Today was such a long, tiring day; After sleeping for about 6 hours, I kayaked in the school pool for 4 hours straight in preparation for the end-of-the-year kayaking trip to Hainan. It was my first time kayaking and it was actually so much better than I expected it to be! It was fun. But tiring. In the actual trip, we are supposed to be kayaking for 8 hours straight for about 5 or 6 days in the ocean. I just really hope that my kayak will be the one with a motor in the back..
After kayaking, my Korean friend, Hwang Hah, and I decided to go have early Korean dinner at 4:00pm because we were just so hungry and tired. We headed to Wangjing, which is like the korean town of Beijing. This place is where most of koreans in Beijing live, eat, and hang out; Many of the signs are written solely in Korean and the majority of the people in the restaurants and cafes are actually Korean, not Chinese.
Anyways, after eating early dinner, my friend wanted to go home to sleep, so I went to a cafe, where I could see the newly built shopping mall called SOHO Galaxy. Last time I saw this building, it was still in the process of building so I didn't realize the project was already completed and the mall was already open for the public. Chinese workers work so fast!
The shape of this architecture is unique, especially in contrast with the surrounding buildings. The combination of the corner-less shape, smooth texture and the white colour makes the pedestrian feel like they're living in the year 2100. When I was looking at this complex through the window of the cafe, it actually felt like I was living in Steven Spielberg's film, A. I. But when I stepped out of the cafe to head home, I realized that my false impression was based on myopia- the buildings surrounding SOHO Galaxy, which I couldn't see through the window, were all old and sort of rustic and there was a strange juxtaposition between the two. The SOHO building itself is so beautiful, but I don't know if Wangjing was the perfect place to build it in. It just felt like it didn't belong there.
Anyways, because I had some free time at the cafe, I decided to research about the architect who designed this pretty building. Zaha Hadid is an Iraqi-British architect who was the first woman to ever receive the Pritzker Architecture prize, which is also referred to as the Nobel Prize for architecture. The common trait of Hadid's artworks is the use of curves and the futuristic atmosphere it creates. The buildings she has designed all look pretty similar to the SOHO galaxy and all have the same futuristic vibe, so it's easy to spot Hadid's architecture out in the city.
I think it's relatively easy to tell which architect designed an architecture. I feel like architects tend to each have his/her own style, and stick to it for a longer time than Fine artists do, who kind of jump around from style to style or medium to medium. (I'm so tired I don't even know how to word my thought effectively... sorry) For example, when you see a minimalist architecture made solely from concrete, you can guess that it is designed either by Tadao Ando or an architect inspired by him. I don't know.. maybe this isn't logical because artists always have their own styles, but I just feel like architects stick to their style and theme more persistently than Fine artists do.
That's all I have to say for today.. I should go to sleep... or at least start on my homework..