Category Archives: Architecture

RIP Charles Jencks

The architect Charles Jencks has died. I first came across him via a book: The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, which fascinated me. As the book’s blurb said, it was A unique and compelling narrative of one of the most important … Continue reading

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Going Up In The World

Observation Towers have a long history. One has just been officially opened in a nature reserve nearby. It gives views over the Vennebulten woods and the Zwarte Veen fields. I went along yesterday to take a look. I willingly concede … Continue reading

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The Book Mountain

After that last post, I needed something to give me hope. Perhaps the news of the opening of the Book Mountain and Library quarter in Spijkenisse, here in the Netherlands, is something to restore my spirits.

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Suffer From Vertigo?

Here’s a video taken by someone who works on radio transmission towers. You have to have a head for heights for that job. At one point, the commentator says: “there’s no quick way down”. Well, there is, but it would … Continue reading

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A Day Out

Yesterday I left Martin in charge of the dogs while I travelled to Rotterdam for a day out with a couple of old colleagues. I arrived at midday, and the original plan was to stroll from Central Station down to … Continue reading

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I Have to Smile

The architecture of the new Inntel Hotel in Zandaam deserves nothing less. It’s the best form of kitsch.   http://rnw.bbvms.com/rnw/swf/rnwPlayer.swf?c=http://rnw.bbvms.com/mediaclip/1078259.xml&dp=http://mm.rnw.bbvms.com&server=http://rnw.bbvms.com&e=1 

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The Bavinger House – Now In Glorious Technicolor!

A while back, I mentioned the impression that Bruce Goff’s Bavinger House had made upon me at the tender age of 12. As I said at the time, I saw pictures of it in a book borrowed from the Public … Continue reading

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The British Museum

I visited the British Museum last Sunday. It was the first time that I had seen the remodelled Courtyard. Very impressive. I took lots of shots, and here is the resulting Photosynth.   (tip: when viewing the Photosynth, switch to … Continue reading

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Foreclosure on the Shire

I first reported on The Shire – a Tolkien-themed housing development in Oregon almost two years ago. I see that good taste has prevailed, and that foreclosure proceedings against the developer are being brought. While I do feel somewhat sorry … Continue reading

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Wind-powered Skyscrapers

Architect David Fisher has come up with the idea of skyscrapers where each floor can rotate independently, driven by wind turbines. Intriguing, although I assume that the kitchen and bathroom units will hug the central, static, core of the building. … Continue reading

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Nothing Can Go Wrong…

Geoff Manaugh, over at BLDGBLOG, has an intriguing entry on RoboVault, a robotic storage facility in Florida. It’s also worth visiting RoboVault’s actual web site, if only to hear the corny voiceover extolling the virtues of the facility. Mind you, … Continue reading

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Hotel Skeletons

Over at BLDGBLOG, a very Ballardian post – drained swimming pools and all. Very spooky, possums.

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Bruce Goff

When I was about 12 years old, I came across a book in the public library that had a few pictures of the strangest house I had ever seen. It was the Bavinger House, designed by Bruce Goff in 1950 … Continue reading

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Gaudí’s Glory

Jonathan Jones has a good piece on the life and work of Anton Gaudí in today’s Guardian. Barcelona is my favourite city in part because of Gaudí’s glorious architecture. If you ever get the chance to visit Casa Batlló, jump … Continue reading

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The Broken Column House

Pruned has an intriguing entry about the architectural follies in the Désert de Retz. Money and decadence, how often they seem to combine in our species…

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Luscious Libraries

This verges on book pornography for me. I long to be present in these libraries. The only ones that I’ve managed to visit are the Boston and UC Berkley libraries. I see that the Netherlands has a couple of candidates … Continue reading

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Drains

Geoff Manaugh, over at BLDGBLOG, has an interview with Michael Cook about drains illustrated with some spectacular photographs. Do go and read it and enjoy the view. 

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Wine Bottle Grotto

Now, there’s an idea for our empties… Considering we generally polish off a bottle a day, it should take us less than fourteen years to complete it, assuming we don’t die of liver cirrhosis beforehand… 

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Grow Old Along With Me…

It’s fifteen months now since we moved into the farmhouse that is now our home. The farmhouse has always been known locally as "De Witte Wand" – the White Wall. This struck us as a bit odd, since there is … Continue reading

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Homes of the Rich

Geoff Manaugh, over at BLDGBLOG, ruminates on examples of the homes that extremely wealthy people create for themselves. I find it difficult to avoid becoming judgemental when I see examples such as these.

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