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Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and drawings

Posted on February 15, 2017 by Toothpicker

‘Metropolis' (1988) by Zaha Hadid at the entrance of the exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery

 
I have previously written about the late British Iraqi star architect Zaha Hadid (click here), and I showed little enthusiasm about her later works. However, I was a fan of her earlier paintings – the conceptual ones [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Architecture, Art, Design, Contemporary, contemporary and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, British design, contemporary art, contemporary architecture, Zaha Hadid


A tour of the endangered Hornsey Town Hall

Posted on October 23, 2016 by Toothpicker

The Art Deco Hornsey Town Hall is a landmark building in Crounch End
 
Recently, the Grade II* listed 1930s Art Deco building Hornsey town hall in Crouch End has received much media attention due to Haringey council's plans to turn part of the building into a boutique luxury hotel developed by a Hong [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Architectural conservation, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Modernist design, British heritage and was tagged with London, British design, heritage, art deco architecture, Architectural conservation, modernist architecture, Hornsey town hall, Crouch End


Jeff Koons at Newport Street Gallery

Posted on October 16, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
Ok, I am not a fan of Jeff Koons nor Damien Hirst, so what was I doing at Hirst's art gallery for Koons' Now exhibition? One reason: architecture. This month, Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall was named as the winner of this year’s Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) Stirling Prize for [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Architecture, Art, Contemporary, contemporary and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, contemporary art, contemporary architecture, Newport street gallery


The gentrification of Brixton

Posted on October 9, 2016 by Toothpicker

 

   
The restored grade II* listed Ashby's Mill, also known as Brixton windmill (1816) & a trendy cafe nearby
 
Due to rapid urbanisation around the world, major urban cities are struggling to cope with the influx of migrants for the past few decades. Housing shortage is one of the biggest challenges [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Architecture, Photography, Markets, Street art & graffiti, Social issues, Street life, British heritage, gentrification and was tagged with London, architecture, shopping, graffiti/ street art, Food markets, Brixton, gentrification


Serpentine pavilion & Summer Houses 2016

Posted on July 26, 2016 by Toothpicker

Serpentine Pavilion by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
 
This year, the 16th Serpentine Pavilion (10th Jun until 9th Oct 2016) is designed by Danish architectural studio BIG, or Bjarke Ingels Group. In addition to the main pavilion, four 25sqm summer houses inspired by the nearby 18th century Queen Caroline’s Temple are commissioned and built [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Gardens & parks, Design, Contemporary and was tagged with London, gardens, serpentine pavilion, contemporary architecture, V & A museum


Berlin's DMY International Design Festival

Posted on June 9, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
The design festival's 2016 location – the former power plant, Kraftwerk Mitte
 
Back in 2010, I visited Berlin and DMY International Design Festival for the first time; and not only did I fall in love with the city, I also found the festival inspiring. The 5-day event took place at the splendid [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Design festivals & shows, Design, Berlin and was tagged with architecture, Berlin, DMY design festival


Brighton Festival 2016

Posted on May 20, 2016 by Toothpicker

Top: Brighton railway station, built in 1840; Bottom: Brighton from the train
 
It has been a while since I have visited Brighton, and the annual Brighton Festival (6th - 28th May) gave me a perfect excuse to revisit this popular coastal city.
The trick to train travel in the UK is to book as [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Britain, Architectural conservation, Modernist & Art Deco, Theatre & performance art and was tagged with art deco architecture, theatre, Art festival, modernist architecture, Brighton


How I fell out of love with Zaha Hadid's architecture

Posted on April 4, 2016 by Toothpicker

The Peak leisure club – Zaha Hadid's competition winning-design in Hong Kong (1982-83), though the project was never realised
 
Like most people, the death of world-renowned British Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid came as a shock when I heard it on the radio one afternoon. Suddenly, memories came flooding back, as she was someone [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Contemporary and was tagged with contemporary architecture, Zaha Hadid


Reykjavik's contemporary architecture

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Toothpicker

 

Harpa concert and conference centre

 
This is my last entry on the architecture in Reykjavik, which focuses on the contemporary buildings in the city.
The most distinguished contemporary building in Reykjavik has to be the Harpa Concert and Conference Centre, opened in 2011. Designed by Danish architecture studio Henning Larsen Architects and Icelandic studio [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Design, Contemporary, Iceland, Reykjavijk, Icelandic design and was tagged with contemporary architecture, Iceland, Reykjavik, Icelandic design


The Nordic House by Alvar Aalto

Posted on February 12, 2016 by Toothpicker

 

 
I am a big fan of Finnish Modernist architect Alvar Aalto's work ( you can read my previous entry on him here). Although most of Aalto's buildings are located in Finland, he did build a few outside of Finland in his later years, and The Nordic House in Reykjavik is one [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Finnish design, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Iceland, Reykjavijk and was tagged with alvar aalto, Finnish design, modernist architecture, Reykjavik


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