If 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: archdailyPhotographs are taken by me.
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.”
St. 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.The 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. St. 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. The entrance doors of the temple were made of Slavonia oak. Beautiful chandeliers at the entrance. This picture is taken inside the Cathedral.Oh, I love to take pictures of the ground. The domes of the temple are covered with gold and attract attention from miles away.
The 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.
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.”
Hey 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!
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. The 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.
The 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. The 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.An 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.
When Singapore gained its independence from Britain in 1965, it was a poverty-stricken undeveloped country with few natural resources. Today, this island country has one of the world’s fastest growing economies. According to the Corruption Perceptions Index, Singapore is consistently ranked as one of the least corrupt countries in the world, along with New Zealand and the Scandinavian countries. As a result of its location, corruption-free environment, skilled workforce, low tax rates and advanced infrastructure it attracts a large amount of foreign direct investment. There are more than 7,000 multinational corporations from the United States, Japan, and Europe in Singapore and there are also 1,500 companies from China and 1,500 from India.
The prosperity of the Asian country has lead to wealth of incredible architecture. Today, I bring you few of my favourite modern buildings in Singapore. (Big thanks to the world’s most visited architecture website archdaily for the pictures and the information about the buildings.)
48 North Canal Road by WOHA
link: archdaily photographs: Patrick Bingham-HallBishan Public Library by LOOK Architects
link: archdaily photographs: Patrick Bingham-Hall, Tim NolanIluma by WOHA
link: archdaily photographs: Tim Griffith & Patrick Bingham-Hall One Raffles Place Tower 2 by Tange Associates
link: archdaily photographs: Marc Tey Parkroyal Hotel by WOHA
link: archdaily photographs: Patrick Bingham-Hall
Boyana Church is a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church situated on the outskirts of Sofia.
It was built in three stages: in the late 10th and early 11th, the mid-13th, and the mid-19th centuries. In 1979 the monument was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.The church owes its world fame mainly to its frescoes from 1259. A total of 89 scenes with 240 human images are depicted on the walls.
They form a second layer over the paintings from earlier centuries and represent one of the most complete and well-preserved monuments of Eastern European medieval art.Information: Wikipedia
Photographs: 1.Todor Bozhinov, 2,3,4,5.Elena Chochkova, 6.Aleksander Dragnes, 7.vintagedept 8.buildingoftheyear
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