Posts tagged “London

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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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.


A Whole Year

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! 🙂 image1Yes, 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.

image Getting ready for the big day at the beauty salon.  We needed coffee to wake us up. 🙂 imageBridesmaids’ bouquets._MG_7485Some help from the bridesmaid.

imagePersonalised gifts for the bridesmaids.

imageThe venue 🙂_MG_8907

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._MG_8505This picture is so much fun! Love it!
image2Some of the beautiful flowers we received from our guests! image3The 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


Contemporary Memorial Parks

Hey guys, I would like to recommend you this wonderful website: www.landezine.com
If you are interested in landscape architecture, then you would love it! 😉

General Maister Memorial Park
Landscape architecture: Bruto (Matej Kučina, Tanja Maljevac)
Location: Ljubno ob Savinji, Slovenia
Photographs: Miran Kambič via landezine

“The park, dedicated to General Maister and the soldiers for the northern border was planned as an abstract three-dimensional space, where the paths lead around geometrically cut grass crests. It is an abstract representation of the crest of the northern border, for which Maister’s soldiers fought. “
National 9/11 Memorial
Landscape Architecture: PWP Landscape Architecture
Location: New York, New York, USA
Photographs: PWP Landscape Architecture
via landezine

“The National September 11th Memorial commemorates the victims of the attacks at the Pentagon, at Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and at the World Trade Center site, both on September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993. Two gigantic voids – in the footprints of the Twin Towers – and a surrounding forest of oak trees form the core of the rebuilt World Trade Center in New York City and provide a place for contemplation and remembrance within this revitalized urban center.”
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (also known as the Holocaust Memorial)
Design: architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold
Location: Berlin, Germany
Photographs: wikipedia and landezine

The memorial consists of a 19,000 square metres site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs, arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. According to Eisenman’s project text, the concrete slabs are designed to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere, and the whole sculpture aims to represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason.
Read more about the project on WikipediaThe Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Architect:  Maya Lin
Photographs: 1. Carol M. Highsmith 2,3. MegachromeImages 4. s.scottcrawford

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors U.S. service members of the U.S. armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War, service members who died in service in Vietnam/South East Asia, and those service members who were unaccounted for (Missing In Action) during the War.
The memorial consists of three separate parts: the Three Soldiers statue, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, which is the best-known part of the memorial.  
Aerial_view_of_Vietnam_Veterans_Memorial2The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is made up of two gabbro walls 246 feet 9 inches (75 m) long. One wall points toward the Washington Monument, the other in the direction of the Lincoln Memorial, meeting at an angle of 125° 12′. Each wall has 72 panels, 70 listing names and 2 very small blank panels at the extremities.Stone for the wall came from India, and was deliberately chosen because of its reflective quality. When a visitor looks upon the wall, his or her reflection can be seen simultaneously with the engraved names, which is meant to symbolically bring the past and present together.In 2007, it was ranked tenth on the “List of America’s Favorite Architecture” by the American Institute of Architects. Read more about the project on Wikipedia7  July Memorial
Location: Hyde Park, London, UK
Architect: Carmody Groarke
Photographs: carmodygroarke.com

“The singular and collective loss inflicted by the bombings has informed the character of the memorial. Fifty-two 850 kg stainless steel cast vertical pillars (or stelae) each representing one of the fifty-two lives lost are arranged in an open pattern of four interlinked clusters representing the four locations of the bombs.”


Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012

This year’s Serpentine Pavilion is an underground amphitheatre designed by Herzog & de Meuron with Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.
Photography: © Iwan Baan via Serpentine Gallery© 2012, by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei


Modest Glass Extension to a House in London

Yesterday a friend of mine sent me a link to this cute house and I decided to make a post about it. It is designed by Shoreditch-based architects Platform 5.
Information and pictures: Dezeen / Photography is by Alan Williams.