Tag Archives: contemporary architecture

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 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


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


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


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


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 Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris

Posted on October 19, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
 
Opened in October 2014, the Fondation Louis Vuitton was designed by star architect Frank Gehry in the Bois de Boulogne adjacent to Jardin d’Acclimatation.
Commissioned by Bernard Arnault, the Chairman of LVMH, the $143 million sails-inspired glass building is a contemporary art museum consisted of 11 galleries, an auditorium, a restaurant, a bookstore [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Travel, Nature, Paris, Art, Gardens & parks, Contemporary and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, nature, paris, parks, contemporary art, contemporary architecture, Louis Vuitton Fondation, Frank Gehry


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