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The Free Architecture Guide of Basel (PDF)
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The Free Architecture Guide of Basel (PDF)

Basel is Switzerland’s little secret. Located where the Swiss, French and German borders meet, Basel is a mecca for architects. Traditionally, the city has had an ancient kind of allure – Medieval Gates, grand cathedrals and historical palaces – but nowadays, contemporary architecture can be found everywhere. Special thanks to Basel Tourismus and my friend … Continue reading

23 Spots You Shouldn’t Miss in Madrid If You Love Architecture
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23 Spots You Shouldn’t Miss in Madrid If You Love Architecture

Madrid, with its cobblestone streets, vibrant parks and classical buildings, is a most delightful city. However, its past reveals tumultuous fights and intense history that, luckily for us, has resulted in positive urban measures and constant architectural renewal. Its interesting past is reflected in the old façades, open public spaces and religious institutions, but also … Continue reading

7 Charming European Destinations to Visit This Spring
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7 Charming European Destinations to Visit This Spring

Anyone excited about Spring? Trees are slowly getting ready to bloom, Europe’s cultural agenda is aligning art and film festivals and we are happy to start planning some weekend adventures. In March, April, and especially May, some cities in Europe offer the best options: pleasant weather, manageable crowds, and reasonable rates. With softer temperatures, blooming … Continue reading

17 Architecturally Amazing Spas in Europe
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17 Architecturally Amazing Spas in Europe

Architecture should be used for the well-being and happiness of its occupants, and even more so when we speak about spas. Spas have existed since the classical times, meaning that we have more experience creating wellness centres than, let’s say, Catholic churches. Spa therapies are a popular means to treat illnesses, resulting in physical and spiritual purification. … Continue reading

The Free Architecture Guide of Porto (PDF)
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The Free Architecture Guide of Porto (PDF)

Porto, the second-largest city in Portugal after Lisbon, has a vast and interesting history; and its Roman, Celtic and Muslim influences have left behind a rich architectural legacy. This beautiful area of the Douro River has a surprising mix of buildings: Medieval religious architecture, contemporary structures by starchitects Siza and Soto de Moura and the … Continue reading

The Free Architecture Guide of Stockholm (PDF)
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The Free Architecture Guide of Stockholm (PDF)

Stockholm is vast and its history is softly infused in the landmarks that stretch across the Baltic Sea. The capital’s architecture is brimming with significance. From Vaxholm Fortress, built by Russian prisoners (and used as the filming location of Pippi) to the royal palaces of Kungliga Slottet and Drottningholms Slott. From the charmingly ancient streets of … Continue reading

Modern Religious Architecture: 10 Stunning Constructions Of The Past 10 Years
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Modern Religious Architecture: 10 Stunning Constructions Of The Past 10 Years

What’s the role of religion nowadays? In an increasingly stressful and individualistic world, worship places around the world are doing their best at providing peaceful spaces where a community of people can thrive together, as a group. One might think that such a building typology is declining. On the contrary, investment from several institutions (government, … Continue reading

Traveling back in time: Aboard the luxurious Belmond British Pullman train
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Traveling back in time: Aboard the luxurious Belmond British Pullman train

Those who have read Agatha Christie’s novel Murder on the Orient Express (1934), will have a vivid mental image of the train I am about to describe: Art deco cabins with shiny polished wood, brass luggage racks, staff members in elegant hats, champagne bar, high-end cutlery and crockery for sophisticated dining. These original Pullman coaches, … Continue reading

23 Spots You Shouldn’t Miss in Barcelona If You Love Architecture
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23 Spots You Shouldn’t Miss in Barcelona If You Love Architecture

Nobody can resist the charm of Barcelona. Especially us architects. In Barcelona, the cradle of contemporary urbanism, the landscape is enriched with endless layers of history. Since its first settlers, Roman colonists, generation after generation built here, one on top of another. Romans, Visigoths and a brief Islamic period are still embedded within the city’s … Continue reading

23 Spots You Shouldn’t Miss in Tokyo If You Love Architecture
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23 Spots You Shouldn’t Miss in Tokyo If You Love Architecture

Tokyo is rapidly expanding and by 2050 is expected to have an impressive population of 38 million. The city’s infrastructure and architecture are following suit and new constructions are constantly being built. But what typology of buildings are popping here and there across the metropolis? You’ll be surprised to learn that the newer constructions, especially … Continue reading