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LA PHILARMONIE DE JEAN NOUVEL

LA PHILARMONIE DE JEAN NOUVEL

la philarmonie de jean nouvel is one of the few things i wanted to see last time i was in paris. i was in paris for 3 short days last year. i had no plan but to keep away from the center and to discover as much as possible of the rest by walking. and i...
ESPAI VERD IN VALENCIA

ESPAI VERD IN VALENCIA

espai verd in valencia is the absolute highlight of my recent trip. this was not the first i wanted to come to benimaclet. but it was the first time i managed to make it. the valencian sun makes walking all day long a pleasure. so i walked all the way from my hotel, mainly in a...
LEGAL ILLEGAL HOUSE IN COLOGNE

LEGAL ILLEGAL HOUSE IN COLOGNE

legal illegal house is an extraordinary dwelling in cologne, germany. and you guessed it well: there is a story behind its surprising name and shape.
IWAN BAAN - THE ARCHITECTURE PHOTOGRAPHER

IWAN BAAN – THE ARCHITECTURE PHOTOGRAPHER

i have recently discovered iwan baan and he seems to have the perfect job!
ARCHITECTURE FOR DOGS - NOT AS SILLY AS YOU MAY THINK

ARCHITECTURE FOR DOGS – NOT AS SILLY AS YOU MAY THINK

architecture for dogs, huh? did you know that the japanese pet industry is worth a staggering 7 billion euro per year?
THE INCREDIBLE NA HOUSE IN TOKYO

THE INCREDIBLE NA HOUSE IN TOKYO

na house is a good example of my soft spot for tiny japanese houses. i really like the modern ones, which somehow manage to shrink to unbelievable sizes. still, they look incredibly cute and are fully functional.
CASA DA MUSICA - REM KOOLHAAS LEFT HIS MARK ON PORTO

CASA DA MUSICA – REM KOOLHAAS LEFT HIS MARK ON PORTO

casa da musica is a concert hall that looks like an ufo that has just landed in rotunda da boavista. its surrounding travertine platform is pretty much the only smooth area for the hard-tried portuense skaters. porto is a city of many ups and downs and most streets are paved with very uncomfortable polished stones....
VISITING BILBAO

VISITING BILBAO

i usually book flights at the beginning of january and then i start researching and planning. the upcoming trip is to spain, in the second part of march: madrid – bilbao – barcelona. i’m jumping up and down just thinking about what’s to come!
THE BLUR BUILDING IS ON MY DREAM LIST

THE BLUR BUILDING IS ON MY DREAM LIST

i might have mentioned that one of the main reasons that get me booking flights is exciting contemporary architecture. and this diller and scofidio building in switzerland is just that, although it is not exactly a building as much as a 7,5 million euro challenge of the very concept of architecture.
MIUCCIA PRADA KNOWS

MIUCCIA PRADA KNOWS

i have a thing for smart, fearless women and miuccia prada is certainly one of them. she took her grandfather’s luggage company inheritance in 1978 and with the help of her husband, patrizzio bertelli, turned it into today’s 2-billion, 7,450 employee international business by doing it their way.
HAMBURG ELBPHILARMONIE

HAMBURG ELBPHILARMONIE

i visited hamburg last year, in september, and this herzog&de meuron wonder was just half finished. ever since, i’ve been watching its progress online and looking forward to its opening. the 2011/2012 season of this 400-million beauty will be opened by john malkovich on september the 26th. as a declared h&dm fan, i love this multi-purpose...
DIMINUTIVE BUILDINGS

DIMINUTIVE BUILDINGS

japan is full on tiny or narrow buildings due to the housing crisis and i love spotting them and taking their picture in case you too admire miniature houses out of an urban, contemporary fairy tale, click here for many itsy bitsy pictures! in case you are walking around in shibuya, tokyo, you may come across this...