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 ?


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.


LONDON-NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM


Located in South London, Kensington district, on Exhibition Road,  building was built in 1881, by the civil engineer Captain Francis Fowke who died shortly afterwards and the project was undertaken by Alfred Waterhouse .

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The final version of the architectural scheme  after his many alterations consisted of  one edifice in a rectangular plan, with two tall towers , grand portico, all in a romanesque style – what must have been  quite unusual  and  peculiar but still within the high Victorian style.B
The external elevations was made mainly of brick extensively cladded with the colorful terracotta mouldings manufactured by Gibbs and Canning Ltd, featured many relief sculptures of flora and fauna to liven up a Victorian buildings in the area.

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Nowadays the building is a perfect centre of entertainment for the families and nobody  gets out of the building bored or disgusted .
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No 4 London’s most popular museums – it is really brilliant and it’s dinosaurs skeletons’ collection is truly impressive 🙂

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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


LONDON – LONDON EYE – SOUTH BANK OF THAMES RIVER


EDF Energy London Eye – formally opened by Tony Blair in 1999 – for many people, one of the biggest tourist attraction of London after the Buckingham Palace and the rumours about the royal scandals but there are also some more critical opinions like of Sir Richard Rogers, who basically said that from architectural point of view London gained nothing  but another symbol and another structure to climb on and lookback down it , just like Eiffel Tower in Paris – form my point of view that is not fair.

 The weel has been designed by architectural team which consisted of :  Frank Anatole, Nic Bailey, Steven Chilton, Malcolm Cook, Mark Sparrowhawk, Julia Barfield , David Marks.

Located on the south bank of London, opposite the London Parliament and Big Ben tower, the structure is generating 3.5 happy customers every year.

 The tallest ferris weel in Europe, with 32 stell and reinforced glass capsules (symbolizing each borough of London), which are air conditoned and spin very slowly  around the big weel/loop

 It is unforgetable experience to see the town from such a height, and I am sure sir Richard Rogers would definitely change his mind if he ever had a chance to experience this feeling.

 By the way designed by him building, O2 Arena – Millenium Dome is giving the city one function only , (apart from the commercial one), is providing a concert hall for the city , and that is just enogh for me, and many others.




LONDON – ENFIELD


A residential building in North London.
Todays special.- The building has been freshly constructed.

No google and no other searching engine can find this building in any directory bacause the pictures have been taken in our architectural office and not published so far.

You can see the building is very, very simple but you can not deny it has that something that x factor that
defines good architecture.

The entrance fronton resambles th Grand arch in Paris, but here you can see it in a much softer  incarnation, and the architect did not commit a suiside.

The architect who I know personally, wanted to introduce to the building as little ornament as possible .
To sum up,  it  was a quick project, not much effort put to it but the effect is really tremendous.
Well done, Mr.N 😉