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Main entrance to Oriente Station, Lisbon at dusk. Photo: Quintin Lake

Detail of the roof at Oriente Station. Photo: Quintin Lake

Glass and steel roof above the rail platform at Oriente Station, Lisbon. Photo: Quintin Lake

Looking up at the roof of Oriente Station. Photo: Quintin Lake

This was the first Calatrava building I’d seen in the flesh and it’s a hugely exciting building to experience and to photograph. The exuberant organically inspired forms of Calatrava were a favourite for me when I was an architecture student. The huge cantilevered canopy at the pedestrian entrance and the steel ‘trees’ covering the train platforms are particularly joyful. However, not so sweet and what I’ve chosen not to show in these photos is the very poor cosmetic condition of much of the building, peeling pain, rust, cracked glass and thick layers of grime on white panted steel. The internal exposed concrete structure has also been comprehensively Jackson Pollocked with pigeon droppings. Although only skin deep these are the first qualities which most visitors would probably notice which is a shame for such exciting architecture. The question as to wether these issues should be considered design flaws for a public building or simply stinginess on the part of maintenance schedule is probably not simple to answer. Certainly based on my observation the same issues plague most painted steel hi-tech architecture after a decade or so of use from the Pompidou to Grimshaw’s Waterloo Station.

Oriente Station (Gare do Oriente) is one of the main transport hubs in Lisbon, Portugal. It was designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava it was finished in 1998 for the Expo ’98 world’s fair in Parque das Nações, where it is located. It encompasses a Lisbon Metro station, a high-speed, commuter and regional train hub, a local, national and international bus station, a shopping centre and a police office. Oriente Station is one of the world’s largest stations, with 75 million passengers per year which makes it as busy as Grand Central Terminal in New York.

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Bagang is a traditional fishing structure for catching anchovy made of bamboo in Sabah, Borneo. A large fishing net is placed on the sea bottom and light is used to attract the fishes gathering above the net. When this looks promising the net is lifted to collect all the fishes trapped inside. The structure is very beautiful, floating on the sea like a sketch of a house, which I imagine holds the dreams of those who build them.

Bagang or fishing platform for catching Anchovy or (Ikan Bilis)

Bagang or fishing platform for catching Anchovy or (Ikan Bilis)

Side view of house like profile with hut of Bagang or fishing platform off Sandakan, Sabah

Many Bagang or fishing platform for catching Anchovy, Sabah

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Photography © Quintin Lake, 2010

Elegant structures contrasting with the landscape, drawing a line across the landscape, through space and across the sky. Our modern world’s lifeblood elevated above the fields below. Confidently honest in form and function so unlike this deceit in steel.

Electricity Pylon, suspension tower design set against a blue sky above a wheat field in early growth stage near Leckhampton Hill in Gloucestershire, England.

Overhead power lines cut diagonally across the Cotswold landscape of rolling hills and fields Ravensgate Hill in Gloucestershire, England.

Looking up at an Electricity Pylon, carrying overhead power line with suspension tower design set against a blue sky at Ravensgate Hill in Gloucestershire, England.

Overhead power lines diagonally cross the Cotswold landscape of rolling hills and fields Ravensgate Hill in Gloucestershire, England.

Electricity Pylon, suspension tower design set against a blue sky above a wheat field in early growth stage near Leckhampton Hill in Gloucestershire, England

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Photography © Quintin Lake, 2010

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