Philadelphia architect Kieran Timberlake has won the competition to design the new US embassy in the UK. Called New London Embassy, it was built in Nine Elms beside the River Thames. Essentially it is a glass cube enveloped in shimmering sails of plastic. The ‘transparent crystalline cube’ is intended to symbolise ‘transparency, openness, and equality’, according to the architects. The unusual form of the building's façade is designed to minimise solar gain and glare while still allowing natural light in. The reflective façade shifts in colour according to the weather and the position of the sun.
I came across this building in October 2017 when it was still under construction. I found this structure utterly fascinating and decided to capture the unusual façade and the way it was lit up by the sun. This entry represents my interpretation of the scene I saw that day.
Author: Katherine Young is an award winning fine art photographer currently based in London. Having lived on three continents, Katherine has a keen interest in travel and has shot in many parts of the world.
Her interest in photography started at an early age however it has only been in the last five years that Katherine took her hobby more seriously. As a self-taught photographer, Katherine began with travel photography, concentrating on urban landscapes and people, aiming to capture the essence of each of the places she has visited. Inspired by the contemporary architecture of Singapore, Katherine focused her attention on cityscapes and architecture, often using HDR photography to emphasise the vibrance and beauty of the city-state.
Katherine’s real passion is black-and-white photography as she feels that monochromatic images have a surreal and timeless quality which leaves a striking impact on the viewer. Without the distraction of colour, the photograph looks cleaner and reveals the very soul of the subject. Katherine believes that contemporary architecture with its straight lines, dramatic angles and polished surfaces, is particularly well suited to her style of photography and enables her to fully express her vision. She is fascinated by the way 'light illuminates and shadow defines' such structures and brings them to life.