When is a Sail not a Sail?

June 20, 2011

It seems to be some sort of weird trend to make buildings look like boat sails and then charge a large premium to let people live in them. Dubai, Lisbon.. I’m sure there’s more. Still, they look quite interesting to me. Here’s a few photos of a couple of expensive places in Lisbon.























  1. I haven’t noticed this kind of architecture. Very unusual.

    I love the monochrome processing in the last shot.

    • Maybe it’s just that I’m looking for it more now 🙂 I guess they based it on Dubai. In Portsmouth there’s a fabulous place called The Spinnaker Tower (google it), with a beautiful glass floor right at the top. 🙂

  2. Nice images, I really like the buildings against the dramatic sky in that last one. Very nicely done.

    • Thank you, and thanks for visiting

  3. Nice architecture, not something we have a lot of in Edinburgh, but there is lots in Glasgow to the west. Great pics 🙂

    • I think that’s the issue in Britain in general. With the exception of Bristol and maybe the Bullring in Birmingham, most British architecture is a bit… well, boring. Lisbon was full of amazingly modern architecture that was pleasing to look at. 🙂

  4. How fascinating!
    Every time I see a structure like this I almost feel sorry for whoever had to figure out how to actually construct the thing! Obviously well worth their efforts, though! Great shots, Nigel! 🙂

  5. Nice shots, Nigel. It’s amazing the unusual architecture designs some people can come up with and more amazingly, they are able to build them.

  6. Nice shots Nigel.
    Really like your last shot in sepia tone – interesting to see all the folks moving in the same direction.

  7. The architecture is fantastic.

  8. Fantastic architecture….

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