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By pamelajean
Having spent the day exploring the ancient part of Valencia, I deeply regret having found The City of Arts and Sciences just as the coach arrived. So I really must go back.
Built between 1996 and 2005, it's a complete contrast to the old part of Valencia, a unique complex devoted to scientific and cultural dissemination which is made up of five main elements, one of which is L'Umbracle, a long greenhouse containing a spectacular gardened esplanade with plant species indigenous to Valencia.
L'Umbracle sits on top of a giant underground car park and here you see the air vents, disguised as entrance ways into the building, a touch of architectural whimsy, and the vents are decorated with traditional ultramarine Spanish mosaic. To me, they looked like giant urinalsGrin!!!
2 versions, separate images, not a crop.
Here is a picture on the internet of the building, I didn't have time to take one myself.

Tags: Spain Mosaic Architecture Valencia Detail Greenhouse Vents

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johnlw 11 1 10 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2013 1:24PM
Both interesting images.

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
28 Apr 2013 1:54PM
Excellent captures, Pamela, love the blue and white contrast. Carol
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
28 Apr 2013 1:57PM
What an amazing building this is !! You MUST definitely go and spy the place out Pamela !!
saltireblue Plus
8 8.1k 33 Norway
28 Apr 2013 1:59PM
They do indeed look like giant urinals, PamelaGrin
Excellent piece of architectural abstract taken, I suspect, from the best pov. Good, tight comp.

Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
28 Apr 2013 2:48PM
Wonderful combination of art and architecture, and beautifully taken too.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2013 3:09PM
Wonderfully weird - and V2 is even weirder.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2013 3:29PM
Both are interesting and excellent Pamela.

gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
28 Apr 2013 4:11PM
I bet you could have spent ages here with wonderful photo opportunities which you have shown an example of in these two great images. - gary
Philip_H 6 1 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2013 4:28PM
An amazing looking building and I much prefer your take on the building to the internet image Grin

tonyng 8 10 2 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2013 4:47PM
Some architecture. Like the receding lines.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
28 Apr 2013 5:00PM
Wonderful lines, shadows and repeat patterns in these architectural abstracts.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2013 6:31PM
A stunning example of modern Architecture wonderfully photographed from a great point of view. My thoughts echoed yours perfectly regarding the 'urinal' similarity, however one cannot fail to be amazed at such a magnificent structure.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
28 Apr 2013 7:33PM
An amazing building, fantastic image!
Blue and white work really well together both good captures but v1 just takes it for me.
bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
28 Apr 2013 8:31PM
What a tidy/clean construction. I prefer V1 - great shapes.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
29 Apr 2013 5:38AM
Lovely repetitions

crookymonsta Plus
10 838 10 England
29 Apr 2013 11:06AM
Super work. This is somewhere we are thinking of visiting in June - even more so now!
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
29 Apr 2013 1:05PM
A brilliant piece of artistic architecture Smile And two super images captured here, Pamela, with V1 being my fave Wink
Trev Smile
boov 5 2 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2013 2:51PM
cracking shots
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
29 Apr 2013 4:42PM
These are beautiful...and they DO look like giant urinals, GrinGrin

Fascinating place and I really love the depth, detail and colour in both the shots! VERY beautifully taken, these.

evelen 13 5 England
29 Apr 2013 6:31PM
wonderful shots .
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
1 May 2013 4:23AM
Fascinating place and 2 great images.

Thank you for your interesting comments and info on my Anemone image. So glad to be back on-line at long last this morning!

xwang 9 56 8
1 May 2013 2:22PM
Excellent detail and colour...they might work in B&W s well.
6 3 8 United Kingdom
1 May 2013 3:08PM
They would excellently in b/w, which isn't to say these aren't good. Excellent work and very well observedGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
1 May 2013 3:58PM
What an amazing building, Excellent detail and colour
1 May 2013 6:09PM
Great Architecture well photographed
Regards Brian
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
1 May 2013 10:29PM

Quote:These are beautiful...and they DO look like giant urinals, GrinGrin

Fascinating place and I really love the depth, detail and colour in both the shots! VERY beautifully taken, these.


My thoughts too Pamela ! Blush xxx
SeveGarcia 5 10 United Kingdom
2 May 2013 10:43PM

I'll be there next week so I can't wait to capture some great shots

Amazing architecture.. Well observed vibrant blues Wink
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
5 May 2013 12:08AM
Fascinating perspective, really well done!
11 Jun 2013 9:08PM
Two brilliant shots Pamela. I have seen quite a few stunning photos of Valencia on epz, and it looks like a Photographer's paradise. Your photos certainly do this place justice, although I have to agree with you on the fact that they look like giant urinals. Don
3 Jul 2013 9:26PM
Glad to give number 70!Smile
Two wonderful shots, Pamela!


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