Tag: architecture

Harpa Concert Hall
Iceland

The Glittering Harpa Concert Hall in Reyjkavik

The critics questioned why the £90 million Harpa concert hall was being built in Rejkavik, the capital of a country that had gone spectacularly bankrupt in 2008.  Construction of the Harpa was started in 2004 when Iceland was riding high as the new financial whiz kid on the block.  Unfortunately, the financial market turmoils of

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corrugated steel construction in Iceland
Iceland

How Iceland Made Corrugated Steel Construction Charming

Usually you think of corrugated metal buildings in the United States as an industrial cladding – something cool and urban for a modern house or a practical shed in the country.  When I was in South Africa, the townships had a lot of corrugated metal houses in the townships. Once again, the metal was a

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The House of the Brazilian Gaudi
Brasil

The House of The Brazilian Gaudi

It’s not often a place leaves me speechless.  Looking around at the trinkets cemented into the walls which were curved every which way, I was at a loss for words. We were at a house in Parasaipolis, the second largest favela in the largest city in South America, to visit the Casa de Pedra (The

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The Fancy Doors of the Costa Brava

Every doorway, every intersection has a story. Katherine Dunn My shoes clatter on the stone streets adding to the cacophony of the other shoes and chattering voices out for an evening stroll. The doorways to the buildings lining the streets stand as straight and silent as any butler guarding his entry. In aged wood and

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Photo Gallery: The Fantastic Doors of Marrakech

Do you ever wonder what is behind a closed door?  The doors in Marrakech that I saw contained so much detailed and colourful work that I could only wonder the extent of the beauty that lay behind the doors. I am used to doors that blend into the background serving the their basic function as

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Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone
Pacific Northwest

The Old Faithful Inn Provides History With A View

If you are visiting Yellowstone National Park, you should definitely visit (or maybe even stay at) the Old Faithful Inn which overlooks the famous Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone. This hotel is a national treasure and the largest log hotel in the world. The Old Faithful Inn History The Old House section of the Old

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The Really Uber Grand Palais in Paris

The fabulous Cartier:  Style and History Exhibit I went to in December is being held at the Grand Palais in Paris.  The Grand Palais is located off the Champs Elysees and is a famous historic building as well as a gallery and an exhibition hall. Built in 3 years in 1900 for the World Fair,

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