June Roof: Name that Roof

Sydney Opera House roof peaks

Can you spot the stars?

For my last post in Becky’s brilliant square roof challenge, I offer what is surely one of the most famous roofs in the world.

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June Roof: Splashes of red

Rooftops in Vejer

Rooftops in Vejer

Why, do you suppose, are these roofs red? Very eye-catching but does the colour serve a purpose? This town is Vejer de la Frontera, near Cadiz in Spain.

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June Roof: Can you hear the music?

Eastbourne bandstand

Eastbourne bandstand

What a gorgeous colour is this for a roof! Sadly, this photo does cut off the tip of the spire, but those beautiful blue tiles are clear. It’s heartening to come across one of these bandstands in good condition and still used. This is in Eastbourne, on the south coast of England. I went there a few times when I lived in London, walking along some of the Seven Sisters chalk clifftops and along the landscaped promenades.

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June Roof: Dreaming Spires

Oxford spires

“That sweet city with her dreaming spires”

This is Oxford and some of its renowned spires dotted about the rooftops. The phrase “dreaming spires” is from a poem by Matthew Arnold with its lines describing a view of Oxford: “And that sweet city with her dreaming spires,/ She needs not June for beauty’s heightening.”

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June Roof: Closer to home

Bondi rooftops

“Closer to home” indeed! These are the roofs of houses beside my apartment building, shot from my window. These clunky chunky roof tiles are very Australian, or at least very Sydney. I often wonder what those two small peaked structures on the nearest roof are, and how one become damaged — and why it was never repaired.

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June Roof: “All Aboard!”

The roof of the "train shed', St Pancras International Train Station, London

The roof of the “train shed’, St Pancras International Train Station, London

This single-span iron and glass roof encloses the “train shed” of London’s St Pancras International Train Station, home to high-speed Eurostar trains to Europe. (And also slower trains for domestic services.) “The arched, cast iron station canopy spans 240 feet (73 m) across the platforms without intermediate support – then [1860s] the widest of its kind in the world. It was designed as a cost effective and efficient means of avoiding the need for additional solid structure in the lower level [where beer from breweries was stored].” source

Not in this photo, sadly, is the Champagne Bar at platform level — the longest champagne bar in Europe, and a marvellous spot from which to admire this stunning roof. Certain suites at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel also overlook the train shed. I’ll be staying at the hotel in August on the night before a friend and I head off to Paris on Eurostar, and I’ve requested “a room with a view”. Photos to follow!

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June Roof: Anyone for Tennis?

Tennis court on roof

Tennis court on the roof

This tennis court in the sky is very near where I work in downtown Sydney — in fact, I took the photo from the 15th floor of my office building. I’ve never seen anyone actually playing tennis here, but the entire court was recently substantially refurbished, so it must get used sometime. Despite that netting, I can’t help but imagine balls falling on the heads of unsuspecting pedestrians below!

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