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photoblog image A Chimney House?

A Chimney House?


What is it???
I have never seen anything like it in my life!


Seen on top of the Swiss National Museum in Zurich, Switzerland, last November.


A Chimney House?


What is it???
I have never seen anything like it in my life!


Seen on top of the Swiss National Museum in Zurich, Switzerland, last November.


comments (37)

  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 6 Apr 2009, 01:10
I have no idea, if it's the chimney, it's the most ornate one I have ever seen.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Aussie. I still can't figure it out.
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 6 Apr 2009, 01:43
a very nice rooftop shot. a very pointy steeple too! =D
Ginnie Hart: I love those pointy steeples, Liang. Are they lightning rods?
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 6 Apr 2009, 02:23
Indeed...it looks strange... but I like the architecture!
Ginnie Hart: I LOVE the architecture of Europe, Sidney! smile
  • rian
  • Mobile, US
  • 6 Apr 2009, 02:51
wow.. must be some kind of high tech antenna or something like that.. what strikes me is the contrast it makes with the 'archaic' roof it's in.. smile nice shot.. smile
Ginnie Hart: I know, Rian. It's so strange to me.
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 6 Apr 2009, 03:42
It appears to be the star of David on the front of that upper portion. I'm guessing it may have been a Jewish temple. Nice details and very intriguing structure.
Ginnie Hart: It looks like that to me, too, Sherri, so maybe that's part of the "museum," high up on the roof??
A wonderfully textural shot, Ginnie. Superb architecture and that does indeed look like the Star of David on the tower section
Ginnie Hart: I wonder if that's a part of their museum, Paul, up on the rooftop!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Apr 2009, 05:16
I had to translate the word 'belfry' to make sure that is what it is, remember that we were in the Dom in Utrecht with all the bells, the things pointing down is for the sound to 'move out' YKMY....grin
Prachtige compositie, mooie details en de kleuren tegen de witte lucht maken het tot een hele mooi geheel.
This one has 'Ginnie' all over.
Ginnie Hart: I accidentally deleted Ray's comment, but yes, it does look like a miniature belfry of sorts. A tiny little cathedral, too. IKYE? smile Yes, I do. En onzettend bedankt, mijn lieve vriend. Alsjeblieft heb een goede dag!
fallait y penser à ce détail. j'aime beaucoup
Ginnie Hart: It's hard to figure out, isn't it, O-P!
Is it a chimney disguised as a building?
Ginnie Hart: Exactly what I'm wondering, Chad! It IS a museum, after all. smile
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Apr 2009, 07:53
Great spot Ginnie I dont think I have seen anything like this before. It looks spooky.
Have a good week mijn vreind and take care. smile
Ginnie Hart: It's hard to figure out, Tracy, but I'm sure someone has a good explanation for it. You, too, have a great week, Musketeer!
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 6 Apr 2009, 08:12
Great architecture but not what l would call attractive, did you get a sore neck finding this shot smile
Ginnie Hart: Since I was using my 200 lens, Tony, I was far enough away to save my neck, but thanks for asking. smile
It's true! It could be a deluxe chimney.... or a house for the service! wink
Ginnie Hart: A house for the maids would be nice but quite small, José Angel. grin You are so funny.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 6 Apr 2009, 09:04
A Swiss tiled chimney - and look at that star of David on its side!
Ginnie Hart: I have a feeling it has something to do with the museum, Chris, but what, I do not know!
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Apr 2009, 09:22
It looks as though it could be a bell tower or even a pigeon loft. Strange little construction sitting on top of the roof!
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: And to think of all the people who miss it, Ingrid! But then, that happens a lot with museums...can't see everything, I guess!
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 6 Apr 2009, 10:05
Well spotted and captured Ginnie great detail
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Vintage...and welcome back!
good composition
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chantal.
  • blackdog
  • the third stone from the sun
  • 6 Apr 2009, 10:41
A tiled chimney in the background and I presume a lightning conductor in the foreground, but it is odd that it would be lower than the chimney. Perhaps it is for collecting meteorological data?
Ginnie Hart: Who knows, Mike! Not even Philine seems to know what it is...so that tells you a lot! smile
Since the bottom part is brick, I would guess a chimney albeit a fancy one.
Ginnie Hart: That's my guess, too, Mary, but it sure is intriguing, if so!
  • Ian
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Apr 2009, 11:18
Nonplussed myself, but I just love the colours - it's like it has the coat, or patterning, of a wild jackal ... looks awesome.
Ginnie Hart: HA! You have a great imagination, Ian! grin
Very nice shot Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Navin!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 6 Apr 2009, 12:31
Really interesting : a chimney as church or synagogue, I see a "David-Star" - you have captured very well the structures of the roof!
Ginnie Hart: For all your interest in architecture, Philine, I was hoping YOU could help us out! It is so very strange, isn't it! Maybe it's part of the museum?
Quite a nice and intriguing structure! I haven't got a clue.
Ginnie Hart: If you don't know, Richard, then who does?? grin
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 6 Apr 2009, 12:51
How cool Ginnie, I love this. I house owner and builder with a great sense of creativity smile
Ginnie Hart: I'm even wondering if it's part of the museum...in a far-out place that only a few will find/see??
Is it a small bell tower?
Telling may be the six pointed (jewish?) star.
Ginnie Hart: And is it a museum piece, Wim???
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 6 Apr 2009, 13:06
A belfry...for the bats and the pigeons...and, the obligatory hunch-back!

Love this shot, Ginnie.

Do you get a sore neck from walking about looking up
at the roofs of these places. [grin]
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ray, for obliging me after I inadvertently deleted this comment of yours! sad I had my 200 lens on that day so I was able to take this from far enough away to NOT get a kink in my neck, thank God. That hunch-back would LOVE living in a belfry like this...if he could fit in!
  • david
  • United States
  • 6 Apr 2009, 13:34
it's a fancy chimney/bell-tower/dovecote...multitasking at it's best smile
Ginnie Hart: I like that, Mike. As a Gemini, I like the thought of multitasking. grin

OKAY, MIKE (aka DAVID)! Sorry about that!!!
Just like David said, I think it's just an elaborate brick up market chimeny smile
Love the intricate and detailed design, shame you won't find architectural design like this on so called modern buildings, that's if they stay up long enough. Well spotted smile
Ginnie Hart: It may be one of a kind, Fotografa??!! No one seems to have seen one like it, so I guess I was lucky. Thanks.
An elaborate draft deflector or perhaps just an architects little folly. Well spotted.
Ginnie Hart: Someone knew we'd all be stumped, Bill, for sure. smile Thanks.
Very odd but so beautiful. And is a lightning rod in front?
Ginnie Hart: I assume that's a lightning rod, Michael. At least THAT makes sense. smile
This is an amazing capture Ginnie, great find and I am fascinated by the architecture. Stunning details and a great frame.
Ginnie Hart: Kinda makes you wonder, John, doesn't it! Thank you, as always.
  • Andy
  • United States
  • 6 Apr 2009, 17:49
Wow That is the strangest chimney I have ever seen! Love this shot!!
Ginnie Hart: Just think of all the people that pass by and never even see it, Andy! Thanks.
Very weird construction Ginnie, tops off a very good picture though.
Ginnie Hart: I suppose stranger things have been seen, Brian, but not too many. smile Thanks.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 6 Apr 2009, 19:30
Incredible detail put into a chimney..how odd!! Wonderful capture. Great eye!
Ginnie Hart: Odd, especially when not too many people will actually ever see it, Marcie! Thanks.
  • dotun
  • lanham, MD
  • 7 Apr 2009, 02:52
Nice shot Ginnie. Thanks for stopping by the other day.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Dotun. You and I go back a long time! grin
une jolie architecture A+
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Patrick.
I'm not sure what it is, but it looks like the type of wood that could give some big splinters. Thank goodness it's a roof and not flooring. Love the decorative steeple!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, OSB, for stopping by and commenting!
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 15 Apr 2009, 15:25
Now THAT'S a chimney!

And a model of the CN Tower too. What a quirky architect.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Colin. It sure caught my eye!

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