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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


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


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


Modernist architecture in Reykjavik

Posted on February 8, 2016 by Toothpicker

 

Háteigskirkja Church
 
Reykjavik has a vast array of modern architecture, and the Nordic design style is discernible. Walking is the ideal way to explore the city's architecture, and I was grateful to have brought my warm snow boots.
 
Churches
The designs of the Icelandic churches are intriguing, and I wished that I had more [...]

This post was posted in Uncategorized, Architecture, Travel, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Modernist design, Iceland, Reykjavijk, Icelandic design and was tagged with art deco architecture, modernist architecture, Iceland, Reykjavik, Icelandic design


Guðjón Samúelsson's Modernist architecture in Reykjavik

Posted on February 4, 2016 by Toothpicker

Hallgrímskirkja church in the centre of Reykjavik
 
If you visit Reykjavik, then it is impossible to miss its prominent landmark church - Hallgrímskirkja. At 73 metres (244 ft), it is the largest church in Iceland and the sixth tallest architectural structure in Iceland. Designed in 1937 by Guðjón Samúelsson (1887 – 1950), the State [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Modernist & Art Deco, Modernist design, Iceland, Reykjavijk, Icelandic design and was tagged with art deco architecture, modernist architecture, Iceland, Reykjavik, Guðjón Samúelsson, Icelandic design


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


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


Lisbon's Brutalist architecture

Posted on March 2, 2015 by Toothpicker

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

 
In recent years, Brutalist architecture has made an unexpected comeback. Eyesore or masterpieces? It is all relatively subjective. In Lisbon, there are some fine examples that are worth exploring if you are interested in this type of architecture:

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation - The foundation is a vast complex that houses Museu [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Lisbon, Portuguese design and was tagged with Brutalism, modernist architecture, Portugal, Lisbon


Modernist architecture in Hampstead

Posted on January 6, 2015 by Toothpicker

Isokon building/ Lawn Road Flats in Belsize Park
 
A lot of Londoners and foreigners love Hampstead for its history and villagey ambience, and the heath is considered a refuge for wildlife and nature in London. This area has always been a magnet for the rich and famous, as well as the artistic and [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Design, Modernist & Art Deco and was tagged with London, British design, modernist architecture, Hampstead, social housing


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