Contemporary

Yokosuka Museum of art

Posted on June 17, 2015 by Toothpicker

Yokosuka museum of art
 
Due to unforeseen circumstances, my original itinerary in Japan was altered at the last minute, and I had to go alone without my travel companion and cancelled all the pre-booked accommodations.
Fortunately, I managed to rebook my entire trip one day before my departure; and a few days [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Architecture, Travel, Art, Anything Japanese, Design, Japanese art, Contemporary and was tagged with contemporary architecture, yokosuka museum of art, Japanese architecture


Musashino Place: The ideal library

Posted on May 27, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
While I was in Tokyo, I met up with the Japanese architect/ director behind a brand that we will be launching soon. I mentioned to him that I would be visiting the Edo-Tokyo open air architectural museum, and he recommended a visit to the nearby Musashino Place in Musashino City.
Designed by kw [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Tokyo, Architecture, Travel, Anything Japanese, Read & write, Design, Contemporary and was tagged with Tokyo, contemporary architecture, library, Musashino Place, Japanese architecture


Tokyo's Contemporary Architecture

Posted on May 24, 2015 by Toothpicker

21_21 Design Sight in Tokyo Midtown by Tadao Ando
 
It is not hard to understand why architecture enthusiasts love Tokyo. The metropolis showcases myriad of alluring post-war architecture, and it would be a shame not to check out some of the city's most original and conspicuous designs by internatioanlly renowned architects.
In the next [...]

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


36 hours in Manchester

Posted on December 4, 2014 by Toothpicker

The historical Castlefield is a conservation area
 
Whenever independent travelers arrive in an unfamiliar city, the first hurdle that they have to overcome is the initial disorientation stage. Although Manchester is much smaller than London in size, it was still a bit daunting arriving at a station full of busy commuters. Luckily, I [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Art, Britain, Contemporary and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, shopping, Manchester, contemporary architecture


Foyles & the comeback of bookstores

Posted on November 29, 2014 by Toothpicker

Living in this fast-paced world today, is there even time for nostalgia? Changes are inevitable in big cities, but not all changes are necessarily positive. In Hong Kong, I often complain to my local friends that 90% of the lovely spots that I discovered the year before are likely to disappear within [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Shopping, Shopping guide, Read & write, Contemporary, books and was tagged with books, Shopping guide, contemporary architecture, Foyles, bookshops


Open House London 2014

Posted on October 26, 2014 by Toothpicker

A 'belate' entry on the Open House event last month...
I didn't have time to do much research before Open House weekend this year, and so I missed most of the pre-booked tours. And due to the London design festival (not sure why are these events all crammed within the same week), I [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Modernist & Art Deco, Contemporary and was tagged with London, open house, contemporary architecture, modernist architecture


Serpentine gallery pavilion 2014

Posted on October 12, 2014 by Toothpicker

The Serpentine Pavilion 2014 by Smiljan Radić
 
I have a backlog of blog entries and this is one of them as I want to publish it before the pavilion gets dismantled after next week ( and apology for the rather dark photographs).
 
It took me a while to visit the new Serpentine gallery pavilion [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Design, Contemporary and was tagged with London, serpentine pavilion, contemporary architecture


Contemporary architecture in Paris

Posted on September 14, 2014 by Toothpicker

Institut du Monde Arabe
 
If you were asked to think of contemporary architecture in Paris, what buildings would pop up in your head? La Defense? Pompidou Centre? Louvre's Pyramid? Unlike London, contemporary architecture is not as visible, but they are there, slightly hidden in various parts of Paris. And the architect who contributed [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Paris, Design, French design, Contemporary and was tagged with paris, French design, Jean Nouvel, contemporary architecture


Daniel Libeskind in London

Posted on July 23, 2014 by Toothpicker

London Metropolitan University Graduate Centre on Holloway Road 
 
Polish architect Daniel Libeskind was in London during London's festival of architecture, though he was not here for the festival, instead he was here to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his London Metropolitan University Graduate Centre on Holloway Road.
I have never been inside this building [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Talks, Contemporary and was tagged with London, talks, contemporary architecture


Singapore's Gardens by the Bay

Posted on May 3, 2014 by Toothpicker

A futuristic-looking garden by Marina Bay
 
When I first saw the photos of Gardens by the Bay a few years ago, I was very impressed by the futuristic architecture and concept. Built on reclaimed land spanning 101 hectares, the tropical gardens are designed by British architects Wilkinson Eyre and landscape architects Grant [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Nature, Gardens & parks, Singapore, Singapore design, Contemporary and was tagged with nature, gardens, Singapore, contemporary architecture


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