• 6 Bizarre Buildings to Boggle the Mind

    6 Bizarre Buildings to Boggle the Mind

    American architect Julia Morgan said: “Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves.” Whether or not you agree with Morgan’s sentiments, her words could not have related more perfectly to these bizarre architectural specimens from far flung corners of the world. Here are six buildings that really do speak for themselves!

  • Innovative Power Station Conversions

    Innovative Power Station Conversions

    Despite being traditionally labelled as “eye-sores”, its amazing what a little imagination and foresight can bring to former industrial buildings. For instance, northern England’s “dark Satanic mills” have been transformed from eighteenth century hell holes to some of the most stylish and interesting renovations. And as we can see here, even derelict power stations can provide a blank canvas for twenty-first century recreation.

  • Oxford Malmaison: From Dingy Medieval Prison to Luxury Hotel

    Oxford Malmaison: From Dingy Medieval Prison to Luxury Hotel

    This former prison must be one of the most imaginative British hotel conversions – and certainly the first to be developed from Her Majesty’s Pleasure! Oxford Castle, now a Malmaison, was originally built as a Norman fortress in 1071, during the reign of William the Conqueror.

  • Brutalism: Love It or Hate It

    Brutalism: Love It or Hate It

    Brutalist architecture gained momentum in the United Kingdom from 1950s to the mid 1970s, emerging from the modernist architectural movement. The English architects Alison and Peter Smithson coined the term in 1954, from the French béton brut, or “raw concrete”.



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