Dolerite and Lattice in the Cataract Gorge Launceston Tasmania Some thoughtful person built a home or maybe just an office next to the entrance of the Cataract gorge. It is constructed in the Edwardian style similar to many buildings in Launceston however the sloping cut dry dolerite stonework bares a slight resemblance to a Japanese castle standing at the start of a path as it does. Having observed many Japanese tourists looking at the gorge from Kings Bridge it seems this resemblance is not lost on them!
This is a set of photos of the Barcelona Pavilion designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe built in 1928 and demolished in 1930 but reconstructed in 1959. At age 16 as a first year arts student when this I first saw plans and photos of this building it was a total revelation. Up until that time I had no idea that a mere building could be so elegant, so simple. I had been exposed to and had visited examples of most periods of British architecture from stonehenge to the recently consecrated cathedrals Liverpool in 1960 and Coventry in 1962 but nothing like Mies’s gem. There are many wonderful and beautiful buildings in the world both large and small but at the small end of the scale this is perfection and one of the most memorable sets of photos I have had the privilege to shoot.