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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DUBLIN – ARTS BUILDING, BARCLEY LIBRARY – TRINITY COLLEGE


Dublin‘s most popular place to study is obviously Trinity College.The historical building is most desirable university in Ireland, but here I would like to present the newest part of it , an extention built in 1979   and then extended once again by the same architectural practice ABK – Ahrens, Burton,  Koralek .
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Located along the Nassau Street with the other two blocks forms the second courtyard of the college
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The original design of the rear elevations  from late 70′ was refreshed with the second extention to front, with it’s new concrete or stone cladding, slender openings and windows contrasting with the other big windows.
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One can see an architects desire to show the play of the bulks, the simplicity  of forms and a great affection to finishes and details.Contemporary look is also achieved by using the flat roofs, horizontal stone bands between the cladding, incorporating the pressed insulated aluminium panels withing some doors and windows.
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Of the courtyard side we can also see how big attention was paid the landscape architecture, paving, sculptures, external stairs, balustrades.
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The building is known at present as Arts Building Extention and Barkley Library.

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LONDON – ST.JAMES’S PARK


One of the oldest royal parks in London, a central park that  lies in front of  the Buckingham Palace, neighbouring the Green Park and Horse Guards building on the other side, along the grand royal route – The Mall  leading through the eastern  triumphal arch  to the Buckingham Palace.

 Originally the land was bought by Henry VIII and then remodelled by french landscaper Andree Mollet  in a very geometric style, then redesigned several times and the Park we know today has been designed in a romantic style by famous english architect and landscaper John Nash.

The most distinctive features of the park are  irregularly shaped lake and two islands creating the perfect envinroment for large numer of birds.

Another interesting feature is the bridge crossing the lake in the middle and providing the great views at the Buckingham Palace and the main building of the Foreign and Commonwealth Offices. 

The closest tube stations are  Victoria, Westminster and St. James’s Park


KRAKOW – ST.MARY’S BASILICA – KOŚCIÓŁ MARIACKI


The most famous and most visited monument of Krakow/Cracow.Located in North – East corner of Krakow’s medieval square, is a symbol of city’s history, and one of the most precious monuments in old town centre. 

The church has been built in 13-th century in gothic era after the first  romanesque church had been destroyed by Turkish invaders.The three naves have been rised , the main, middle one which was the tallest and  one smaller nave to each side of it, with half circular chapels, main oltar at the end, and two different height towers to the front of the building.

We can see lots of little long windows with pointed/lancet arches, so popular  in central europe at those times.

The main body of the building has been  made of red, local manufactured brick, with many stone surrounds, stone or brick window heads and sills, the two towers have been covered with the spires, each in different style. 

The taller tower has been designed on a square plan, then, in  the end it turns into octagonal, on the other side, shorter tower is square in plan , with the size  getting gradually smaller aproaching the top.
After few centuries the octagonal in plan lobby has been added in a baroque style with neo- gothic stone pinacles.

To the side of basilica you can see the massive, vertical windows with stone surrounds and  subdivided to few stone moulions ended with  another internal lancet arches ,oculuses and cusps, and all windows have been decorated with the stained glass.

At the external side of the brick walls we can see the brick buttress piers between the windows, with set offs, without flying butress in this case but with pinacles with crockets and finials.

If you want to find out more about gothic architecture commonelements, please see a fantastic blog:
http://gothiceraarchitecture.blogspot.com/2010/08/new-techniques-lasting-looks.html