LONDON- NORTH FINCHLEY – WOODSIDE AVENUE-


Block of flats built along Woodside Avenue  in North Finchley in London.Iteresting building that draws the attention thanks to its contemporary design and a fresh look in between the surrounding detached houses from different periods.

Use of brick is still very characteristic for this area of London, but big aluminium windows with a very asymetric subdivisions, and a very contemporary flat roofs are really standing out – very surprising especially for me dealing with the planning councill for the area.

I often pass by this intriguing building and though it would be worth to share it with other people – will you agree with my point of view ?

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LONDON- KENSINGTON GARDENS + PALACE + DUTCH GARDEN


One of the Royal parks in London adjacent to Hyde Park – creates together with Hyde Park, St,James Park, Green Park – creates one of the biggest open , green spaces in europe.

Although the garden itself is not reach in many different plant species, it is very interesting as a place of relaxation,with variety of offical avenues,  full of landscape architecture, monuments, sculptures and romantic arbours.

Full o fountains and with  the Round Pound -popular artificial lake in the west corner of Hide Park , packed with swans and other wild living birds.

The Park was designed in c.1728-1738 by Henry Wise and Charles Bridgeman.The same Charles Bridgeman designed a Serpentine; a lake lying in the center of the Hyde Park and ending up in the Kensington Gardens that is called “The lond Water”

Very interesting part of the Kensington Garden is so called “Italian Garden” with a number of classical sculptures and fountains.

Further away to the west,  one can see the Kensington Palace with the Queen Victoria Memorial,”Dutch Garden”  and the Queen Victoria Memorial.

To the south west there is a really impressive Albert Memorial and a view at the Royal Albert Hall– being Royal Opera House.

The place definitely worth of seeing and a time spent on exploring the Park will be definitely enjoyable and amusing thanks to its charm and an amizingly  royal character.


LONDON – SERPENTINE GALERY PAVILION 2011


Londons Serpentine Galery Pavilion 2011 –

Anyone who was expecting another spectacular contemporary building that looks like a completed construction might be dissapointed.

The Serpentine Pavilion, as it’s  current creator- Peter Zumthor- says is supposed to evoke emotions by its misteriously simple outside physical body  and more  complex  labyrinth inside the leads you to the beutyful garden , sunny metaphysical atrium full of plants that symolises the initimacy  and a  life .

The internal garden , thatnks to its black walls seurrounding it , becomes as a completely isolated place, appears as a garden within a bigger garden- Hyde Park.

After spending few minutes in the internal garden and seeing how many people likes it , suddenly it strikes you that it is a brilliant idea and you stop thinking about the blak bitumen painted plywood,waetherprove but  delicate walls.


PARIS – CITROEN C42 BUILDING-


Definitely best ever Citroen’s advertisement ever is their building located on Champs-Élysées.
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With it’s almost surrealistic , modern design the Citroen  building housing a car showroom can easily compete with the other more recognized car manufacturers .
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The architect Manuelle Gautrand has come up with the idea of using the brand symbol to construct a structure, to incorporate it within the building as a structural elements of the elevations, structural glazing .
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The design is very innovative, fresh and unique, seems as a sculpture curved in between block of flats – the designer compares it also  to a shiny diamond  – which consist of many little “cuts” that resemble the brands logo, multiplied all over the elevation.
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Thanks to an extensive use of a glass the showroom is totally open to visitors, and minimalistic character makes it a most desirable space for exhibition and presentation of the brand newest achievements.
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The structure must have been quite a challenge to build from a technical and a stylistic  point of view if you take into account the surrounding neighbouring buildings on the historic avenue of Paris.
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The interior has been designed in a very minimalistic style,  main colour scheme is white , all the finishes are smooth and shiny laminate coatings with the red and black colour accents and a major internal feature is a circular  car lift/platform at a few floor levels .
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The building is standing out of the adjoining buildings and perfectly emphasizes both , architect’s and the investor’s ideas.
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