Europe does modernism so well. There we were, walking along the river Tagus in Lisbon, and this beautifully modern building presents itself. I learned later that it is a hotel named the Lisbon Altes Belem Hotel.
It was crisp, clean, and white. Along the south facade, there was this intricate set of sun shades that open and close. The glazing was set back, thereby creating a wonderful depth to the facade. It is long and low slung. And of course, in the best modernist tradition, it sits on a base, thereby elevating the rooms above the fray.
You find these sorts of exquisite modernist buildings all over Europe. I commented previously about some of the stunningly modernist buildings in Croatia. See MODERNIST PURITY for example, or EMOTIONAL HAZARDS.
Because I absolutely knew I was going to draw this later, I walked all the way around the building taking photos. The above photo is from the north side, and the sculpted grass plinth was very cool.
I almost want to say that this is, for Europe at least, an ordinary modernist building. And that says quite a lot.