Architectural conservation

Colonial architecture and churches in Kochi

Posted on March 23, 2020 by Toothpicker

St Francis Church
 
I love architecture and I am particularly fascinated by colonial style architecture. In Fort Kochi, you are likely to encounter numerous built in Dutch and Portuguese styles, including many beautiful Portuguese churches and cathedral.
Heritage hotels
I chose to spend the first night at a mid-range 3-star heritage hotel by the Chinese [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Architectural conservation, Modernist & Art Deco, India, Colonial architecture, Kerala and was tagged with Colonial architecture, Architectural conservation, modernist architecture, walking, India, Fort Kochi, Kerala, Kochi, churches


London's new street food halls & markets

Posted on January 25, 2020 by Toothpicker

Flat Iron Square in Southwark
 
Once upon a time, visitors to London used to tell me that London rarely changes, especially when you compare to cities in Asia. Well, you can't really compare London to cities like Beijing or Shanghai, but as a Londoner, I feel that London has changed immensely over the [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Architecture, Markets, Architectural conservation and was tagged with London, Food & dining, architecture, Architectural conservation, Food markets, street food, street food markets


"Floating worlds: Japanese woodcuts" exhibition at Brighton Museum

Posted on January 13, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
I have visited exhibitions on Ukiyo-e (Japanese Woodblock prints) in Japan, France and London before, but never in Brighton. After reading some positive reviews on the "Floating Worlds: Japanese Woodcuts" exhibition at the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, I decided to head to Brighton to see the exhibition before it ended.
Oddly enough [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, Japanese art, British heritage, woodblock printing, Britain and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, architecture, museums, Japanese art, Brighton, woodblock printing, ukiyo-e, Brighton Museum and art gallery


Historic Colchester - the former capital of Roman Britain

Posted on October 6, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Although Colchester is only 50 miles from London, I have never visited this historic market town before. Regarded as Britain's oldest recorded town, it used to be the capital of Roman Britain, but it does not seem to attract as many visitors as Cambridge and Oxford. After visiting The Beth Chatto Gardens [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Art, Architectural conservation, British heritage, Archaeology, Britain and was tagged with architecture, museums, heritage, British art, Architectural conservation, Colchester, archaeology


William Morris' Red House in Bexleyheath

Posted on August 25, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Architecture in Bexleyheath
 
Although I live in London, there are still many areas of the city that I am unfamiliar with or have never been to. I have long wanted to visit William Morris' former residence Red House in Bexleyheath, but somehow never got round to it. Since August is a quiet [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British design, Nature, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Gardens & parks, Architectural conservation, Designers & artists, Design, British art, British heritage and was tagged with London, architecture, nature, gardens, British design, heritage, William Morris, Architectural conservation, arts & crafts movements, Red House


Kevin Cheung's design studio visit at Blue House, Hong Kong

Posted on June 5, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
I have been writing a lot about Hong Kong's heritage lately, and coincidentally when I contacted Kevin Cheung, a local upcycling designer, he invited me to meet him at his home studio, which is also located inside a heritage building: the Grade I listed Blue House in Wan Chai.
The Blue House Cluster [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Architecture, Eco designs, Eco living & sustainability, Social issues, Hong Kong design, Architectural conservation, Designers & artists, Design, sustainability, upcycled design, Colonial architecture and was tagged with eco living, Hong Kong design, Colonial architecture, Architectural conservation, Kevin Cheung, Blue House, tong lau, upcycled design, eco


HK heritage: "Once lost but now found" exhibition at Oi!

Posted on June 2, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
In the middle of a busy commercial and residential district in North Point, a Grade II historic colonial-style building surrounded by highrise looks rather out of place here. Built in 1908, this heritage building was the clubhouse of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club located on Victoria Harbour’s foreshore. But the reclamation [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Exhibitions, Architecture, Travel, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Architectural conservation, Typography, Hong Kong art, Colonial architecture and was tagged with Hong Kong, art and design exhibitions, architecture, Colonial architecture, heritage, Architectural conservation, typography, Hong Kong art, art, Oi!, street signs


Hong Kong heritage: The Hong Kong Railway Museum

Posted on June 1, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
After my visit to the Green Hub, I walked downhill and headed towards The Hong Kong Railway Museum located about 10 minutes away. This is a small but very pleasant free open-air museum that is likely to attract railway fans and families with children.
Located at the old Tai Po Market railway station [...]

This post was posted in London, Hong Kong, Architecture, Architectural conservation, Transport and was tagged with Hong Kong, architecture, museums, heritage, Architectural conservation, trains, Tai Po, The Hong Kong Railway Museum


Hong Kong heritage: old Tai Po Police station/ Green Hub

Posted on May 30, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Even though Hong Kong is a small city, there are many hidden gems that are off the beaten track, and Green Hub is one of them. I only discovered this place via google map while I was in Tai Po after a visit to the Tsz Shan Monastery. Originally I was simply [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Food & dining, Architecture, Nature, Eco living & sustainability, Architectural conservation, Colonial architecture and was tagged with Hong Kong, Food & dining, architecture, nature, eco living, Colonial architecture, heritage, Architectural conservation, sustainability, Green Hub, Tai Po


The Mills (Part 2): Art, design & retail

Posted on May 28, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
One of The Mill's main attractions is CHAT (Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile) – a space dedicated to the past, current, and future of Hong Kong and Asia’s textile industry.
Welcome to the Spinning Factory! is the inaugural exhibition designed by Turner Prize winning U.K. architect collective Assemble and UK/HK design firm [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Hong Kong, Exhibitions, Architecture, Shopping, Art, Contemporary craft, Hong Kong design, Architectural conservation, Design, Asian art, books, Textiles, upcycled design and was tagged with Coffee, Hong Kong, art and design exhibitions, architecture, shopping, Hong Kong design, heritage, contemporary crafts, Architectural conservation, Asian art, bookshops, textiles


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