Beats By Dre’s Splashy New Headquarters: No Apple Influence Here – FastCoDesign

Southern California history meets daytime disco in Beats’ Culver City headquarters.

“Beats is a Southern Californian company and Bestor’s design underscores that connection to L.A.’s history, landscape, and culture with a series of photo murals by photographer Iwan Baan in 10 of the conference and break-out rooms. The aerial images depict the founder’s neighborhoods–Silver Lake, Holmby Hills, Hollywood Hills–as well as the abstractions of freeway interchanges and the oil pumpjacks still bobbing away in Baldwin Hills.”

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How Iwan Baan Became the Most Wanted Photographer in Architecture – The Wall Street Journal

by Fred A. Bernstein

Iwan Baan photographs the world’s buildings as they are made, used and abused by people—an approach that’s made him the architecture world’s most sought-after lensman

It’s easy to see why Iwan Baan is called the Indiana Jones of architecture photography. One morning in January, at a small airport west of Mexico City, the 39-year-old Dutchman listens patiently as a helicopter pilot explains why he won’t be allowed to open the chopper’s door after liftoff. But if he can’t open the door, Baan explains, there’s no point to the flight, during which he plans to shoot the city’s new David Chipperfield –designed Museo Jumex the same way he has shot dozens of other buildings—en plein air, from 2,000 feet up.

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The Wall Street Journal: How Iwan Baan Became the Most Wanted Photographer in Architecture

Interview with Photographer Iwan Baan

“Within the rather genteel milieu of architectural photographers, Baan is a phenomenon: a Flying Dutchman constantly girding the globe in pursuit of images. Like an architectural version of Mario Testino, he is the starchitects’ photographer du jour, documenting their buildings in a way that has become as distinctive and era-defining as Julius Shulman’s moody, monochrome shots of Californian Case Study Houses”

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A piece on Iwan Baan’s Instagram feed in the Dutch magazine “de Architect” (in Dutch)

Het werk van architectuurfotograaf Iwan Baan wordt alom geroemd. Niet alleen de compositie en de vastlegging van het object, maar ook de wijze waarop de context en het gebruik zich in het beeld dringen, maken zijn foto’s meer dan mooie plaatjes. Buiten zijn opdrachten om publiceert Iwan met enige regelmaat op Instagram, een iPhone-app waar mensen foto’s kunnen delen met de wereld.

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