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May 31, 2017



Today's Google Doodle suggests Architect Zaha Hadid had nose-twitching magic powers.

Posted by mehrdad at 09:56 AM | Architecture | Look-alikes |

August 30, 2011

Little Moreton Hall

Little Moreton Hall is a moated 15th-century half-timbered manor house in southwest of Congleton, Cheshire. It is one of the finest examples of timber-framed domestic architecture in England. The house is today owned by the National Trust.

>> Little Moreton Hall on Wikipedia

>> View the set on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 12:48 PM | Architecture |

November 11, 2010

Cut It, Fold It

Drawn from Robert Freidus' extensive collection, Cut it, Fold it: Build it with Paper is a major exhibition at V&A Museum of Childhood featuring nearly 200 examples of architectural paper models. Half the models are still flat as they were sold.

Collecting and making paper models has been a popular pastime since the later part of the eighteenth century, with many companies producing very collectible models. There was no pre-cutting or scoring on these models, so patience and a steady hand were crucial.

>> View the set on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 11:10 AM | Architecture | London |

October 29, 2009

Cathedral to Science

The amazing Waterhouse Building, the Natural History Museum in London has an ornate terracotta facade typical of high Victorian architecture. The terracotta mouldings represent the past and present diversity of nature.
>> Natural History Museum

Posted by mehrdad at 09:31 AM | Architecture | London |

September 21, 2009

Chehel Sotoun look-alike


Linear House, Highgate, North London and Chehel Sotoun in Isfahan, Iran.

Open House is London's largest architectural showcase. For one weekend in the year, 700 buildings of every conceivable type, shape and size open their doors to Londoners. This year we went to two places: a modern private house and a yurt!

Linear House is a modern house built on a sloping site. The building takes its reference from the classical architecture in its symmetry and proportion.

>> View my photos of Open House 2009

Posted by mehrdad at 05:02 PM | Architecture | London | Look-alikes |

September 12, 2008

Open House 2008

On 20th & 21st of September an incredible 700 buildings opening their doors to the public. Londoners are given direct access to the creative teams that design, construct, conserve and regenerate their environment.

>> The online search for Open House 2008 is here

Update: >> Here is my set of photos

Posted by mehrdad at 04:39 PM | Architecture | London |

June 13, 2008

St Jude-on-the-Hill


I took this photo of the interior of the parish Church of St Jude-on-the-Hill with my mobile phone camera. The interior reminds me a bit of Jan Vermeer's or Pieter de Hooch's paintings. In their works the light often enters from a window.

St Jude-on-the-Hill is in the middle of Hampstead Garden Suburb, a model residential community planned by Henrietta Barnett for housing of all social groups, although the atmosphere there today is definitely middle class.

>> Click here to view more photos

Posted by mehrdad at 12:00 PM | Architecture | London | Photography |

December 03, 2007

Guggenheim look-alike


My IKEA lamp shade and the Guggenheim Museum New York by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Posted by mehrdad at 11:53 AM | Architecture | Look-alikes |

November 09, 2007



The Azadi (Shahyad) Tower in Tehran and Monument of the Martyrs ( Maquam E' chahid ) in Algiers

The Azadi (Shahyad) Tower in Tehran was built in 1971 in commemoration of the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian Empire, this "Gateway into Iran" was named the Shahyad Tower- meaning "Remembrance of the Shah (King)"- but dubbed Azadi (Freedom) after the Iranian Revolution of 1979. It is 50 metres tall and is completely clad in cut marble.

The Monument of the Martyrs ( Maquam E' chahid ) in Algiers is an iconic concrete monument commemorating the Algerian war for independence. The monument was opened in 1982 on the 20th anniversary of Algeria's independence. It is fashioned in the shape of three standing palm leaves which shelter the "Eternal Flame" beneath.

Posted by mehrdad at 11:12 AM | Architecture | Look-alikes |

September 19, 2007

City Hall

Last Sunday we went to visit London City Hall, as part of the London Open House event. City Hall is home to the Mayor of London, the London Assembly and the GLA, who in July 2002 became tenants of this rounded glass building on the south bank of the Thames near Tower Bridge.

>> View the photos here

We also visited an architect's office and an old post office. Anyone interested in architecture should definitely look out for the Open House London event next year.

Posted by mehrdad at 10:16 AM | Architecture | Photography |

October 17, 2004

Prize for a Gherkin look-alike


The Gherkin, the City of London's new landmark has won an architecture award.

Posted by mehrdad at 09:13 PM | Architecture | Look-alikes |

March 07, 2004



Marcel Duchamp's Bicycle Wheel and London Eye

Duchamp called his work Bicycle Wheel "an assisted readymade". Readymade are objects manufactured for some other purpose, presented by an artist as a work of art. Marcel Duchamp, who originated this concept, selected and signed many ordinary objects. He occasionally altered these objects (sometimes called assisted readymades), which the Bicycle Wheel is a well-known example.

Posted by mehrdad at 11:05 AM | Architecture | Look-alikes |

November 03, 2003



On Saturday we went to Ladbroke Grove and walked around the impressive Trellick Tower - a grade II listed building designed by Erno Goldfinger. Goldfinger?s own modern house at 2 Willow Road in Hampstead is now a museum. Legend has it that his neighbour Ian Fleming did not like either Goldfinger or his modern taste. Fleming took his revenge by naming the chief villain in his book "Goldfinger" after him.

Posted by mehrdad at 11:02 PM | Architecture |