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AF Fisheye Nikkor 16mm f/2.8D

Milan (Italy). Piazza Gae Aulenti and its new architectures are characterizing this (today) fancy part of the city. The impressive Unicredit tower, designed by the architect César Pelli (the same of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, just to give an idea) surrounds the square, where the “Solar Tree” – designed and realized by Artemide – illuminates the place with its eco-sustainable light. Few meters from there, the newly inaugurated “Bosco Verticale” (vertical woods) designed by Boeri Architects, with its characteristic trees populating the facade.

It seems people appreciate this new corner of Milan and come here for a walk, an ice cream or the typical aperitif.

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The Spinning Staircase at Grand Hyatt Hotel Shanghai

Shanghai (China). Discovering and photographing geometries around me is always very stimulating and exciting. For this reason I love shooting architectures, especially contemporary ones.

I photographed this place some years ago: I would have liked to challenge my readers asking them to tell me what they thought it could be; but unless someone has already been here, it’s very difficult to guess. No, it’s not an illuminated tunnel: this is the lobby of a famous (one of the most famous, to be honest) hotel in Shanghai, the Grand Hyatt Hotel in the Jin Mao Tower. The impressive sequence of floors, with a strong yellow light and the sequence of small terraces, takes the observers’ attention and inexorably brings them to the top of the very high ceiling, somehow like a virtual twist.

If you are in Shanghai, I recommend a visit to this place – it’s really unique! and to capture it with the camera, including as much as possible of this incredible place in your photo, try a very wide lens (I used a fish-eye, for your information).

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The Courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi

Florence (Italy). A fish-eye view of Palazzo Strozzi’s Courtyard. I have always considered this place as an example of “architectural perfection”: with its clean lines, harmonious proportions and soft tones, Palazzo Strozzi is a real jewel of the Renaissance period.

If you are a lucky owner of a 1,000 CHF note (more or less equivalent to 1,000 USD), before spending it just watch on one of the two sides: there’s a detail of Palazzo Strozzi (one of its mullioned paired windows, also called “bifore”).

 

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