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.
I 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)
All photographs – ecruonline.com
Architects: Jestico + Whiles
Location: Leicester Square, London, England
(The photographs are taken with my phone that’s why quality is not good.)
“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.
Wow! I can’t believe it has been a whole year since my last post!
I honestly have no idea where that time went. At least I have plenty excuses for being a bad blogger like health problems (don’t really want to talk about it, but don’t worry it was nothing serious), organizing a wedding (yay, I’m a married woman now), working full day and moving to another country (hello from London).
Oh, where to start from? Weddings were simply amazing! We actually had two weddings, one in Sofia and one in London, where my husband lives. It was a lot of rush, because we had only one week gap between the two events and for that time I had to pack my bags, say goodbye to everyone in Sofia and get on the flight for London, where my husband’s family was waiting for us with a huge pink sign “Just Married” and a very welcoming party at home. To be honest I didn’t expect that, because they left Sofia just a day before us and basically they spent that whole day decorating the house for us instead to relax after the flight! 🙂 Yes, I am hiding behind the flowers and the balloon, because I was too tired for pictures.
Those who follow my blog know that I don’t like to write a lot as I believe that pictures have millions things to say and they do it way better than me. Here are some pictures from the wedding in Sofia (Unfortunately, I still don’t have pictures from the second wedding). You can also see some more on my Instagram page – Alzayat.Nadia. I hope that you will enjoy them.
You might not believe me, but I actually didn’t have chance to try the cake. I was so busy with having fun with our guest that I forgot to eat.This picture is so much fun! Love it!
Some of the beautiful flowers we received from our guests! The amazing view from our room!
I look forward to write new posts! I missed you all and my blog so much!!! Posts about where we go and what we do in London are coming soon as well.
Take care xo
Pictures: Ivaylo Iovchev
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.”
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.”
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!
MAXXI Museum in Rome, Italy by Zaha Hadid Architects
Photographs: Iwan Baan
God’s Loftstory in Veldhoven, The Netherlands by Leijh Kappelhoff Seckel van den Dobbelsteen architecten
Photographs: Vincent van den Hoven
via ArchDailyHill House in Kent, England by Hampson Williams Architects
Photographs: Hampson Williams Architects
Today I discovered an interesting online magazine brownbook.me. It is an urban guide, based in Dubai focusing on design and travel across the Middle East and North Africa. The articles are quite interesting and informative, but what grabbed my attention the most were these street food restaurants in Cairo. I love the way they managed to mix modern and traditional elements.
(Oh… and I forgot to mention that the food looks good too!) 😉
Sparking Umbrellas Installation
Concept & Design: Anna Meister, Jorden Martin Lighting: Peter Greig
Location: Sydney, Australia
Photographs: via petergreig, Sydney-City and Suburbs
Read more: linkField of Light by lighting designer Bruce Munro
Location: Cornwall, England
Photographs: via fieldoflight.co.uk
Read more: linkThe Ring by Arnaud Lapierre
Location: Place Vendôme in Paris, France
Photographs: Arnaud Lapierre via ArchDaily
Read more: linkThe Sequence Installation by the Belgian artist Arne Quinze
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Photographs: via thesequence.be
Read more: linkColorful Umrellas Installation
Location: Agueda, Portugal
Photographs: Patricia Almeida
Read more: linkMirror Installation by Studio Roso
Location: Clark Shoes Headquarters in Street, Somerset, South England
Photographs: via ArchDaily
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Stairway Cinema Installation by Oh.No.Sumo
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Photographs: Simon Devitt
Read more: linkIncandescent Cloud by Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett
Location: Calgary, Canada
Photographs: via fubiz.net
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