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Spring 2009


I (Scott Gilchrist, photographer for Archivision), took two major documentation trips during the spring of 2009 covering architecture, gardens and public art in Asia and Europe. The following lists comprise what was photographed, both in stills and HD video.


China Trip 2009

For ten days during the China portion of the trip Tracy Miller, PhD, was my guide.

Tracy Miller received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000 and is presently Associate Professor of Art History at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Her research specialization is the history of East Asian architecture, with a particular interest in the religious art, architecture, and landscapes of medieval North China. Her first monograph, The Divine Nature of Power: Chinese Ritual Architecture at the Sacred Site of Jinci was published by Harvard University Asia Center in 2007 and she is currently working on a second book project: Building Across Borders: Regional Style in China's Monumental Timber Architecture, 900-1200.



  • Bank of China Tower (or BOC Tower) (IM Pei & Partners, 1985-1990)
  • International Finance Centre (or IFC or ifc One) (by Cesar Pelli & Assoc with Rocco Design Ltd, 1997-1003)
  • Highcliff (by Dennis Lau & Ng Chung Man Architects & Engineers, HK)
  • HSBC Main Building (by Sir Norman Foster, 1983-1985)
  • Chek Lap Kok Airport (by Norman Foster, 1998)
  • Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (by Marshall Strabala, 1988-1997)
  • The Peak Hong Kong and Peak Tram (by Terry Farrell, Architects, 1991-95)
  • The Center (by Dennis Lau & Ng Chung Man Architects & Engineers, HK, 1995-1998)
  • Central Plaza (by Dennis Lau & Ng Chung Man Architects & Engineers, HK, 1989-1992)
  • Hong Kong Community College, Kowloon (2007)
  • Lippo Center Hong Kong (by Paul Rudolph, 1998)

Repulse Bay

  • Hong Kong Park
  • Tin Hau Temple / mosaic sculptures / Queen of Heaven (Tin Hau or Tian Hou) and God of Mercy (Guanyin) Statues

Shenzhen (China's first-and ultimately most successful-Special Economic Zone)

  • Shenzhen Axis
  • Shenzhen City Hall
  • Shenzhen Library (By Japanese architect Arata Isozaki)
  • Shenzhen Bicycle parking lot
  • Shenzhen Telcom Building
  • Shenzhen Science Museum
  • Shenzhen New World Center


  • Cenotaph & Statue Square
  • Skyline views from Victoria Peak
  • Skyline views from Kowloon & Victoria Harbour


  • Central
    • Man Mo Temple (Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, was built in 1847)
    • Hung Shing Temple in Wan Chai (1847)
    • Pak Tai Temple (or Yuk Hui Temple) in Wan Chai
    • Tin Hau Temple (Tin Hau Temple Rd)
    • Lantau Island
      • Tian Tan Buddha (1990-1993)
      • Po Lin Monestery
  • Kowloon
    • Chi Lin Nunnery (Buddhist nunnery in Diamond Hill, Kowloon) – rebuilt
       in original Tang architecture using interlocking systems cut into
       the wood without use of nails)
    • Wong Tai Sin Temple (Taoist temple, one of the most famous shrines
       in HK)
    • Tin Hau Temple (Tin Hau district, Kowloon)


  • Legislative Council Building (1912)
  • Government House (1851-55)




  • Shanghai Tower (by Gensler…under construction, will be the tallest
    tower in China at 2074 feet)
  • Shanghai World Financial Center (by Kohn Pedersen Fox or KPF) – won 2008 "Best Tall Building Overall" (1600 feet)
  • Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
  • Jin Mao Tower (by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1998)
  • Shangahi Grand Theatre (by Jean-Marie Charpentier, 1998)
  • Oriental Pearl Tower (by Jia Huan Cheng of the Shanghai Modern Architectural Design Co. Ltd., 1991-1995) (1,535 feet)
  • Tomorrow Square (by John Portman, 1997-2003)


  • The Bund (Waitan)
  • Pudong (free-trade area)
  • People's Square (Renmin gongyuan)
  • Nanjing Road


  • Longhua Monastery (Longhua si) and pagoda (10th century)
  • Jing'an Temple (Jing'an si, rebuilt during the Qing Dynasty)
  • Yufo si (Jade Buddha Monastery) - an active Chan (Zen) Buddhist Monastery
  • Yuyuan (Mandarin Gardens, restored 1956)
  • Zhenru si (Yuan dynasty (Main Hall ca. 1320)



The Classical Gardens

  • Fisherman's Net Garden (Wangshi yuan)
  • Lion Grove (Shizi lin)
  • Humble Administrator's Garden (Zhuozheng yuan)
  • Lingering Garden (Liu yuan)
  • Mountain Villa with Embracing Beauty (Huanxiu shanzhuang)
  • The Surging Wave Pavilion (Canglang ting)
  • The Couple's Garden Retreat (Ou yuan (also called Paired Garden))
  • The Garden of Cultivation (Yi pu, also called Art Garden)
  • The Retreat and Reflection Garden (Tuisi yuan (In Tongli)

Other Sites

  • Tiger Hill (Hu qiu) Including Lingyan Monastery (Lingyan si) Pagoda (interior from late 10th century)
  • Gratitude-Paying Monastery (Bao'en si)
  • North Monastery Pagoda (Bei si ta, ca. 1131-1163)
  • Confucian Temple (Wen miao)
  • Hanshan Temple (Monastery) (Hanshan si)
  • West Garden Temple (Monastery) (Xiyuan si)
  • Daoist Temple of Mystery (Xuanmiao guan)
  • Canals




  • Forbidden City (Zijin cheng)
  • Temple of Heaven (Tian tan)
  • Great Wall (Changcheng)
  • Old Summer Palace (Yuanming yuan)
  • New Summer Palace (Yihe yuan)
  • Beihai Park (Beihai gongyuan)
  • Miaoying Monastery (Miaoying si)
  • Medieval Hebei sites:
    • Longxing Monastery (Longxing si, Song-Qing dynasties)
    • Confucian Temple (Wen miao Dacheng Hall, 10th century)
    • Kaishan Monastery (Kaishansi, Main Hall, Liao dynasty, ca. 11th century)
    • Temple to the Northern Peak (Beiyuemiao) Yuan dynasty
    • Kaiyuan Monastery (Kaiyuansi) Pagoda


  • Central Business District:
    • China World Trade Centre Tower 3 (CWTC) (74 floors, by SOM, 2005-2008) (views from top)
    • Central Chinese Television Tower or CCTV (by Rem Koolhaas Architects, 2004-2008) & Television Cultural Center
    • MOMA Linked Hybrid (by Seven Holl Architects, 2003-2008) (Green - uses geothermal cooling and heating)
    • Sino-Italian Ecological and Energy Efficient Building (SIEEB) at the Tsinghua University) (GREEN project)
    • National Grand Theater of China ("The Egg") (by Paul Andreu Architects)
    • Capital Airport: Beijing Airport Building (by Foster & Partners)
    • Beijing South Railway Station (by Terry Farrell)

  • Beijing Olympics (and area):
    • The Water Cube (by Herzog de Meuron, 2007)
    • Bird's Nest - National Stadium (by Arup, Herzog & De Meuron Architekten AG, China Architecture Design & Research Group)
    • Beijing Olympic TV Transmission Tower (by ArchiCAD, 2008)

  • Digital Beijing (by Studio Pei-Zhu, 2008)

  • Xicui Entertainment Complex : Zero Energy Media Wall
    (by Simone Giostra & Partners Architects, 2008)
    Greenpix behaves like an organic system, absorbing solar energy during the day and then generating light from the same power that evening. The project promotes the uncompromised integration of sustainable technology in new Chinese architecture, responding to the aggressive and unregulated economic development currently undertaken by the industry, often at the expense of the environment.


DATONG and vicinity

  • Huayan si (Huayan Monastery was established in the 11th Century, Liao Dynasty, rebuilt in the 12th Century, Jin Dynasty, reworked in subsequent periods until present day)
  • Shanhua si (Shanhua Monastery built 8th Century, rebuilt 12th C; today the monastery comprises the Sumptuous Hall of the Great Hero (Daxiong baodian Liao period, 916-1125), the Hall of the Three Holy Ones (Sansheng dian, 12th C) and the Puxian Storied Pavilion, or Puxian ge (1154)
  • Wall of the Nine Dragons (Jiulong bi, Dongjie Street in the town center) (It was built in 1392 to embellish the residence of Zhu Gui, the thirteenth son of the first Ming Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang)
  • Yungang shiku (Yungang Caves or Grottoes – these rock cut buildings and sculpture are some of the most celebrated accomplishments of Buddhist art in China) begun 453
  • Xuankongsi (Hanging Temple) (built 491 reconstructed Ming and Qing Dynasties; has Buddhist, Daoist and Confucian elements)
  • Jueshansi Monastery (Jueshansi) Pagoda (Lingqiu, 1090)
  • Yingxian Timber Pagoda (built under Liao imperial patronage 1056-1095)
  • Jingtusi (Yingxian, Daxiongbao Hall from 1184)
  • Chongfusi (Shuoxian, Amitabha Hall from 1143)



Modern Tokyo

  • Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower (by Tange Associates, 2006-2008) 9 awarded the 2008 Skyscraper of the Year by
  • National Art Center (by Kisho Kurokawa and Nihon Sekkei, Inc, 2002-06)
  • Fuji Television or Fuji TV in Odaiba (by Kenzo Tange, 1996)
  • Tokyo Art Museum (by Tadao Ando)
  • Tokyo Sky Tree (by Tadao Ando, under construction)
  • Tokyo Midtown and Midtown Parks (by SOM, 2004-2007)
  • 21_21 Design Sight (by Tadao Ando, 2007)
  • Yoyogi Olympic Stadium (by Kenzo Tange, 1961-1964)
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (by Kenzo Tange, 1988-1991)
  • Tokyo International Forum (by Rafael Viñoly, 1996)
  • Mikimoto Ginza 2 (by Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects, 2005)
  • Nakagin Capsule Tower (by Kisho Kurokawa, 1972) (Ginza)
  • Tokyo International Forum (by Rafael Vinoly, 1996)
  • Prada Store (by Herzog & de Meuron)
  • Undercover Lab (by Klein Dytham Architecture)
  • St Mary's Cathedral (by Kenzo Tange, 1963)
  • Harajuku (futuristic church by Ciel Rouge Creation, 2005)
  • Asahi Super Dry Hall (by Philippe Stark, 1989) (Asakusa Tokyo)
  • NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building (by Kajima Design, 1997-2000)
  • Suntory Museum of Art (by Kengo Kuma, 2007)


  • Tod's Omotesando Building (by Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects, 2004)
  • Prada Store (Herzog & de Meuron, 2008)
  • Kengo Kuma Building
  • Omotesando Hills (by Tadao Ando)


  • Shibuya (Tokyo's Times Square)


  • Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Skylines from

  • Tokyo Tower
  • World Trade Center

Historic Tokyo

  • Zojoji Temple (rebuilt 1974, near Tokyo Tower) and Sankaidatsu Gate, 1622 Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple (rebuilt 1931-1934)
  • Gokuku-ji Temple
  • Asakusa Kannon Temple (aka Sensoji Temple)
  • Meiji Jingu Shrine
  • Hei Shrine
  • Imperial Palace and Imperial Palace East Garden
  • Yasukuni Shrine
  • Bank of Japan, Tokyo, by Tatsuno Kingo, 1890-96
  • Tokyo Station by Tatsuno Kingo, 1914
  • Hyokeikan (Tokyo National Museum), by Katayama Tokuma, 1901-9
  • Akasaka Detached Palace, by Katayama Tokuma, 1909
  • Memorial Library, Keio University, by Sone Tatsuzo, 1912
  • Nihon Yusen Building, by Sone Tatsuzo, 1923
  • Tokyo National Museum, by Watanabe Hitoshi, 1937
  • Diet Building, based on a design by Watanabe Fukuzo, 1936
  • Tokyo Central Post Office, by Yoshida Tetsuro, 1931




End of April – early May, 2009


  • The Philology Library, Free University in Berlin, by Norman Foster
  • Altes Musuem, by Karl F Schinkel and L'Acqua Acetosa (1825-1828)
  • AEG Turbine Hall, by Peter Behrens (1910)
  • DZ Bank, by Frank Gehry (1998-2000)
  • Oberbaumbrücke, new parts by S. Calatrava (1994)
  • Berlin Philharmonic Hall, by Hans Scharoun (1956 to 1963)
  • Niemeyer Housing, by Oscar Niemeyer and Soares Filho 1957)
  • Unite d'habitacion, by Corbusier, 1956-1959
  • Haus der Kulturen der Welt, by Hugh Stubbins
  • Neues Museum restored, by David Childs
  • Sony Center Berlin, by H Jahn
  • Reichstag, parts by Norman Foster
  • Academy of the Arts Berlin, by Behnisch & Partner (2005)
  • Martin Gropius Bau, by Martin-Gropious and Heino Schmieden, 1881
  • DG Bank, by Frank Gehry
  • French Embassy, by Christiande Portzamparc
  • Scandenavian embassies (various architects)
  • Holocaust Memorial, by Peter Eisenmann
  • New National Gallery, by Mies
  • Potsdamer Platz
  • Brandenburg Gate, by Carl Gotthard (1788-1791)
  • Berlinwasser Int Headquarters, by Christoph Langhof (1998-99)
  • Jewish Museum, by Daniel Libeskind
  • Einstein Tower, Erich Mendelsohn (in Potsdam) (1919-1921)
  • Norwegian Embassy, by Snøhetta
  • Fernsehturm Berlin, by various architects (1965-1969)
  • Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, by Peter Eisenman (2003-2004)
  • US Embassy, by Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners (1996-2006)
  • German Chancellery, by Charlotte Frank and Axel Schultes (1999-2001)
  • Paul-Loebe-Haus, by Charlotte Frank and Axel Schultes (2003)
  • Marie-Elisabeth Lueders Haus, by Charlotte Frank & Axel Schultes (2004)


  • Bauhaus Building, by Walter Gropious (1919-1925)
  • Employment Office, by Walter Gropious
  • Master Houses, by Walter Gropious
  • Kornhaus, by Carl Fieger
  • Fieger House, by Carl Fieger
  • Steel House, by Georg Muche, Richard Paulick
  • Housing with Balcony Access (Building Dept. of the Bauhaus)
  • Konsum Buildinig, by Walter Gropious
  • Torten Estate, by Walter Gropious


  • Quai Branly Museum (Musee du quai Branly) or MQB by Jean Nouvel plus “Living Wall” by Gilles Clement and Patrick Blanc.
  • La Cité de la Mode et du Design

EVEUX (France)

  • La Tourette Monastery, by Le Corbusier (1956-1960)


  • Maison de la Culture (aka Espace Le Corbusier), by Le Corbusier
  • Stade, by Le Corbusier (1965-1968)
  • Church of Saint-Pierre de Firminy, by Le Corbusier (1961-2007)
  • Unite d’Habitation, by Le Corbusier (1968)


  • Mosque and Islamic Cultural Center by Paolo Portoghesi
  • Chiesa di Dio Padre Misericordioso, by Richard Meier
  • Ara Pacis Museum, Richard Meier
  • Auditorium, by Renzo Piano
  • Villa Madama, by Raphael


  • Milan Trade Fair, by Massimiliano e Doriana Fuksas(1995-2005)
  • CityLife, by Libeskind, Hadid, Isozaki, Maggiora (under construction)
  • Corso Italia Housing, by Luigi Moreetti (1956)
  • La Rinascente, by CIBIC & Partners
  • Grattacieli


  • City Hall, by Ragner Ostberg (1909) [Scandinavian Art Deco]
  • Stockholm Library, by Erik G Asplund (1918-1927)
  • Stockholm Exhibition, by Erik G Asplund (1930)
  • Woodland Chapel, by Erik G Asplund (1918-1920)
  • Woodland Crematorium, by Erik G Asplund (1835-1940)
  • Stockholm Museum of Modern Art, by Jose Moneo (1998)


  • Oslo Opera House, by Snøhetta (2007)
  • Gol Stave Church (Folkemuseum) (ca. 1200)
  • Raulandstua (Folkemuseum) (oldest wooden structure in Norway)
  • Gamblebyen (Folkemuseum) (reproduced 19C town)
  • Vigeland Sculpture Park sculptures, by Gustav Vigeland
  • Oslo City Hall, by Arnstein Arneberg & Magnus Poulsson (1931-1950)
  • Administration and Festivity (Oslo City Hall murals), by Henrik Sorensen (1938-1950)
  • Royal Palace, by Hans Ditlev Franciscus (1825-1849)




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