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Tagged With: Architecture

HOTSPOTS The Stalowa in Warsaw …

THE STALOWA IS NOT A SMALL STREET IN POLAND’S CAPITAL. It was an ugly thing in communist times, the center of the steel district (stalow = steel). But – the Germans didn’t destroy the Stalowa in World War II, therefore Roman Polanski filmed „The Pianist“ in this rare relict of Warsaw’s pre-war architecture. That’s not … Weiterlesen »

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MUSIC The Oldest Opera House – Like New …

FIRST THE SUPERLATIVS: The „San Carlo“ is, unbelievable, THE OLDEST OPERA HOUSE IN THE WORLD! And was for ages with 3300 seats the biggest! And until the 19th century more important than the Scala in Milan! It opened on the 4th of November 1737, built by the order of King Charles VII. of Naples – … Weiterlesen »

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ARCHTECTURE Mudejar Is Weird …

ISN’T IT STRANGE? When „Orientalism“ became the fashion of the European „Salons“, in the second half of the 19th century, rich people copied (or imported) what gave them a feeling of Harun & Harem, of Oasis & Odalisks, of Beduins & Baclava. Even empe- rors & kings went on expeditions to Baalbek, Ninive and Louxor, … Weiterlesen »

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NIGHTCLUBS If You Ever Come To … (No. 75)

It’s the nightclub, say Naomi Campbell and Gianna Nannini. The location is Quarantaine, 18 km north of Beirut and one of the worst quarters of the civil war in Lebanon. The club lies deep in the earth, the seats resemble coffins and the experts have come to the conclusion that you might call the design „War … Weiterlesen »

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HOTELS The Nice Advice … (No. 74)

When the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer died in 2012 with 105 years, the globe mourned and his buildings got the definite glory of uniqueness. And then they opened the hotel „Oscar“ in the French Atlantic harbour of Le Havre! A pure jewel of 50s nostalgia, offering a view onto one of Niemeyers most famous buildings, … Weiterlesen »

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TRAVEL In Praise of … Kishi Island (No. 37)

Kizhi or Kishi Island is located on this lake in Karelia (near Finland). There you find two large wooden churches (the 22-dome Transfiguration Church and the 9-dome Intercession Church) and a bell-tower. The island is only 4 m or 12 feet above the water and the buildings are not heated (for a good reason!) and … Weiterlesen »

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BUILDINGS A Story of Glory … (No. 32)

I confess: I had no idea. The palace of the Sultan of Brunei? No, The biggest house in the world is the Pentagon in Washington. Oh yes, that wasn’t too difficult. But the second biggest house? A million dollar question nobody can answer.  It’s the Palace of the People in Romania’s capital Bukarest. The Pharao’s dream … Weiterlesen »

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HOTELS The Nice Advice … (No. 58)

It’s a provocation, this „Balancing Barn“ of Alain de Botton near Walberswick in Suffolk. A mesmerising long silver structure, hanging off the edge of a slope. The Barn is part of a non-profit venture, called „Living Architecture“. De Botton wants as many people as possible to enjoy the delights of 21st-century modernist living. Up to … Weiterlesen »

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