Architecture

My London Journey | The New Emblem of London

IMG_3290_1If you ask me to pick only one favorite modern building from the beautiful London maybe I would say the Shard! The pyramidal glass tower is currently the tallest building in the European Union. The 87-storey mixed use skyscraper, complete with offices, apartments, a hotel and spa, retail areas, restaurants and a public viewing gallery was designed by the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano and replaced Southwark Towers, a 24-storey office block built in 1975. Standing approximately 309 metres high, the Shard is currently the third most expensive skyscraper in the world.

In 2014 the Shard has been awarded Emporis Skyscraper Award. The jury praised the Shard’s “unique glass fragment-shaped form and its sophisticated architectural implementation”, resulting in “a skyscraper that is recognized immediately and which is already considered London’s new emblem.”
Read more about the building here: archdailyIMG_0711_1Photographs are taken by me.

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Favorite Brands | Ecru

ecru.jpgI saw this Kuwait-based brand on Instagram and since then I am a huge fan of it! Their products are not only beautiful and functional, but quite different (in a good way) from what we have seen on the Middle East’s market. A perfect mix of modern and tradition.
Hand carved and color lacquered pineapple bowlBrass molded palm candle holder dipped in silver.Glass carafe with a silver tipped wooden stopper.Round lamp with Fish Scale shaped openings that illuminate the room in a special way.Marble star which can be used as a soap plate or a candle base.Gem LightEmbroidered mini Hand pins that can be pinned to your clothes, bag, or baby’s crib.Pink Pomegranate print on beige casement table cloth. (Skillfully hand block printed)

You can visit their official website – ecruonline
Check out their blog – ecruonline.com
or follow them on Istagram – ecruonline

All photographs – ecruonline.com


My London Journey | W Hotel

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Architects: Jestico + Whiles
Location: Leicester Square, London, England
Photography: thealzblog
(The photographs are taken with my phone that’s why quality is not good.)IMG_0173
“The façade of the hotel has been wrapped in a second skin of frameless glazing, which is suspended from the face of the building like a floating sheer veil and etched with an undulating, abstract pattern, reminiscent of the folds in a theatre curtain and evoking the cinematic legacy of the locale.
Jestico + Whiles’ design allows for the façade of the building to function like a vast pixellated screen capable of projecting dynamic light installations during the hours of darkness. This striking visual effect is achieved by a sophisticated ceramic frit applied to the optically corrected glass of building’s outer skin, allowing it to ‘hold’ and project the light, without obstructing views outwards from the guestroom windows.”

For more information and HQ pictures please visit archdaily.com.


Inspirations of the Week

Niños Conarte by AnagramaThe space between the void cabinet by Sebastian ErrazurizBBVA Compass Stadium by Populous (Photo: Geoffrey Lyons)Firmship Headquaters by Moooi (Photo: Matthijs van Roon)Winery Longen Schlöder by Matteo Thun & Partners 
(photo: Courtesy of Matteo Thun & Partners)Quarry Garden in Shanghai Botanical Garden “No brand is your friend!” by Stuff No One Told MeCentral London Flat by VW+BS (photo: Michael Franke)And a nice quote for the end of the post 😉
“If you think education is expensive, wait until you see how much stupidity costs.” 


Explore Sofia | St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

3St. Alexander Nevsky is the symbol of Sofia and primary tourist attraction. The temple was built in honor of the Russian Emperor Alexander the 2nd, also known as the Tsar – Liberator, whose army liberated Bulgaria of the five-century long Ottoman Dominion in 1878.IMG_6305IMG_6299IMG_6311The bell tower is 53 meters high and has 12 bells, the heaviest of them weighing 12 tons, and the smallest one – 10 kg. Their ringing can be heard from a radius of 15 kilometers. IMG_63392St. Alexander Nevsky occupies an area of 3,170 square metres (34,100 sq ft) and can accommodate up to 5,000 people. It is the second-largest cathedral located on the Balkan Peninsula, after the Cathedral of Saint Sava in Belgrade.IMG_6300IMG_6306 The entrance doors of the temple were made of Slavonia oak.IMG_6334IMG_6317IMG_6316IMG_6314IMG_6333IMG_6332IMG_6329 Beautiful chandeliers at the entrance. IMG_6331IMG_6319This picture is taken inside the Cathedral.IMG_6324Oh, I love to take pictures of the ground. IMG_6308 IMG_6397The domes of the temple are covered with gold and attract attention from miles away. 
1IMG_6349The temple interior is unique – it impresses with its magnificent marble decorations, with its mural paintings and 82 icons, made by Bulgarian, Russian and Czech artists. (photos: BulgariaTravel)Information: Wikipedia and BulgariaTravel
Photographs are by me.


Favorite Architects | HYLA Architects

www.hyla.com.sg
Photographs and Information: HYLA Architects’ Facebook Page

65 Greenfield Drive, Singapore
“The house faces a central public park but the afternoon sun also comes in at an angle. To screen of this sun, an intricate timber screen is used. This screen is motorized and it can be moved to track the sun or provide a clear view. Inside, there is a central stairs in timber and wrapped with another screen around its perimeter.”28 Faber Avenue, Singapore
“A semi-detached house with a simple yet dramatic approach to space and light. This two and a half house features a double volume entrance foyer with a water feature and a light filled staircase atrium leading up to the attic. The facade is composed of vertical aluminum screens which allows light and ventilation but offers privacy and security at the same time.”19 Jalan Angin Laut, Singapore
Read ArchDaily‘s article about this building.
2 Crescent Road, Singapore
“At the 2nd storey, a series of retractable external roller blinds provide shade and privacy to the bedrooms and Family room from the high-rise condominiums directly opposite. At the same time, it makes a lovely private, external and well lit space that focuses the view towards the park along Crescent Road.
The 1st storey has an open concept with the Living, Dining and dry kitchen along a very simple rectilinear plan. All the glass sliding doors enclosing this space slide out of view. The Master bedroom is at the attic, and has a generous outdoor deck facing the park.”


Inspirations of the Week

Today I bring you some inspiring things I saw on the Internet this week. 😉

Nightvision by Luke Shepard
… a celebration of the brilliance and diversity of architecture found across Europe.
“Over the course of three months I journeyed with a friend through 36 cities in 21 countries with the ambition of capturing some of the greatest European structures in a new and unique way.”

Omni Bag by Ku Me KoDiamond House in Singapore by Formwerkz Architects (photo via dezeen) Green Bus?! Why not.A Motivational Quote via society6

Hunting Lodge by BASARCH (Photo: Lukáš Pelech)Super Cute Coffee Cups by Blue Witch

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Is there anything you found on the Internet that grabbed your attention this week? We would love to see it. Share it with us by leaving a comment below or send it to me on my e-mail. Have a great weekend!


Posts about Bulgaria

Below you’ll find links to all the posts I’ve written about Bulgaria so far. 😉

Church of St. GeorgeThe Rila Monastery St.Ivan of Rila
Boyana Church (photo: Todor Bozhinov)
The Glozhene Monastery (photo: Klearchos Kapoutsis)
Ivan Vazov National TheatrePlovdiv (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)Bulgarian Revival Architecture (photo: TwoWings)KaloferLovechBurgasBulgarian Projects (Red Apple Apartment Building, Graffiti Café, |CON|temporary Library Installation, Forget Your Past) Photo: Courtesy of Aedes StudioI/O Architects


Explore Sofia | Church of St. George

The Church of St. George is considered the oldest building in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. It was built in the beginning of the 4th century AD during the reign of the roman emperor Constantine the Great.IMG_6555IMG_6724The temple is situated in the courtyard of the Government Office and Sheraton Hotel.IMG_6725IMG_6730(I had to take picture of this beautiful door!)IMG_6731IMG_6727It is a cylindrical domed structure, built on a square base. Its width is about 9.5 meters in diameter and its height is about 14 meters.IMG_6531 Old versus new.IMG_6545 IMG_6544Originally the building was used for public purposes. After the recognition of Christianity as a religion in the Roman Empire, the rotunda became a baptistery (a building for conversion to Christianity), due to the many conversions, following the authorization of this religion.IMG_6542IMG_6551At the time of Emperor Justinian the Great (reigned 527 – 565) the Rotunda was transformed into a church. The first wall painting was made in the same period.IMG_6553IMG_6546During the Ottoman rule the Rotunda St. George was transformed into a mosque. The Christian paintings on the walls were obliterated with white plaster and in their place were painted floral motifs. IMG_6537IMG_6534(I found this piece on the ground.)IMG_6557The main entranceIMG_6556After the liberation of Bulgaria in 1878 the Rotunda was deserted, and after the death of Prince Alexander Battenberg it was transformed into a mausoleum.IMG_6560 IMG_6559Information: wikipedia and bulgariatravel
Photographs are by me.


Explore Sofia | Ivan Vazov National Theatre

IMG_6516-2Hey everyone! Explore Sofia is a new topic on my blog. I’ve decided that it’s high time to write about Sofia, after all it’s my hometown. So, I grabbed my small not professional Canon and went for a long walk along Sofia’s streets. I took plenty of pictures, which means there will be many articles. 😉
I hope that you will welcome the idea!
IMG_6753IMG_6756 Named after the prominent Bulgarian poet, novelist and playwright Ivan Vazov, the National Theatre is the oldest and most authoritative theatre in the country and one of the major landmarks of Sofia as well.IMG_6469 IMG_6468The theatre’s Neoclassical building was designed by famous Austrian architects Hermann Helmer and Ferdinand Fellner and built in 1906. Beside Ivan Vazov Theatre, Helmer and Fellner together designed over 200 buildings, mainly theatres and apartment buildings across Europe in the late 19th century and early 20th century.
IMG_6489IMG_6505IMG_6503The large pediment, supported on six white marble columns, depicts Apollo and the Muses. The twin towers on either side of the building are crowned with sculptures of the goddess Nike in a chariot.IMG_6466 IMG_6464The Ivan Vazov National Theatre has a well-equipped main stage with 750 seats, a smaller 120-seat stage and an additional 70-seat one on the fourth floor. It employes some of the country’s best actors and stage directors and performs Bulgarian as well as international plays.IMG_6499IMG_6497An old photograph of the theatre.The fountain and its reflecting pool were built in 1976, and have recently been restored. If the weather is good, the area in front of the theatre is full of people of any ages and men playing chess. IMG_6743IMG_6750IMG_6751

links: wikipediasofia-guidevisitbulgaria