Archive for November, 2007

I went to Cardiff Bay on Friday to take some pictures of The National Assembly for Wales “Senedd” Building for a website I’m currently working on. I was lucky with the weather – I hadn’t checked before I went.

The Senedd doesn’t sit on Fridays – the Assembly Members (AM’s) hold their constituency surgeries that day. Maybe that was why the docks area was so eerily quiet. I’m not complaining, the lack of people made it possible to take some good panoramic photos. People moving across the scene often appear as ghosts, or in more than one place at once!

The photos which went to make up the shots below were taken with my Lumix DMC FZ10 on a tripod and combined into a montage. The first photo is taken from the centre of the Oval Basin. It is a 360º panorama starting and ending at the former dock entrance with the Millenium Centre towards the middle and the red brick Bute Dock Building to the right. The finished photo is 1,600 pixels high by 15,000 wide, the one below being a fraction of that.

Oval Basin

Oval Basin

Below is the Welsh Assembly Senedd Building with the Pierhead Building to the left. Click the photo for a larger version.

Panorama - click for larger image

Pierhead Building and the Senedd Building Cardiff Bay

Here is one just of the Millenium Centre. The slate-faced part of the building to the right is not curve-fronted like the main facade, it’s just the result of the panoramic shot. Also that the silver tower on the left did not have water cascading down it when I took the shot, which means that the reflection of the surrounding buildings is better and the sun is mirrored, refecting lines across the concourse.

Cardiff Millenium Centre

Cardiff Millenium Centre

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Below is the entrance hall/concourse of the Senedd Building. At this level is the Public Gallery. On the level below is the Senedd debating chamber and on the level above is situated seating and a refreshments area.

Welsh Assemby Senedd Cncourse

From the floor of the top level – above the Senedd Chamber – the roof springs organically.

Senedd Ceiling Welsh Assembly Cardiff

Below is the Senedd Chamber – viewed from the Public Gallery.

Senedd Chamber Cardiff Wales

Below that is the debating chamber.

Senedd Debating Chamber

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Best MP’s Website Award

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The website I designed for Adam Price MP has won the British Computer Society’s “Best MP’s Website Award“.

The BCS president and head of the judging panel Nigel Shadbolt described the site as “an outstanding exampleof design, engagement and accessibility.

You can browse every UK MP’s website to compare and contrast. If that’s not enough excitement for you, how about the website of every Member of the European Parliament.

Many members of the Welsh Assembly Government have websites but I can’t find a simple list of them. There is however a novel sales pitch which many have taken part in, otherwise known as a video biography. I think they need to be as innovative as Plaid election broadcasts before they’ll make it on to YouTube.

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