Architecture

Rye – the quaint medieval town

Posted on October 24, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
Before booking my day trip to Rye, I actually knew very little about this town. My intention was to visit Dungeness, so Rye was not my destination. But after spending most of the day in Dungeness, I had some spare time and I decided to explore the town before heading home.
 

 

 
Walking [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Architecture, Travel, Britain, Architectural conservation, British heritage and was tagged with architecture, heritage, sunset, Rye, cafe


Dungeness, Prospect cottage & Hurricane Ophelia

Posted on October 22, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
One early October weekend, I was checking the weather forecast on my iPad and it showed that Monday would be sunny. The symbol of the sun somehow triggered an urge in me to go to the seaside. I thought of visiting The Folkestone Triennial, but the photos of some contemporary art installations [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Nature, Gardens & parks, Britain and was tagged with nature, gardens, contemporary architecture, Dungeness, Kent, Derek Jarman, Prospect Cottage


Open house 17: Hampstead garden suburb

Posted on September 22, 2017 by Toothpicker

Free church and Central square
 
I have long wanted to explore the Hampstead Garden Suburb, and so I was quite excited when I saw a guided walk of the area listed on Open House London. With the housing crisis in London worsening, it is time to review what went wrong and examine ideas [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Architectural conservation, Design, British heritage and was tagged with London, architecture, open house, heritage, Hampstead garden suburbs, arts & crafts movements


Open House 2017: Highgate

Posted on September 20, 2017 by Toothpicker

Highgate's hidden gem – Omved gardens
 
Honestly, I am finding it harder to enjoy London these days, and it is partly due to the city being overcrowded. The worst time is June and July when tourists and school children from abroad flock over here – it is a nightmare. September used to be [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Gardens & parks, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Contemporary and was tagged with London, architecture, open house, Brutalism, contemporary architecture, modernist architecture, social housing


The doors of Paris

Posted on September 18, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
 
Top: Petit Palais' Beaux-art façade designed by Charles Girault
 
This post is dedicated to all the beautiful, magnificent, elegant, quirky, stylish, and unconventional doors in Paris. If you haven't noticed the doors in Paris, then start looking when you are in the city next time. Here is a collection that I [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Photography, Travel, Paris, Modernist & Art Deco, Street life and was tagged with architecture, paris, art deco architecture, art nouveau architecture, doors


Art in Yorkshire: Hepworth Wakefield

Posted on August 21, 2017 by Toothpicker

The stunning concrete architecture is designed by David Chipperfield architects
 
Two years ago, there was a major retrospective exhibition of Barbara Hepworth's work at Tate Britain, which I found fairly disappointing and felt it did not do justice to the great sculptor. Luckily, there are two museum/art gallery in the U.K. dedicated to [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Travel, Art, Britain, Contemporary, British art, Sculptures and was tagged with British art, sculptures, Hepworth Wakefield, Barbara Hepworth, Howard Hodgkin, comtemporary architecture, David Chipperfield, West Yorkshire


Serpentine Pavilion & Grayson Perry's exhibition 2017

Posted on July 9, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
 
This year's Serpentine pavilion is designed by Diébédo Francis Kéré, the Berlin-based African architect from Gando, Burkina Faso.
Inspired by the tree that serves as a central meeting point for life in his home town of Gando, Francis Kéré's design aims to connect its visitors to nature – and each other. The [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Architecture, Art, Design, Contemporary, British art and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, serpentine pavilion, British art, contemporary architecture, Grayson Perry


V & A's new Exhibition Road Quarter & Reveal Festival

Posted on July 6, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
On the last day of V & A's Reveal Festival, I visited the museum hoping to see some performances, yet I saw a transformed new quarter which took me by surprise.
The £54.5 million project was designed by Stirling Prize-winning British architect Amanda Levete and her firm AL_A, providing an extra 6,400 square metres [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Dance, Art, Contemporary and was tagged with London, dance, contemporary art, contemporary architecture, V & A Msueum


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


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