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Viewing platform at the top of the Santa Justa Lift (Elevador de Santa Justa), Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: Quintin Lake

The Santa Justa Lift (Elevador de Santa Justa or Carmo Lift) is a gloriously eccentric structure in the centre of Lisbon designed by Raul Mesnier de Ponsard, an engineer born in Porto to French parents. Raul Ponsard was an apprentice of Gustave Eiffel and returned to Lisbon with grand design ideas. He petitioned the royal house who provided all of the funding. Construction began in 1900 and was finished in 1902, originally powered by steam. The iron lift is 45 metres tall and is decorated in neogothic style, with a different pattern on each storey.

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Facade I. Detail of the stainless steel facade of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA. Photo: Quintin Lake

Facade II. Detail of the stainless steel facade of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA. Photo: Quintin Lake

Facade III. Detail of the stainless steel facade of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA. Photo: Quintin Lake

The subtle abstract quality of the matte stainless steel panels as they catch the light is what struck me the most about Frank Gehry’s celebrated and much photographed Deconstructivist Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles built in 2003. Originally, one portion of the building featured highly polished panels; however, these were dulled in 2005 due to heat reflection problems in nearby buildings. See images of the Gehry House, LA from 1978 where his experiments with deconstructivism in architecture began.

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