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


The Mackintosh trail in Glasgow

Posted on August 2, 2015 by Toothpicker

Mackintosh architecture exhibition at RIBA London

 
Back in May I visited the Mackintosh architecture exhibition at the RIBA, which coincided with my Glasgow trip a month later. I have long wanted to visit Glasgow and buildings designed by the renowned Scottish architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh (I am gutted that [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, British designs, Travel, Architectural conservation, Design, Glasgow, British heritage and was tagged with architecture, British design, Glasgow, Charles Rennie Mackintosh


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


Charles Holden goes west

Posted on August 10, 2014 by Toothpicker

Sudbury Town understand station
 
Last year, I attended an architectural walk organised by London transport museum to explore English architect, Charles Holden's iconic art deco underground stations (click here to read the blog entry) on the north east end of the Piccadilly Line. This year, I attended another walk (which was also [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Hiking & walking, Architectural conservation, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Transport, British heritage and was tagged with London, walks, British design, heritage, London transport museum, Charles Holden, art deco architecture


Help save Smithfield market!

Posted on July 4, 2014 by Toothpicker

The beautiful interior of Smithfield general market
 
I never intended to use this blog to advocate for a cause or an issue, but the more I write, the more I realised that there are many issues that matter to me (and to many others) and I simply cannot ignore them. I feel [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Social issues, Architectural conservation, British heritage and was tagged with London, heritage, Smithfield market


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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