dancefloorlandmine: (Architecture)
Friday, July 7th, 2017 10:50 pm
Thanks to '99% Invisible', I found a link to this site - McMansion Hell, reviewing some of the somewhat architecturally-confused buildings that have cropped up across the US as an expression of ostentatious homebuilding.

For example ... "I feel like someone named Margaret sleeps in this bed and she has never seen the ocean nor the city ... Little House on the Prairie was not intended for use as an interior decorating guide."
dancefloorlandmine: (Architecture)
Sunday, March 26th, 2017 12:23 am
For those who like photos of abandoned places, here are some taken by French photographer Aurélien Villette of Abkhazia, recognised as an independent state by Russia, while almost everyone else considers it still a part of Georgia. The photos show ruined and abandoned buildings, one series focussing on those from the 1950s.

Gallery on LensCulture

(The HDR is a bit over-the-top on some of them for my tastes, mind. One side effect of which is the tendency, as with many HDR images, to appear computer-generated - as if scenes from the game Syberia (for fans of which, it should be pointed out that Syberia III is due out later this year.)
dancefloorlandmine: (Architecture)
Sunday, February 12th, 2017 06:05 pm
A tale of an award-winning design for a seminary, its construction at the wrong time (from the point of view of changing church priorities), and a proposal for giving the listed shell a new purpose ...

BBC News In Pictures
dancefloorlandmine: (Architecture)
Friday, January 13th, 2017 03:21 pm
An interesting, if fairly short, BBC article on changes in Antarctic building design. These days, they mostly look like James Bond sets, but there's some really impressive work going into them - whether from the viewpoint of energy efficiency or consideration for the needs of the occupants for various sense cues that are otherwise in short supply in the environment.

dancefloorlandmine: Me hiding behind camera (CameraEOS)
Thursday, April 16th, 2009 02:30 pm
A couple of weeks ago, [ profile] valkyriekaren and I went on one of the London Goth Meetup Group's "Goth Walks" - number twelve, a whistle-stop tour around some of London's churches, including mini-lectures on various sites on the route, a tour guide in cassock and biretta (he is actually an Anglican priest, so technically they were his work clothes, although the hat was less usual) and a borrowed key to St Mary Woolnoth, so we could see inside one of Hawksmoor's collection of barmy church designs. It was really rather interesting, and, being me, I took my camera along, resulting in a number of photos. I've split the galleries into two ... the places and the people.

The Places

Some samples )

The People

Some samples )

EDIT: In discussion with my parents this weekend, my mother said that I'd probably been to most of those churchyards when a sproglet, as churchyards are often good places to take a child to eat a packed lunch, in between museum visits. My dad then blamed her for my interest in architecture and goths. My brother didn't care for museums and churches ...
dancefloorlandmine: (Architecture)
Friday, May 9th, 2008 02:01 pm
The schedule is here, for those that might be interested. 20th June to 20th July, 2008.

Including at least one event including cake. Oh, and another food one.
dancefloorlandmine: (Architecture)
Thursday, May 8th, 2008 01:02 pm

Although, admittedly, it's more "27 floor private tower block" than "house". Sounds somewhat special, though (they currently live in a customised 22 storey block). One reason for the cost is that no two floors are to be the same - either in materials or floor plan ...

It's pretty ... impressive ...
dancefloorlandmine: (Architecture)
Friday, November 23rd, 2007 02:14 pm
I'm partly posting this for my own reference, but mostly because it's damn amazing.

Tunnel network with nine temples hidden under house in Italy¹.

They're stunning (in a New Age cultish kind of way). And go to show what a small group of dedicated (if strange) people can do ...

Links from [ profile] valkyriekaren, here.

¹ Apologies, but the link's to the Daily Mail site.
dancefloorlandmine: (Architecture)
Monday, June 25th, 2007 11:52 am
Here are the photos from last week's visit to Bodiam Castle with [ profile] cookwitch, including a detour to Lamberhurst Church and an assortment of small birdlife. And, as a special bonus, I found the photos from our visit to the St Pancras Hotel in 2004, although these were taken with the old Sanyo Digicam, so are a bit small and grainy. I should really have taken the 35mm. [sigh]

Bodiam Castle and Lamberhurst Church - 21/06/07
St Pancras Hotel - 03/10/04

Thumbnails )

In the Bodiam photos, you can see [ profile] cookwitch providing a sense of scale to a fireplace, and possibly the most superfluous "Closed" sign in history.
dancefloorlandmine: (London)
Friday, March 9th, 2007 02:04 pm
As mentioned in this post, at lunchtime on Wednesday, [ profile] cookwitch and I wandered around Devonshire Square, which is between my office and Liverpool Street station. And I took my camera, because it's actually quite picturesque. As a result, here are a couple of photos ...

Photos behind cut )

dancefloorlandmine: (Barcode)
Friday, December 8th, 2006 01:43 pm
For those of you who occasionally frequent the Aldgate East part of London, and have an interest in the kind of book on contemporary art kept in their flat by the befinned inhabitants of Hoxton, or alternatively the kind of tome which demonstrates why architects should be kept away from typewriters, Artwords, the specialist bookshop, is closing down the Whitechapel Art Gallery branch for a couple of years, while they rebuild the gallery to incorporate what used to be the Library next door. They've got a 50% off sale until the 22nd December, when they shut down. I have a nasty suspicion even I might succumb to some of the books on architecture next week ...