Tag Archives: Architectural conservation

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


Open House London 2015

Posted on September 24, 2015 by Toothpicker

Over the years, I have witnessed how Open House London evolved from a relatively low-key architecture event to a major and extremely popular one. Although it is encouraging to see the public's growing interests in architecture, it is also frustrating because advanced bookings are filled up quickly and long queues are common [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Architectural conservation, Design, Modernist & Art Deco and was tagged with London, architecture, open house, British design, art deco architecture, Architectural conservation, modernist architecture, social housing


The Crossness Pumping Station

Posted on September 15, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
I love historical places and architecture that offer insights into the past. In London, there are never shortages of heritage buildings with significant importance; in fact, there are so many that we often forget their existence until the annual Open House weekend!
I enjoy visiting hidden gems all year round, hence when [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Architectural conservation, Design, British heritage and was tagged with London, British design, heritage, Architectural conservation


Hampstead's Modernist gem: Isokon gallery

Posted on September 8, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
Earlier in the year I wrote an entry on Hampstead's Modernist architecture, and I mentioned the Isokon gallery which opens only in the weekends from March until October.
I finally made another visit to this Grade I listed iconic building on a sunny and warm day (notice the contrast of the photos taken [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Architecture, British designs, Architectural conservation, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Modernist design and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, British design, Architectural conservation, modernist architecture, Hampstead


Tokyo's surviving & endangered Modernist architecture

Posted on June 13, 2015 by Toothpicker

 Jiyu Gakuen Myonichikan
 
Japan is a country that deeply respects its traditions and heritage. Architectural conservations efforts by the authority could be seen at the Edo Tokyo open air architectural museum (read my previous entry). Yet is it too little, too late? In fact, due to rapid growth and urbanisation of Tokyo [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Architecture, Travel, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, Design, Modernist & Art Deco and was tagged with Tokyo, Architectural conservation, Brutalism, modernist architecture, Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Japanese architecture


Edo-Tokyo open air architectural museum

Posted on June 5, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
No matter how many times I have visited Tokyo, there would always be interesting sights or attractions that I have yet to visit. And on this trip, I visited the Edo-Tokyo open air architectural museum in the western suburbs of Tokyo for the first time. Situated close to the Ghibli Museum [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Architecture, Travel, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, Design and was tagged with Tokyo, Architectural conservation, Japanese architecture


PMQ - Hong Kong's creative hub

Posted on May 6, 2015 by Toothpicker

PMQ's Staunton Street entrance
 
Back in 2010, I visited the disused Grade 3 listed former Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters, which was temporarily transformed into an arts and design hub by deTour (part of The Business of design week). Built in 1951 as housing or dormitory for Chinese rank and file police officers [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Exhibitions, Architecture, Shopping, Travel, Art, Hong Kong design, Architectural conservation, Design and was tagged with Hong Kong, shopping, Hong Kong design, Architectural conservation


Hampshire's heritage railway line

Posted on August 18, 2014 by Toothpicker

No, I am not a trainspotter! Sadly, I don't have the knowledgeable nor am I geeky enough to be one. However, I have always loved trains, especially the heritage ones and whenever possible, I would choose trains over planes as a mode of transport. I think it is a shame that many [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Britain, Architectural conservation, Transport, British heritage and was tagged with British design, heritage, Architectural conservation, Hampshire, trains


The debate of 27 Lugard Road in Hong Kong

Posted on May 11, 2014 by Toothpicker

The rooftop with possibly the best view of Hong Kong?
 
Since last year, there has been much debate regarding the future of the century-old historic house at 27 Lugard Road up on the Peak of Hong Kong. It all started when Hong Kong's Town Planning Board approved the conversion of this Grade II [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Architecture, Travel, Architectural conservation and was tagged with Hong Kong, Colonial architecture, Architectural conservation


Sights, colours & tastes of Sinagpore's Chinatown

Posted on May 9, 2014 by Toothpicker

 A view of the city of Ann Siang Hill Park
 
When I visit urban cities, aside from the price, the location of the accommodation is a crucial factor for my decision-making. In Singapore, reasonably-priced accommodations are hard to find, even on Airbnb, options are limited and uninspiring. After some extensive search, I chose [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Architecture, Photography, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Singapore, Architectural conservation, Street life and was tagged with shopping, Colonial architecture, Shopping guide, Singapore, Architectural conservation, Food & dining, street life


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