Showing posts with the label Architecture

Tŷ Unnos: The One Night House

Nov 22, 2023

Near the village of Llanycefn, in Pembrokeshire, in south-west Wales, stands a small stone cottage. Legend has it that the cottage was built...

Falowiec: The Wave Building of Gdańsk

Aug 31, 2023

In the late 1960s and the early 1970s, a series of peculiarly shaped apartment blocks were constructed in the Polish city of Gdańsk. They we...

Dresden’s Tobacco Mosque

Jun 22, 2023

The ‘Tobacco Mosque’ in Dresden, Germany, by the city’s main railway line, is a fascinating structure. The impressive building with a 60-fee...

The Great Conservatory of Chatsworth

Mar 31, 2022

Before Joseph Paxton built the magnificent edifice of glass and iron, the Crystal Palace for the Great Exhibition of 1851, he built an enorm...

Copenhagen’s Potato Row

Mar 26, 2021

In the heart of Copenhagen, not far from the harbor, are a series of closely laid streets with houses smashed together like rows of potato p...

The Octagon Houses of Orson Fowler

Mar 10, 2021

Orson Fowler wanted to design the best house, but he detested the traditional boxy shapes. Too many right angles, he thought. In his mind, t...

London’s Protected Views

Feb 8, 2021

Many prominent landmarks in London, such as St Paul's Cathedral, the Monument to the Great Fire of London , the Tower of London, The Pal...

Mäusebunker: Berlin’s Mouse Bunker

Jan 26, 2021

Sitting squarely in the middle of Berlin is a monstrous-looking building with façade of solid grey concrete, punctured by long ventilation t...

Hostile Façades

Nov 27, 2020

The old city of Segovia, about 90 km north of Madrid, is best known for its aqueduct , but this historic city is full of architectural curio...

Rushton Triangular Lodge

Nov 5, 2020

The Triangular Lodge near Rushton, in Northamptonshire, England, is an unusual building. This three-sided house was built in the late 16th c...

A la Ronde: The 16-Sided House That’s Never Short of Sunlight

Oct 22, 2020

Near the village of Lympstone, in Devon, England, stands a unique 18th century property—a one of a kind 16-sided house built by two fiercely...

Casa de las Conchas: The House of Shells

Oct 20, 2020

Casa de las Conchas, or the House of Shells, is a curious attraction in Salamanca, Spain. This stately mansion built between the late 15th a...

The Storybook Houses of Los Angeles

Oct 7, 2020

At the intersection of Carmelita Avenue and Walden Drive, in Beverly Hills, California, there stands a house which appears straight out of a...

Vladimir Tatlin’s Unbuilt Tower

Sep 16, 2020

After the Russian Revolution of 1917, the leader of the victorious Bolshevik Party, Vladimir Lenin, launched a massive monument-building pro...

Désert de Retz

Sep 14, 2020

François Racine de Monville had at his disposal a large estate on the edge of a 2,000-hectare-forest, in the commune of Chambourcy, about 15...

Sway Tower, The 14-Story Folly And The World Tallest Unreinforced Concrete Structure

Aug 25, 2020

On the outskirts of Sway, a village near Lymington, on Britain’s south coast, stands a peculiar Victorian tower. Visible for miles around, t...

Malbork Castle: The Brick Marvel

Jul 22, 2020

The Malbork Castle in northern Poland wears two feathers in its cap. Not only it is the largest castle in the world measured by land area, i...

The Turkish Hotel Built Above an Ancient Ruin

Apr 25, 2020

In 2009, a construction crew digging the foundation for a new hotel in Antakya, Turkey, made an astonishing discovery. They uncovered a va...

Slovak Radio Building: The Inverted Pyramid

Jan 11, 2020

Some call it ugly. Others defend it for its architectural features. Whichever faction you side with, you can’t deny that it is an exceptiona...

The Crin­kle-Cran­kle Walls of Suffolk

Oct 28, 2019

A crin­kle-cran­kle wall is an unusual type of garden wall found in the East Anglia region of east England, but popular mostly in the county...