotel Nesselbek is built according to the rules of the architecture of that era. It differs from other hotels by its unique interior: it seems that the warm red brick walls still hold the secrets of the Teutonic Order.

Quinta Real Hotel, Mexico

Quinta Real Hotel, MexicoAGEFOTOSTOCK / EAST NEWS

Quinta Real Hotels breaks the barriers of the conventional hotel, featuring innovative architecture in each of its destinations, embracing both design and history throughout its properties and inviting guests to engage instead of remain simple visitors; to become interpreters of Mexico’s legacy, written every day. As an exclusive collection of jewels, each hotel and its design exists purposefully, carefully blending into their natural and historical landscapes and combining beautiful interior design, art and culture.

Hundertwasser House, Vienna, Austria

Hundertwasser House, Vienna,

The Hundertwasser House is one of Viennas most visited sight. A residential house by the ideas of Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Designed by the Architects Josef Krawina as a co-originator and Peter Pelikan. In the year 1983 the foundation stone was laid and on 17th of February 1986 the house was handed over. Hundertwasser’s desire to bring architecture closer to nature is not only apparent in the use of curves but also in the landscaping of the terraces with trees and ivy. The facade of the Hundertwasserhaus is painted in bright colorful patches; in some areas the painting seems shredded, revealing the original facade.


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