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. 

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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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