Posts tagged ‘Architecture’

April 12, 2015

Indian Summers Addiction

Indian-Summers 1

There a few ingredients on TV that rock my boat: period drama, excellent fashion and style, architecture and politics. Mix all of these ingredients together and the outcome is INDIAN SUMMERS on Channel 4.

From the opening scenes of a sprawling villa in the Indian hills with indulgent hanging flowers and vines, you could almost inhale the heat and fragrance from the screen. After making me sickeningly envious of this property, we are slowing introduced to the characters who will keep us company at 9pm on Sunday evenings. 

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August 27, 2014

Cafe Below

cafe below london

God, I love living in London.

Where else can you eat lunch in a crypt made by Sir Christopher Wren? Cafe Below is an exquisite cafe under St Mary-Le-Bow Church on Cheapside. A hop and a skip away from Bank tube station.

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September 29, 2013

Stirling Prize for Architecture 2013

Astley Castle dining room

Wow, what an amazing renovation to a crumbling old castle that was once home to no less than three queens!!

Astley Castle won this year’s most coveted award in architecture, the Stirling Prize.  The castle in Warwickshire was renovated by Witherford Watson Mann architects at a cost of £2.5 million.  The architects married amazing contemporary features with the original 800 year old stone work

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September 8, 2013

London From The Shard

the shard london
So! I went up The Shard and what a fab view (surprise surprise). It was my friend’s birthday and she wanted to do something special/touristy and so 8 of us trekked over to London Bridge tube to see The Shard.
I have always wanted to go ever since

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March 10, 2013

Those Celebrities!

Maria Sharapova bill board

A rather intriguing celebrity endorsement that I have become aware of is the Maria Sharapova Tower in Gurgaon, an industrial mega-city outside Delhi.  Celebrities just aren’t governed by the same rules as the rest of us.  A tennis player can become an interior designer, pop stars can moonlight as fashion designers and perhaps one day we can call on celebrities to read out wills or perform surgery.  If you’re famous you don’t seem to need any formal qualifications or experience.

Would you live in a high rise apartment bock that had been endorsed by a celebrity you admired?

The website for this property company seems to have been spoofed or it’s just shockingly bad:

” Good news for all those enthralling and diehard fans of MARIA SHARAPOVA

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January 10, 2013

A Chinese Puzzle

Hallstatt

An article in The Guardian reported the growing trend of China copying Western architecture on a grand scale.  I’m a fashion designer and I am miffed if people copy my designs so I can only imagine what some of the world’s most talented architects think of their designs being copied.  Fashions go in or out, however, buildings can last for hundreds of years.

What is China’s reasoning?  Some of the understandable accusations against the Chinese are

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November 12, 2012

The Soul in the Space

One of India’s most respected and coveted couturiers, JJ Valaya is also set to dominate Indian fine art photography.  The Soul in the Space (A Journey of Architectural Influences) is now open to the public at gallery Nature Morte in Delhi.  JJ Valaya captures abstract architectural images from

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September 20, 2012

Take A Peek

This weekend, it is the wonderful Open House London event!  Every year hundreds of buildings open their doors, for free, to the public so we can wander around and appreciate the design and architecture of the London skyline.  Whether you’re fond of new or heritage architecture there is something for everyone.

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July 6, 2012

London’s Growing

A stunning contemporary new addition to the London skyline is The Shard.  Unveiled at a pompous ceremony last night but hard to miss since it is just over1,000 ft tall it was London’s worst kept secret.  The Shard is officially

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May 18, 2012

Princess and The Pea

A distinguished and respected New York designer, Mario Buatta is famous for his romantic bedroom interiors.  Contrary to other designers who believe the heart of a house is in the kitchen or livingroom Mario believes the heart of a house is in the bedroom.

Mario advises

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May 14, 2012

Olympic Tangle

The ArcelorMittal Orbit opened last week as the newest addition to the London skyline and caused much debate.   Publicly funded, the structure was designed by artist Anish Kapoor and it offers a panoramic views from the top for an entry fee of £15.

Criticisms have been compared to

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April 26, 2012

Home v History

On the outskirts of South Delhi close to where my apartment is, there is a 700-year-old historic ruin of the Tughlaqabad fort.

With walls that are ten metres thick and about four miles in length this majestic crumbling ruin has just won a court ruling for its preservation.  This is good news but the human cost of this ruling means that over 50,000 people encroaching the site with have to be forcibly relocated.

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January 31, 2012

Architecture Anoraks

Down at the botton of my road in Hampstead is one of the National Trust’s modernist properties built in 1939 by architect Erno Goldfinger at 2 Willow Road (amazing surname!).  There is always a tour group hanging around it but if it wasn’t for the sandwich board pointing it out you’d walk straight past.

The National Trust is opening the doors (from March) of another

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August 9, 2011

More Than A Building

Last night Channel 4 broadcast, The Secret Life of Buildings, on the impacts of buildings on our work, education, relationships and well being.

 

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